Feb 13, 2012
No editorializing here. Just some starter facts for you dedicated readers who are willing to do your own research and draw your own conclusions. I will make one recommendation however; take a good look at the goals set by the US Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement and try to imagine what it will take to bring our city into compliance with those goals. Good luck!
Under the US Mayors’ Climate Protection 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
The 2005 was hosted and funded by ICLEI- the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.
ICLEI 2005 Policy Commitments
- Municipal Leaders Summit on Climate Change
- Sundance Summit: A Mayors’ Gathering on Climate Protection
- US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
- United Nations Climate Change Conference
- Urban Environmental Accords
About ICLEI-In 1990, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), a membership association of local governments and regional and national level organizations committed to sustainable development, was established at the inaugural World Conference of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future at the United Nations. ICLEI’s mission was to target local governmental action as a prescription for complex, global environmental problems. Read more
On August 9, 2005, Mayor Haralson signed the US Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement. Since then the City of Norman joined over 418 other communities across the country in pledging to reduce global warming emissions.