Our day-to-day lives are punctuated by peaks in pollution levels, largely caused by vehicle emissions, that result in serious health problems. We therefore assume with determination our mission to protect public health and the climate.
But the full potential of cities and experts around the world will only be unlocked if there is a clear, ambitious and stable global commitment from governments to fight climate change.
We need to create frameworks on global, national and regional levels that make it easier to overcome barriers such as funding, policy incentives, knowledge sharing and education. In short: we must make it easy to become energy-efficient.
The unprecedented drought in the Middle East has been linked to manmade climate change and according to some researchers may have contributed to political instability in Syria as rural areas were abandoned as people swarmed to cities, no longer able to make a living in the country.