Mayor Livingstone this week joined former US President Bill Clinton, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at the launch of the Clinton Climate Initiative.
The CCI is a joint initiative between the Clinton Foundation and the the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group which is chaired by Mayor Livingstone and comprises of most of the largest cities in the world which have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Speaking at the launch President Clinton said “it no longer makes sense for us to debate whether or not the earth is warming at an alarming rate, and it doesn’t make sense for us to sit back and wait for others to act.” Mr Clinton said the partnership would “take practical and, most importantly, measurable steps toward helping to slow down global warming, and by taking this approach I think we can make a big difference.”
Highlighting the dangers of climate change Ken Livingstone said there “is no bigger task for humanity than to avert catastrophic climate change. The world’s largest cities can have a major impact on this.”
“On behalf of the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, I am delighted to be able to enter into this new partnership to rapidly accelerate cities’ response to global warming. Our aim is simple – to change the world.”