Mayors unite in Chicago-led effort to confront climate change

Obama to Speak as World Mayors Sign Chicago Climate Charter

Mayors were expected to sign the Chicago Climate Charter, marking the way forward for municipal leaders to take climate action into their own hands in the face of federal inaction.

Mayors from across the country say a lack of leadership in Washington on climate change is prompting them to take action themselves.

Chicago is committing to electric cars and renewable energy as cities step up to fulfill an global climate change deal the US has spurned.

"Miami already floods on sunny days", Obama said. "It was going to be up to all of us", he continued.

"Ultimately, the work is up to each of us", Obama told attendees.

"We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far", Obama said during his speech at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago.

Dubbed the "Chicago Climate Charter," Plante and the more than 50 other mayors at the C40 conference are essentially committing to doing what Donald Trump has rejected: following the guidelines outset in the Paris Climate Accord. He said the most important work addressing climate change isn't being done at the level of national leaders but on the ground.

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Mayors from cities in Mexico and Canada joined their US counterparts in committing to reducing carbon emissions.

Former US President Barack Obama has spoken of his frustration that America is pulling out of the 2015 climate accord. "We're on that path and we know our American sisters and brothers are".

The former president said that climate change should be an "obsession" for Americans and having a plan to address it, he said, should be a "prerequisite" for anyone running for office.

Without mentioning Trump by name, Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff to Obama, said Trump is in denial on climate change, but shouldn't ignore science.

The Trump administration has made multiple decisions to end or reverse Obama-era policies focused on combatting climate change. Trump has said the terms of the agreement should be more favourable to businesses and taxpayers.

In lieu of the nation's withdrawal from an global agreement on climate change, 50 municipal leaders from around the country, including Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, signed a charter Tuesday committing their cities to emissions reductions.

The earliest the United States can withdraw from the Paris agreement is November 2020.

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