COPENHAGEN — Mayor Eric Garcetti today was elected Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, an international network of the world’s largest cities committed to concrete action to combat climate change.
The announcement came on the first day of the C40 World Mayors Summit, where the group of more than 90 mayors formally declared a Global Climate Emergency and announced their support for a Global Green New Deal.
“When it comes to climate action, no one is doing more than cities, but no one is doing enough,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are entering a make-or-break decade for the preservation of our planet and environmental justice for every community — and I am proud to chair C40 cities at this critical moment. Together we will continue leading the drive to protect the world and promote a better, more equitable life for everyone living in it.”
Led by Mayor Garcetti and current C40 Chair and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the coalition of mayors was joined at the summit by a broad collection of climate experts, advocates, business leaders, and youth activists. Together, all of these players reaffirmed C40’s core commitment to preserve the environment, strengthen the economy, and reduce emissions from the sectors most responsible for the climate crisis — transportation, industry, buildings, and waste.
At the heart of the Global Green New Deal are four principles: the recognition of a Climate Emergency; a commitment to keeping global heating below the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement; a promise to build more equitable economies and advance the cause of environmental justice; and a pledge to work with a broad range of impacted parties, from governments and businesses to labor organizations, scientists, youth, and communities disproportionately impacted by climate change and poverty.
“Under Mayor Garcetti’s leadership, Los Angeles has successfully reduced carbon pollution while also creating green jobs and strengthening the city's economy,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, President of the C40 Board of Directors, and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action. “It’s great to see Mayor Garcetti pick up the torch from Mayor Hidalgo, and I know C40 will benefit from his strong leadership and commitment. I look forward to working with him to help cities around the world accelerate their work to confront the climate crisis."
Mayor Garcetti has served as the Vice Chair of the C40 Cities since April 2014, helping lead the group to commit to new targets that make cities greener, more prosperous, and more equitable. As part of this effort, Los Angeles has joined other cities in adopting the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration, Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration, and the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration.
"For more than a decade, mayors have been setting the global standard for what ambitious climate action looks like,” said Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities. “In that time, a small number of powerful countries, backed by the fossil fuel industry, have blocked meaningful action at the national level. The global climate emergency means there’s no more time to wait. C40 Cities, under the leadership of Mayor Garcetti, will drive an urgent, fundamental transfer of global resources away from fossil fuels and into action that avert the climate crisis. This is the future we want, and we will deliver it together."
Mayor Garcetti is set to formally take office as Chair of C40 Cities on December 1.
C40 Cities connects more than 90 of the world’s leading cities to take bold climate action and build a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe.