US Mayors Climate Change Agreement

The US Mayors Climate Change Agreement has been signed by 180 US Mayors. ''From the Seattle Mayor's office which initiated it as part of the Seattle Environmental Action Agenda which also "includes City efforts to improve healthy habitats and clean water, to increase sustainable forests, and to reduce paper use and increase recycling."

"On February 16, 2005 the Kyoto Protocol took effect in the 141 countries that ratified it. That day Mayor Nickels challenged mayors across the country to join Seattle in taking local action to reduce global warming pollution."

"On March 30, 2005, 10 mayors representing more than 3 million Americans, joined together to invite cities from across the country to take additional actions to significantly reduce global warming pollution." They sent [http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/climate/PDF/USCM_6-page_Climate_Mailing_ALL.pdf|this letter (PDF) "to more than 400 other US mayors".

"On June 13, 2005, the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement was passed (PDF) unanimously by the U.S. Conference of Mayors."

Mayors inside and outside of the Conference continue to formalize their commitment by signing on to the agreement:

"November 09, 2005 188 mayors representing over 40 million Americans have accepted the challenge."

In early December, 2005, the COP 11 Montreal international meetings and negotiations on climate protection, to begin negotiations on a successor to Kyoto to apply after 2012, will likely result in an update to the commitments.

the Agreement

"Climate disruption is an urgent threat to the environmental and economic health of our communities. Many cities, in this country and abroad, already have strong local policies and programs in place to reduce global warming pollution, but more action is needed at the local, state, and federal levels to meet the challenge. On February 16, 2005 the Kyoto Protocol, the international agreement to address climate disruption, became law for the 141 countries that have ratified it to date. On that day, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels launched this initiative to advance the goals of the Kyoto Protocol through leadership and action by at least 141 American cities. Mayor Nickels, along with a growing number of other US mayors, is leading the development of a US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement ; our goal is for at least 141 cities to sign onto the Agreement by the time of the U.S. Conference of Mayors June meeting in Chicago."

"Under the Agreement, participating cities commit to take following three actions:"

"Strive to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets in their own communities, through actions ranging from anti-sprawl land-use policies to urban forest restoration projects to public information campaigns;"

"Urge their state governments, and the federal government, to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the greenhouse gas emission reduction target suggested for the United States in the Kyoto Protocol — 7% reduction from 1990 levels by 2012; and"

"Urge the U.S. Congress to pass the bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation, which would establish a national emission trading system."

"In addition to building a coalition of at least 141 cities to sign onto the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, Mayor Nickels, along with the other participating mayors, is leading an effort to win endorsement of the Agreement by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, through passage of a resolution at their upcoming meeting in June."