(New York, NY) – Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the 195-nation 2015 Paris agreement on climate change:
“The US government today has made urban leadership in combating climate change both more critical and more difficult. President Trump’s decision to reverse course on the Paris climate accord will not only hamper cities’ efforts to prepare for climate change – it will deprive them of billions of dollars to design and enact broader resilient solutions that could help them address a whole host of challenges. If done right, solutions used to address the shocks of climate change could also address the slow burning disaster cities face – seawalls could be designed to create more park land; parks could be designed to both lessen the heat island effect and to promote community cohesiveness; and more. Reneging on this agreement is an abrogation of US leadership and will directly impede global efforts to build proactive, resilient responses to an enormous array of 21st-century challenges.
“But while the president’s actions undermine the landmark agreement signed by nearly every nation, it does not spell the end of climate leadership in the United States. From Seattle to Dallas to Miami to New York, cities are investing in resilient solutions that are preparing residents for whatever future our changing climate brings us. The creative, multi-benefit approaches to climate challenges that cities across the country are taking are now even more critical to the country’s future. While this is an ill-informed and disappointing decision, the global community should look past the White House to the urban centers – in America and around the world – for leadership on climate change.”
Mitch Schwartz, 914-330-1026
About 100 Resilient Cities
100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.