Mayors from all over the world at the Vatican to talk about climate change
More often then not, people are not thinking of the long term effect of their choices because they are busy trying to meet immediate needs. In discussions and policy debates, we need to start putting the need of our future generations first to start making a dent to the damage that we are causing to our environment now.
MayorMitchell Landrieu of New Orleans at the meeting in the Vatican could be pleased to hear what other mayors were doing to make cities more resilient and “get a practical guide on climate change.” When Hurricane Katrina hit 10 years ago, he said, his city became “the canary in the coal mine” showing the world how extreme weather associated with climate change can devastate a major city.
Mayor Tony Chammany of Kochi, India said that mitigating climate change and curbing poverty and exploitation cost money and demand investments. Today’s financial crisis is hindering greater efforts. for that reason the greater worldpowers should find solutions to get a better balance between rich and poor and getting their priorities right.
Governments must make the environment and social problems a top priority in public spending.
Bill de Blasio in 2013, when he held the citywide office of New York City…
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