How Cities Have Become Clean Energy Leaders

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Publisher’s Comment:

Monica Mayotte, is contributing a series of articles on environmental climate changes and the anticipated dangers these present to coastal cities, Boca Raton included. In her last article, “World Class Cities Understand ‘Sustainability and Resiliency’ Attract the Best and the Brightest”, published May 4th, Monica reports that Boca Raton was not a participating city in the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. Apparently, that is about to change. The City Council is posed to vote on an item that will authorize the Mayor to sign the pact for Boca Raton to become an active participant in this regional effort. Kudo to Councilman Robert Weinroth who apparently requested this item be brought forward for council action.

Al Zucaro

For centuries, cities have been at the heart of arts and culture, thriving business, and innovative ideas. Over 90 percent of urban areas are coastal, which means that most cities are extremely vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis as sea levels rise, polar ice melts, and powerful storms sweep across these regions.

But here’s the good news: cities around the globe – places like Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro, and Seoul – are also at the forefront of some of the most powerful solutions to this crisis.

To find out how cities all around the world are stepping up to become leaders in clean energy and sustainable development, download the Cities100 illustrated guide.

Urban areas account for most of the world’s carbon emissions, and their share will continue to increase as two-thirds of the world’s population will call cities home by 2050. Booming populations bring with them challenges, but also many opportunities to adapt and grow sustainably.

In the guide, you’ll learn about 100 climate solutions from 61 cities in 10 different sectors, from clean energy and transportation to social equity and more.

Download the Cities100 guide now. If you find it useful, share it with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.

– Your friends at Climate Reality

PS The Cities100 guide is the work of Sustainia, C40 Cities, and Realdania, used with permission.

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Monica is a 20-year Boca Raton resident and the former chairperson of the city’s Green Living Advisory Board. She is the Florida Regional Climate Reality Leader for the Climate Reality Project (www.climaterealityproject.org) and a volunteer for the Citizens Climate Lobby (www.citizensclimatelobby.org). Over the past several years, she has been committed to advocating for a sustainable lifestyle for all by reducing our impact on our environment by eliminating the use of fossil fuels for energy, through water protection and conservation, and by healthy living.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This climate change farce is a great disappointment coming from you. I thought you had more sense than this. This is a scam with no scientific proof backed by those on the take. Gore has made millions with this scam and the reason why he has fostered this. If the council was so concerned about pollution, they would not have approved the building of those monstrous high rises downtown which will cause the overcrowding and auto pollution. It is interesting that all of these climate change alarmist are the biggest polluters with their jets, mansions, etc. They never practice what they preach and their motto is “you must abide but not me”.
    Now I know who backs this farce on the council, I will know who NOT to vote for in the future.

  2. Mr. Bonin, I would first like to debunk your theory that Mr. Gore’s home is an energy hog. Here is a link to a Fox News story that clarifies the false stories that were circulated about his 80-year old Tennessee ranch. Please note the date on the story is 2007. In the 10 years, since this story was written, further improvements have been made to the home.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/12/14/al-gore-energy-pig-tennessee-mansion-goes-green.html

    If you actually live in South Florida, you can see firsthand evidence of sea level rise caused by the melting ice caps and glaciers several times a year during the King Tides. When was the last time you visited Miami Beach? That city is currently raising roads to ensure their city’s future. Sunny day flooding is happening right here in Boca Raton on the barrier island also. My next Bocawatch article will highlight this problem and why it is important for city council to address mitigating and adapting to the changes that will continue to worsen as time passes. If you would like scientific proof of climate change, here is a NASA article review:

    https://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/

    Addressing climate change by moving to renewable sources for electricity production, like wind, solar, geothermal, will not only reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere but will also create new jobs around the world and improve the health and safety of all humans on Earth by ensuring we have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink, both essential to sustain life on Earth.

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