Mayors attack ‘ineptitude’ of world leaders and accuse US, Brazil, Australia, Russia and Turkey of being ‘essentially representatives of the fossil fuel industry’
Mayors from a group representing more than 90 of the world’s biggest cities have launched a blistering attack on the failure to agree strong measures to fight the climate crisis at last month’s UN Climate Action Summit, blaming “a small number of powerful governments serving the interests of the fossil fuel industry”.
The C40 group of leading global cities is gathered in Copenhagen this week for its seventh World Mayors’ Summit, founded in 2005 by the former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.
“World leaders met in New York just last month and once again failed to agree anything close to the level of action necessary to stop the climate crisis,” the group’s chair, Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, said in a statement.
China produces the most heat-trapping pollution, followed by the US. But historically, the US has contributed more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than any other nation. The US also has high emissions per capita, compared to other developed countries. And Americans buy products made in China, therefore supporting China’s carbon footprint.