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· With rising concern about the state of our environment, leaders around the world are calling on federal governments to take action against climate change and apply public pressure as encouragement for citizens.
· In what ways can the government encourage individuals to reduce their carbon footprint and take action against climate change?
Since President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement in 2017, local leadership has been at the forefront of efforts to combat global warming. Such efforts have increased in the face of dire predictions about the future state of the planet from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC) and the federal government.
Other leaders have echoed these dire warnings. On Sunday, a number of agencies co-authored a new report dubbed "United in Science," which found the average global temperature for 2015-2019 is on track to be the hottest of any equivalent period since records began. It also found that sea level rise is accelerating, and carbon dioxide emissions grew by 2% in 2018.
Meanwhile, Trump has touted environmental leadership in the U.S., albeit not mentioning the work of mayors and local governments in a recent high-profile address. Mayors have said the federal government must do more to assist such leadership, with suggestions including a new federal department focused on resiliency and a "Marshall Plan for the Midwest" to create jobs in a green economy.
During the panel discussion, Rep. Francis Rooney, R-FL, called carbon pricing the "best alternative for a targeted solution, while Tonko said it would go a long way to righting the wrongs of pollution.
Read the full article about calling on the federal government to take climate action by Chris Teale at Smart Cities Dive.