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  • Posted November 19, 2010 by
    seeitnow
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    Mexico City, Mexico
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    World Mayor’s climate summit

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    Mayor's Summit on the Environment

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     seeitnow sat down last month with Mexico City's Minister of the Environment, Martha Delgado. When he first arrived in Mexico City, he said, 'I was not expecting it to be as green and pleasant as it actually is ... Due to the aggresive green initiatives that the city has been adopting, such as planting millions of trees every year, Martha told me that the number of days when the city's pollution level is classified as high has been more than cut if half since 1995.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    At the moment, Mexico is the centre of the global movement toward climate change.

     

    Mexico City’s mayor Marcelo Ebrard is actually the chair of the World Mayor's Council on Climate Change and a week before the United Nations will be hosting COP-16 in Cancun, Mexico City is hosting mayors from around the world for The World Mayor’s Summit on Climate Change (WMSC). The event hopes to effectively combine local-level advocacy with international cooperation and awareness.

     

    At this summit on November 21, World Mayors Council on Climate Change, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is inviting these mayors from all over the world to sign the Global Cities Covenant on Climate Change (the Mexico City Pact). This pact aims to show the important role cities have in the fight against climate change.

     

    "Our cities are at risk now," Mayor Ebrard says. "We are losing time, so cities around the world must work more closely together."

     

    Martha Delgado, Mexico City’s Secretary of Environment, is also central to the city's green efforts and is at the forefront of Mexico City's Green Plan (Plan Verde). I had a chance to sit down with Martha and find out more about WMSC as well as about Mexico City’s achievements in the fight against climate change.

     

    www.wmsc2010.org
    www.planverde.df.gob.mx/planverde

     

    Report produced by

     

    Percy von Lipinski & Tracy Bymoen

     

    More Mexico reports at www.percysnewworld.com

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