Even when national governments are slow to act, cities, states, and regions can lead the charge in addressing climate change.
Ferguson: “At this level of government, there’s a lot more opportunity for a greater degree of flexibility and innovation in the policies that are being developed.”
That’s Libby Ferguson, states and regions director at The Climate Group. This nonprofit works with a coalition of cities, states, and regions worldwide that have pledged to dramatically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Ferguson: “We have a wide variety of governments – from rainforest states through to large economic regions in Germany – all setting out how they, in their different regional contexts, will achieve 80-95 percent emissions reduction by 2050.”
Participants share knowledge and work together to develop and implement effective policies. And they track progress towards their goals.
The coalition is made up of more than 160 local and regional governments from 33 countries and six continents. And Ferguson says that more governments are joining all the time.
Ferguson: “We see this as just the start.”
Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy.