How cities around the world are tackling climate change | FT

Mayors of Los Angeles, Paris, Accra and Mumbai’s environment minister talk about how climate change is affecting each of their cities and what they are doing about it.

You know cities are probably the best place to see action around climate our systems are what’s driving a lot of climate change so and if you can actually plan a city in a better way be it with renewable energy or even a forest station in an urban area that would be a huge impact on climate change the impact is most felt at the city level and you are the first

Point of response in any activities i think climate change presents a number of challenges certainly the impact of the extreme weather the deep drought the fires that come along with that we’ve seen our air quality retreat after decades of progress to some of the worst air quality even in the midst of a pandemic that we’ve seen in decades we’ve started to have

Many more erratic weather events than before and i think that is just a pattern for what we now know as climate change so monsoons have reduced from 120 days on an average to about 72 days to 75 days but the volume of monsoon has actually hit double that of the 120 days volume so i think that is really scary one of the key challenges that we have faced over the

Years is flooding the rainfall pattern has changed coupled with inadequate infrastructure to accommodate running water and sometimes sadly lives are lost we’re looking at those things that have immediate payoff as well those are the things that we have to do that are long term we mapped where there’s shade in los angeles and where there’s not and we looked

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At putting new trees where there weren’t old trees we looked at how we were paving our streets and are pioneering some of the first light paving of an asphalt that literally brings the temperature down by as much as 10 degrees because people need to feel cooler when we hit a drought most of our natural soil area is getting covered with artificial elements like

Concrete or asphalt so there is no water that’s percolating into the ground so we’ve created percolation ponds where it’ll go down as into the aquifer and we can really have water tables rising hopefully after some years that’s what what we’re working on we are building heavy infrastructure or storm drains and dredging water bodies so that we can reduce the

Incidence of flooding and we’ve also started the greening of open spaces in our car so that we can get more fresh air on the ground per example plutover electric or very derozan the burning of waste is a main source of emission in our car about 60 percent of it so we are promoting more recycling and reusing of waste and our aim is that by 2030 we should have

The amount of waste that goes to the landfill site we are also encouraging a lot of companies to adopt renewable energy especially solar we have a target of at least 25 of energy to be clean and renewable by 2025 and we’re trying to meet that one of the things that i have been able to luckily push is solarizing our highways so we’re having this one huge highway

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Connecting the two capitals of our state mumbai and nagpur on that highway we will be able to generate about 230 megawatts of clean solar energy along with that we floated tenders for floating solar panels of 80 megawatts in one of our lakes and we’re going to do for all five or six of our lakes we’re also having a huge push for urban forests that we initiated about

Two years ago uh more parks more walkability more bikes better public transit a place that moved from being the car capital of the world to a place that’s now the transit capital of the world we’re taking off our gas plants that right now generate much of our energy and actually building renewable energy projects some of the largest for instance solar projects

In the united states of america but i think that the thing i’m maybe most proud of is that we’re taking all of our waste water and going to be recycling that and reduce the emissions that we uh have because we bring a lot of use a lot of electricity to bring that water to los angeles today so it’s big and it’s small it’s neighborhood based and it’s systemic as

Well but we’re very excited to be able to do that and to show the world you can still have a great city and a great quality of life even as you transform your environmental work

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