The William J. Clinton Foundation has announced an expansion of the alliance between the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) — a global coalition of cities working to reduce urban carbon emissions and adapt to climate change — and the Clinton Climate Initiative Cities Program (CCI).
CCI and C40 have been working together since 2006, but the new agreement will bring increased resources and improved infrastructure to the combined organization while expanding the number of cities participating in the coalition. According to the New York Times, the newly combined organization is expected to have a budget of about $15 million, a staff of seventy, and will have its main offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London.
Although cities occupy just 2 percent of the Earth's land mass, they are home to more than 50 percent of its population, account for more than two-thirds of its energy consumption, and generate over 70 percent of its carbon emissions. Given these statistics, former President Clinton and New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, chair of the C40 Group, believe that cities have the potential to be one of the greatest drivers of climate change action.
"Cities around the world play an essential role in addressing climate change. I've been honored by the progress that we have achieved since 2006, when my foundation was invited to assist forty of the largest cities in the world with energy efficient buildings, improved transportation, outdoor lighting, and waste management," said Clinton. "Together we are proving it is possible to create jobs and grow economies through reduced emissions. By combining forces with the C40, I believe the CCI Cities Program can continue to expand this work and make an even greater impact."“President Clinton and Mayor Bloomberg Join Forces to Combat Climate Change.” William J. Clinton Foundation Press Release 4/13/11.
Barbaro, Michael. “Bloomberg and Clinton Merge Climate Groups.” New York Times 4/13/11.
Primary Subject: Environment
Secondary Subject(s): International Affairs/Development