“When you have seen an Octopus in a parking garage you know something is wrong”, were the words of Former Vice President Al Gore as he addressed today’s C40 Cities conference. He was of course referring to the recent flooding in Florida.
With Hurricane Florence in the North Atlantic, Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the north-west Pacific and Olivia likely to make landfall on the other American seaboard, it is an apt time to talk about climate change.
With cities responsible for more than seventy percent of global carbon emissions, the question surely is: can cities, particularly where national leadership is absent (no comment), really lead the way out of this developing crisis?
Well I wasn’t sure at the beginning of my time here but I am starting to be convinced. A bit like the Metro Mayor Cities Network that Ashden conceived to help UK cities learn from each other, C40 is doing that on a global scale with 16 mayors present from every corner of the world from Paris, to Warsaw to Durban.