WWF has announced that Paris is the 2016 Global Earth Hour Capital, recognizing the city as a role model for climate action for its vision for sustainability. Paris is joined by 8 other ICLEI Members honored for their action toward sustainability by winning the Earth Hour national title.
WWF has announced that Paris is the 2016 Global Earth Hour Capital, recognizing the city as a role model for climate action for its ambitious vision, innovative actions and successful engagement with business, civil society and other cities around the world.
Paris hosted the historic global climate summit last year and has created a model for other city governments to replicate. In addition to setting up an effective centralized Climate Agency, ensuring clean vehicles, extending public transportation and developing waste-to-fuel conversion, Paris has also incorporated a regular review process to ensure that the city is on track to meet its sustainability goals and the needs of its citizens.
“Paris, as a member of ICLEI, is a global forerunner in sustainability." said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI. The city's ambitious, long-term, holistic vision, supported by concrete climate actions and ambitious targets set the bar high for the Earth Hour City Challenge this year. Paris has demonstrated its commitment to inspire, collaborate and exchange knowledge with cities around the world, taking this to new heights as the host of the COP21 last year.”
Paris now joins the ranks of previous global Earth Hour City Challenge winners such as Vancouver, Cape Town and Seoul, which have shown extraordinary leadership in sustainability.
National winners of the Earth Hour City Challenge this year included:
ICLEI and WFF work closely together to mobilize cities to participate in the Earth Hour City Challenge. ICLEI also provides the use of its carbonn Climate Registry as the reporting platform for the initiative.
The press release from WWF is available here.
Photo credit: "Paris, France, Eiffel tower seen at sunset from Arch of Triomphe" by Moyan Brenn is licensed under CC BY 2.0.