The starting point for handling our climate emergency? Treat it like a house on fire.

If we’re going to take climate change seriously, we need to treat it like a house on fire. That analogy came from not just one, but two presenters in two separate ICLEI Daring Cities sessions yesterday, hailing from two different continents. “If your house is on fire, then everyone needs to respond to put it 

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Bonn continues to lead as global hub for sustainable development

With the launch of this week’s Daring Cities 2021 virtual conference, thought leaders from around the world are poised to exchange their knowledge and problem solving skills as part of the ongoing fight against climate change. And not unlike what it has done in supporting numerous other climate-focused events in the past, Bonn is hosting 

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Hit the ground running at the opening day of Daring Cities 2021

ICLEI Director of Global Advocacy, Yunus Arikan, says Day One of Daring Cities 2021 (4 October 2021) will remind us how the fight against climate change is a race against time. And it’s a race in more ways than one. “This is a race like no other, because we have a long way to go. 

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Money Talks: Daring Cities 2021 finance sessions highlight critical role of capital in bringing green infrastructure projects to fruition

Local and regional governments can talk all they want about tackling climate change, but at the end of the day, “nothing will happen on the ground without the financing… at least nothing of substance,” observes Nigel Jollands, the associate director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). “The only way we’re going to 

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ICLEI President Cownie on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead

The way Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie sees it, cities and towns should “always have a seat at the table” in the multi-level dialogue surrounding climate change. As mayor of a midwestern American city since 2004, this has been a long-held priority for Cownie – and now as the newly-elected president of ICLEI, it moves 

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From ICLEI World Congress to COP26: Cities like Glasgow and Bonn push for transformative change

If there was a common storyline at last week’s ICLEI World Congress, it was that local politicians are pushing hard on multiple fronts to enact positive change, often with more aggressive targets than their peers at the national level. Targets however, that require at least some degree of federal funding in order to come to 

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Moving from planning to action. How ICLEI is helping to accelerate the transition to net zero

“ICLEI has been tackling climate change for more than 30 years and when we started, it was certainly not a hot topic, but today it is a critical topic and it is literally life-defining for many people,” observed Maryke van Staden at last week’s ICLEI World Congress 2021-22. She went on to note that in 

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Local governments are poised for a bigger role in protecting nature. Is your city on board?

“Humanity’s relationship with nature is broken.” That’s the unsettling observation UN Secretary General António Guterres made in a recent speech that Kobie Brand says helps keep things in perspective for her in her capacity as Global Director of the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center. “He said that we are in a crisis… and the defining issue 

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Malmö, Sweden: A testing ground for integrated sustainable solutions

The former industrial shipyard Western Harbour boasts a heavy concentration of green roofs and a heat pump plant that provides residents with heating and cooling. The neighbourhood of Augustenborg is known for its focus on climate adaptation and social and green regeneration initiatives. Hyllie for its smart energy solutions, Sege Park for its sharing economy, 

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Sustainability officers respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis with renewed determination

This piece originally appeared in Cities Today. In Turku, Finland, sustainability meetings and events have gone virtual, reaching much larger audiences. The City of uMhlathuze, South Africa, has developed a programme to promote more home-based businesses. Oakland in the United States has established a new food systems ordinance to encourage more urban gardens. Far from 

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