Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week that negotiators at the Conference of Parties (COP21) U.N. climate talks in Paris adopted a final agreement to combat climate change.
The mayor said the agreement will “unlock innovation and investment” to reduce emissions and help communities adapt to climate change.
“We are far from done, however,” Garcetti said. “Cities generate 80 percent of the world’s GDP, produce 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and house more than 50 percent of the world’s population. The agreement’s ultimate success will depend on local leadership.”
Garcetti said the mayors will “redouble” efforts to protect communities from risks posed by climate change, such as diminishing air quality to extreme weather, famine or drought.
“Last week in Paris, more than 500 mayors and municipal representatives from 115 countries gathered at Paris’s city hall to make clear that cities can and will lead on climate by increasing the energy efficiency of our buildings, expanding renewable energy, adding electric vehicles to our fleets, and leading the search for other solutions besides,” he added. “We will also continue to push back against Congress’s shortsighted efforts to reverse course, most recently on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.”
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