Mayors unite in Chicago-led effort to confront climate change

Emmett Rice
December 8, 2017

The agreement requires the cities to track and publicly report city emissions, advocate for greater local authority and flexibility to take aggressive action on climate, and incorporate the realities of climate change and its impacts into local infrastructure and energy planning. In June, President Trump announced he was withdrawing the USA from the non-binding global agreement that aims to reduce carbon emissions worldwide.

In June, Trump announced the U.S' withdrawal from the historic global climate agreement reached in 2015, joining only two countries, Syria and Nicaragua, in rejecting the deal.

Many big city American mayors pilloried Trump as being shortsighted.

The Chicago Climate Charter, signed Tuesday, commits cities to carbon emissions reductions in line with the Paris accords. When a reporter asked Canadian mayors what message they had for Trump, Emanuel interjected: "Can I take that question too?"

Emanuel has also highlighted investment into the city's mass transit system - the Chicago is in the midst of a several billion dollar modernization of effort of the Chicago Transit Authority - as well as and expansion of the city's bike sharing system in making the pitch on the livability of the city when pitching large corporations to relocate.

Emanuel says the participating mayors are filling a leadership void created by Trump by signing a first-of-it's-kind worldwide charter agreement aligned to the Paris climate agreement that commits their cities to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and outlines specific plans for meeting the carbon emission reduction targets by 2025.

The former president hilariously thanked himself for his administration's impressive economic record during a speech at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago Tuesday.

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The former president's Chicago appearance also gave a boost to his former chief of staff as Emanuel ramps up to run for a third term as mayor. Some mayors had to specifically agree to commit to expand public transportation and invest in natural climate solutions such as tree canopy and vegetation. Finding concrete solutions with experts to fight climate change is another stipulation on the charter.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Lord Mayor Isaya Mwita Charles signs the Chicago Climate Charter at the North American Climate Summit at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago. Obama and Democrats have spun the long-running sarcastic joke to upended criticism from conservatives who blamed the president for problems that had little to do with his policies.

Mayor Emanuel has continued to push his way forward in city sustainability and environmental protections.

CHICAGO-Former President Barack Obama popped in to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's mayoral climate summit on Tuesday, saying it can be challenging to address climate change "in an unusual time" but never mentioning U.S. President Donald Trump by name. He said the most important work addressing climate change isn't being done at the level of national leaders, but is being done on the ground.

The idea is to fill the void left by the actions of the Republican president, who has worked to reverse much of Obama's approach to foreign policy.

Other mayors attending include Valerie Plante of Montreal and Miguel Angel Mancera of Mexico City.

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