October 15, 2019

QC Signs C40’s Global ‘Clean Air’ and ‘Good Food’ Cities Declarations

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  • Quezon City recently took part in the C40 World Mayors Summit 2019 and signed the ‘Clean Air’ and ‘Good Food’ Cities Declarations last October 10 and 11 in Copenhagen, Germany.

    Quezon Memorial Circle

    The cities declaration signing aims to promote a healthy diet and deliver clean air among the international climate action group cities’ citizens.

    Quezon City is the only Philippine city to participate in the summit wherein Mayor Joy Belmonte signed both clean air and good food declarations together with mayors from other global cities.

    The Future We Want is POSSIBLE – the C40 World Mayors Summit 2019

    The Future We Want is POSSIBLE – the C40 World Mayors Summit 2019.

    C40 Citiesさんの投稿 2019年10月10日木曜日

    Also read: Quezon City: Dream City of the North

    “In a city like Quezon City where people are generally living not very prosperous lives, climate change takes a back seat. But when it is an issue they can relate with—like flooding, for example, it affects their daily lives—then that is the way they build a discourse so people can relate and participate in issues pertaining to addressing the climate crisis,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte in a panel discussion at the C40 World Mayors Summit.

    Clean Air Cities Declaration

    At least 35 city mayors pledged to the Clean Air Cities Declaration, which aims to deliver clean air for the more than 140 million people that live in each of the C40 cities. 

    The cities that signed the Clean Air Cities Declaration are Amman, Austin, Bengaluru, Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Delhi, Dubai, Durban (eThekwini), Guadalajara, Heidelberg, Houston, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Lima, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Medellin, Mexico City, Milan, Oslo, Paris, Portland, Quito, Quezon City, Rotterdam, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Washington D.C.

    Clean Air Cities Declaration

    Clean air is a basic human right. We can’t have healthy & prosperous cities without it. Today at the C40 World Mayors Summit, more than 35 mayors committed to ending the injustice of air pollution and pledged to deliver clean air to more than 140 million urban citizens 🌎9 in 10 citizens around the world breathe dirty air, and more than 7 million people die prematurely every year because of air pollution. The C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration, commits cities to set ambitious pollution reduction targets that put them on a path to meeting the World Health Organization’s Air Quality Guidelines.Learn more about how mayors are working to clean the air we breathe 👉http://bit.ly/c40-cleanair

    C40 Citiesさんの投稿 2019年10月11日金曜日

    The mayors commit to recognize the importance of clean air as a human right by setting ambitious pollution reduction targets and implement substantive clean air policies by the year 2025.

    The involved cities plan to generate a “race to the top” on cleaning the air in the world’s big cities by publicly reporting on their progress.

    La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City

    Also read: Quezon City One-Day Guide: The Dream City of the North

    Good Food Cities Declaration

    Meanwhile, 14 global cities signed the Good Food Cities Declaration, which aims to promote and preserve the health of citizens and the planet by working on a “Planetary Health Diet” for all by 2030. 

    Here, mayors are tasked to work with their citizens and use their procurement powers to modify the kind of food cities buy, and introduce health policies for affordable, accessible, and healthy food for all.

    Other cities signing the Good Food Cities Declaration include Barcelona, Copenhagen, Guadalajara, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Oslo, Paris, Quezon City, Seoul, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Toronto. 

    Source: C40 Good Food Cities Declaration, C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration

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