In the fight against climate change, New York City has long been a model for cities around the world.
The City recently announced it would take action to strengthen its defenses against climate change and its root causes, by divesting from fossil fuel reserve owners and suing five major fossil fuel companies who have profited from climate change. Chief Resilience Officer Daniel Zarrilli told us more about this effort:
In 2015, the City released the world’s first-ever urban resilience strategy, OneNYC, in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities. The plan is approaching the third anniversary of its release, and to date, 99% of its initiatives are underway.
In 2017, in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, the City announced a new plan to align its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions with the Agreement’s targets to curb the effects of climate change, including proposing new rules such as requiring its aging buildings to strictly reduce their fossil fuel use.
Today, under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio and CRO Daniel Zarrilli, the City continues to set an example for cities around the world and around our global network. New York City recognizes that building a more resilient city is about more than preparing for the next shock — it’s also about providing everyday benefits that protect residents and improve their well-being during good times.
Read more about New York City’s efforts to build resilience: