01 Jun '11, 11am

Megacity mayors leading the fight for sustainable survival at the C40 summit

Megacity mayors leading the fight for sustainable survival at the C40 summit

The megacity of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Luiz Henrique Varga Assuncao Cross-posted from ThinkProgress . Leaders of the world's megacities are meeting in Sao Paulo this week for a major climate summit , the fourth meeting of the C40 Climate Leadership Group. From Michael Bloomberg of New York City to Kuma Demeksa of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the mayors and top deputies attending represent 297 million people -- 4 percent of the world's population, 10 percent of global greenhouse pollution, and 18 percent of global economic output. In 2005, the former mayor of London, Ken Livingston, founded the C20, comprised of 20 of the largest multimillion-person cities in the world. He recognized that where national governments were not doing enough, cities could do a lot more, especially the mayors of large cities who have statutory powers outside of national government. As the group has ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-05-31-megacity-mayors-le...

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