By Kelly Shultz, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Environment Team
Last week the Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment Team joined global C40 mayors, policy experts, city officials and business leaders in Mexico City for the sixth C40 Mayors Summit. Together we explored how to accelerate climate action in 90 of the world’s greatest and largest cities—from Austin to Rio de Janeiro to Oslo to Wuhan—and celebrated the boldest urban climate projects from 2016 at the C40 Awards Ceremony.
By Kelly Shultz, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Environment team
Now more than ever, cities are taking the lead when it comes to acting on climate change. Last May, Melissa Wright took to our blog to tell the story of the City Energy Project, a nationwide initiative co-funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Kresge Foundation, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to address the largest source of pollution and energy use in cities, namely buildings.
Cities around the world are facing unique challenges as they confront the realities of climate change, yet their motivations for building low-carbon sustainable futures are the same. The way in which locals leaders take action on bold climate measures is an opportunity for cities to learn from one another. That’s why the U.S. Department of State and Bloomberg Philanthropies convened the second Our Cities, Our Climate exchange this year, hosting 17 urban sustainability directors from 16 countries to participate in collaborative sessions in three U.S. cities: San Francisco, California; Austin, Texas; and Washington, D.C.
By Dale Galvin, Managing Director of Sustainable Markets and Finance, Rare
Many years ago I visited Ligui, a small town on the east coast of Baja California, Mexico. We were engaging the local fishing community with our time-tested approach to making change. It included equal parts community engagement, social marketing, capacity building, and the provision of technical assistance which, in this case, ensured the fishing cooperatives could achieve legal status and begin to manage their fisheries sustainably.
By Andy Sharpless, Oceana CEO
In January 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies launched its Vibrant Oceans Initiative, a five-year, $53 million commitment to help restore fish populations around the world. The grant, which supports work by Oceana, Rare and Encourage Capital, marked the largest philanthropic commitment to international fisheries reform management to date.
By Bruce Nilles, Senior Director of Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club
Sierra Club’s partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies on the Beyond Coal campaign over the past five years has helped the United States cut carbon pollution further and faster than any other major country in the world. There’s no secret to the success of our campaign. This grassroots effort has helped retire 238 of the 523 coal plants that were operating nationwide in 2011 – equal to approximately one third of total electricity generating capacity powered by coal. We’ve accomplished this through a combination of grassroots campaigning, litigation, local and national policy advocacy, and strategic communications.
By Ailun Yang, Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment Team
This week I had the pleasure of joining Bloomberg Philanthropies’ partners and sixteen U.S. Mayors and city representatives in Beijing, China at the second U.S.—China Climate Leaders Summit. Throughout the two-day Summit, Bloomberg Philanthropies and our partners highlighted the important role cities play in combating climate change through a series of new partnerships, research and initiatives.
By Patricia E. Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies
The world’s oceans are as beautiful as they are important. As a diver for more than 25 years, I have seen firsthand the devastating impact poor management has had on our oceans. The mysterious and beautiful world below the oceans’ surface plays a critical role in our global economy and food supply, but is under threat.
By Antha N. Williams, Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment Team
As representatives from Chinese and U.S. cities gather in Beijing to announce new ways of working together to combat climate change, “green finance” will be high on the agenda. With innovation and the right mechanisms, cities can attract new private capital for China’s green projects.
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Environment program brings together a wide range of partners, including cities, businesses, public health advocates and citizen’s groups, to address some of the most serious threats to our environment. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite environmentally-friendly @instagram accounts to keep you in the know on just a few of the initiatives impacting our Earth. Don’t forget to follow us on @BloombergDotOrg to learn more about these organizations and how we’re supporting their causes.