Cities must lead a radical global response to climate change is the message Bristol City Mayor Marvin Rees has taken to a world summit in Copenhagen.

Mayor Rees joined city mayors from around the world to plan bold action on climate change at the C40 Summit. The leaders gathered represent over 700 million citizens and one quarter of the global economy.

At the same time Bristol has united with other UK Core Cities to call on the Government to recognise climate change as a major emergency and establish a Climate Emergency Task Force with city leaders.

Mayor Rees said: “Bristol is showing real leadership with action against climate change but we cannot achieve current targets or accelerate progress without Government support and action. I am continuing to lobby Government for a more radical response while also taking part in global planning so we can deliver on our goal to make Bristol carbon neutral by 2030.

“As we develop a new city Climate Strategy to ensure Bristol plays its full part in limiting the impacts of climate change locally and globally, we will also make sure our action is inclusive because environmental justice and social justice must go hand in hand.”

While attending the C40 convention Mayor Rees joined a small group to take part in a private discussion with former US vice-president and environmentalist, Al Gore. Together they discussed the role of cities in raising climate change ambitions at a national level.

Mayor Rees was also invited to speak about climate change migrants. On this he said, “Over the coming years there will be people who are forced to move due to changes to their local environment. As part of sustainable planning, we must consider how we welcome climate refugees.”

Read the Core Cities UK: Tackling the Climate Emergency declaration here.

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Mayor Rees' motion to the LGA conference earlier in the year saw every council in the country declare a climate emergency
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