PARIS (AP) — Michael Bloomberg and mayors of large world cities want to weigh in on upcoming U.N. climate negotiations with their local experiences in fighting global warming.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Bloomberg, former New York mayor and now a U.N. climate change envoy, are convening mayors of Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Johannesburg and other cities Dec. 4 in Paris. Hidalgo's office said the mayors will produce proposals to negotiators at the U.N. conference near Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11.
Local leaders have been at the forefront of some of the more ambitious measures to reduce emissions. Bloomberg said the mayors' meeting will help ensure their "voice is heard in the treaty negotiations."
His efforts in New York included planting 800,000 trees, improving bus and bike transport and requiring more energy-efficient buildings.