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Bloomberg: Mayors hold key to climate change progress via @grist

Bloomberg: Mayors hold key to climate change progress via @grist

"As mayors -- the great pragmatists of the world's stage and directly responsible for the well-being of the majority of the world's people -- we don't have the luxury of simply talking about change but not delivering it." That was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking at the United Nations yesterday. Bloomberg delivered the remarks in his usual flat tone to a vast room filled with blank-faced diplomats, bureaucrats, and international do-gooders. But there was real urgency in the message he was delivering: It's time to give cities a substantive role in international climate-change negotiations -- because national and international governments have been bickering and dithering while disaster is bearing down on them. Bloomberg, who is chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group , was speaking as part of a panel put together by the Ford Foundation in advance of the Ri...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-12-16-bloomberg-mayors-h...

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