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Now that we are in a different era and climate change deniers are in charge of U.S. climate policy, the cities, states, and private sector are taking on a larger role in climate change initiatives. Check out this article from The New York Times by Lizette Alvarez about the work of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on climate change.
At a meeting this week in Miami, the mayors spent a day discussing how cities can respond to climate change problems. The article details some of the responses, but to me, one of the most important things that the mayors did is to develop measurable benchmarks to try to achieve sustainability goals. One particular goal is to make U.S. cities run on 100% renewable energy by 2035. It is an achievable goal and I think it is a great step forward.
We all set goals in our lives to try to achieve things we want. We set educational goals, financial goals, family goals, and bucket lists. Sustainability works the same way. Organizations that do not develop goals maintain the status quo. They stagnate and do not change with the times or the needs of society. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, through its work on sustainability, sets a strong example how other organizations can respond to climate change in our age of distributed climate change policy.