- Title: Women mayors battle climate change
- Date: 15th March 2017
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MARCH 15, 2017) (REUTERS) TILT DOWN FROM CEILING TO WOMEN4CLIMATE CONFERENCE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY LOW MEMORIAL LIBRARY PANEL PARTICIPANTS HOLDING SIGN READING (English): '#WOMEN4CLIMATE' PARIS MAYOR ANNE HIDALGO (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARIS MAYOR ANNE HIDALGO, SAYING: "First of all air pollution is really important in Paris. And it's mainly due to car traffic. With citizens and with my team, we have decided to limit car traffic. We have also taken measures to forbid vehicles that pollute the most and we have proposed alternatives because mayors propose solutions. I am very motivated with my whole team to really find solutions on pollution because pollution kills. We are working both on bans but also new transport solutions for citizens. We have in particular, reclaimed the banks around the Seine to make a big park in the heart of Paris, which is really a place that allows Parisians and visitors to breathe, to have pure air. And I think we are very much today succeeding in our bet to lower pollution, to reduce polluting vehicles but it's hard, it's heavy duty, which requires a lot of courage and strong will and dialogue with the economic sector, with vehicle car makers. In fact, we've agreed to have a meeting at the end of the month with car makers and mayors from around the world in order to carry out our ambition to limit pollution." PAN OF PANEL PARTICIPANTS INCLUDING MEXICO CITY MAYOR MIGUEL MANCERA, HOLDING SIGN READING (English): '#WOMEN4CLIMATE' (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICO CITY MAYOR MIGUEL MANCERA, SAYING: "Well Mexico City is working constantly in the fight against climate change. We have a plan of action, it's a plan of action that goes up to 2020. In the action plan we have specific goals for the reduction of polluting gases, we have specific goals for water infrastructure, we have specific goals for public transport. In all and each of these plans of action, Mexico is now committed and is working with C40, we are also working with the Rockefeller Foundation for issues of resilience so we have several open fronts (to fight climate change). Thirty years ago, Mexico City was the most polluted city in the world. Today, Mexico City has an executive seat 1140 and today Mexico City is very far away from being the world's most polluted city." MANCERA AND CAPE TOWN MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAPE TOWN MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE, SAYING: "I think that the initiative by Mayor Hidalgo to bring women together for climate change is just at the right time to again draw the focus to the victims and the people who are most vulnerable because of climate change, they are women. Besides women are more than 50 percent of the world's population." AUDIENCE LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CARACAS MAYOR HELEN FERNANDEZ, SAYING: "In the case of Donald Trump, I want to relay a message to you. It is the people who choose the government and it is the people who make the government feel. We women are in very crucial times, in a country where the president is creating a dictatorship and women are on the frontlines in the battle for the protection of human rights and part of this is the environment, water, air, the elements, it all depends on the environment." VARIOUS WIDES OF PANEL PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 14, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EIFFEL TOWER
- Embargoed: 29th March 2017 22:23
- Keywords: Helen Fernandez Women4Climate climate change Anne Hidalgo Paris Miguel Mancera Patricia de Lille
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / PARIS, FRANCE / MEXICO CITY + CHALCO, MEXICO
- City: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / PARIS, FRANCE / MEXICO CITY + CHALCO, MEXICO
- Country: Various
- Topics: Pollution,Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA001682OGNB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Women leaders from around the world convened in New York City on Wednesday (March 15) to take action against climate change.
The Women4Climate initiative was headed by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, with conference members talking about the role of women in their fight to combat air pollution and climate change.
In October 2016, Hidalgo was elected chair of the C40 cities group, which focuses on driving urban action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Leaders called on U.S. President Donald Trump to do more to help reach the goals agreed at the World Climate Change Conference 2015, known as COP21.
The Paris Agreement reached by nearly 200 nations over a year ago will help guide a radical shift of the world economy away from fossil fuels in order to limit heat waves, floods, droughts and rising sea levels.
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