For centuries, cities have been at the heart of the arts and culture, thriving businesses, and innovative ideas. Over ninety percent of urban areas are coastal, which means that most cities on the planet are extremely vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis as sea levels rise, polar ice melts, and powerful storms sweep across these regions. The good news is that while cities are particularly at risk from the climate crisis, they are also behind some of the most powerful solutions.
This article highlights 5 cities that are leading the way to make a difference through integrated solutions to the ecological crisis. To read more check out Cities100, a report on 100 cities that have become leaders in clean energy, solid waste, climate action plans, assessments and action. It is also worthwhile checking out the sponsors of this report here: SUSTAINIA and C40Cities.