Cape Town recognized for climate change progress
Cape Town is on the frontlines of tackling climate change. Thulani Gqirana reports for News 24 that the city is the first in Africa to satisfy the planning and reporting requirements of the Compact of Mayors. The compact is the world’s largest city leader-driven effort to combat climate change through reduced emissions and other measures. It was launched at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit.
The city’s accomplishments were praised during International Climate Week, held last month in New York. The South African coastal city was heralded as one of ten metropolitan areas worldwide to be “Compact-compliant.”
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille affirmed the city’s commitment to strengthening its ability to withstand warmer temperatures, more ferocious storms and higher seas. “We are committed to a future which is more energy secure, resource efficient, and resilient to climate change,” she said, according to the article.
The other nine cities that are compliant with the Compact of Mayors are: Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Melbourne, New York, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney and Washington, D. C.