At a climate change conference at the Vatican, California Governor Jerry Brown expressed his support for Pope Francis' recent encyclical, Laudato Si, which strongly described the Pope's belief that climate change is exacerbating the global poverty problem. Calling on both top-down, particularly from the United Nations as the Paris Summit approaches, and local leadership, Pope Francis' message was met with support from other political leaders as well. Representatives from Houston, New York, New Orleans and San Francisco echoed the importance of local action to address climate change. Brown and other local leaders signed a declaration stating that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity.”
This week, we will be highlighting national networks which contribute to furthering climate action in Europe.
Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic (HCCZ) is the only association of Czech municipalities that stipulates in its statutes that it will work towards sustainable development. Its mission is to conenct municipalities and professional organizations in the Czech Republic to cooperate on health, quality of life and sustainability. With its 119 members, it represents some 57% if the national population.
Kyotoclub is an Italian NGO formed by business companies, associations, local authorities and governments engaged in reaching the greenhouse gases reduction targets set by the Kyoto Protocol. It promotes awareness-raising initiatives, information and training fto foster energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable mobility. Kyoto Club puts forward energy-related policy proposals for public decision-makers.
RENER Living Lab - Portuguese Smart Cities Network is made up of 43 municipalities which represent 50% of the population. It aims to act as a living lab for the experimentation and testing of smart urban solutions in real-life context.