The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has been elected to lead the C40 group in Europe, considered the global network of cities against the climate crisis, as reported by the consistory itself in a statement. Colau takes over from the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and will also serve as European vice president of the steering committee of this body with the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala. The cities under the umbrella of the C40 group represent 700 million people and about a quarter of the world economy.
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The mayoress of the Catalan capital has affirmed that this appointment is a recognition to the “brave and ambitious” policies that are being made in the city in climatic matter and has remarked that it is necessary to “push” and “force” the States to fulfill their environmental obligations. “The fight against climate change is a matter of now and it is urgent; the States are late,” she warned. In this line, Colau highlighted the role of the C40 as an engine to “accelerate” local policies against climate change and “increase the influence” of cities in this area.
The mayor insisted on the need for states to be “more courageous” in the fight against the climate emergency, reminded that “there is no planet B” and urged governments to “get their act together” and comply with the reduction of emissions planned in the short term. “We are risking our lives; not only the future, but the present of our sons and daughters,” he concluded.
The mayoress of Barcelona also emphasized that occupying this position is a “recognition” of Barcelona’s leadership in the fight against climate change and initiatives such as the Superilla or the “promotion” of public transport, bicycles and green areas in the city.
Currently, the main objective of the C40 group is to comply with the Paris Agreements signed by the States in 2015, limit global warming and build healthy, equitable and more sustainable communities.s resilience.