Global Environmental Governance: The Role of Local Governments
Looking at the actual needs of the planet ensures that we remain goal oriented. It also leads to the realization that relying exclusively on international conferences where national governments can agree to non-binding commitments may not be enough to get to where we need to be in 2050.
With this in mind, the capacity to act held by cities and local governments becomes important. Cities have the power to implement new initiatives, and are in many parts of the world far more ambitious in their environmental work than the national level. At the same time, cities consume much of the world’s resources and have a disproportionate environmental footprint. A new framework for global environmental governance should harness local governments’ capacity and willingness to act to help solve the problems they are causing.
Original article published at www.uncsd2012.org