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Boston to Host 2017 Climate Leaders Summit

Mayor Marty Walsh in Bejing

Secretary of State John Kerry announced last month at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit, held in Bejing, that Boston will host the third annual summit next summer. “Boston has long been a leader on climate action,” says Kerry. “When nearly 200 nations adopted a global climate change agreement in Paris last December, we knew that success would depend on commitment on the local level.”

That commitment includes Climate Ready Boston, an initiative led by the city of Boston in partnership with the Green Ribbon Commission to develop resilient solutions which will prepare the city of Boston for climate change, and the effects of rising sea levels, volatile storms, extreme temperatures and more intense rain and snow. Resilient solutions for buildings, infrastructure, environmental systems and residents will ensure Boston continues to prosper in the face of long-term climate uncertainties.

Mayor Marty Walsh, who also attended this year’s summit, represents North American cities on the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Steering Committee alongside Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles. C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change, and supports cities to collaborate effectively and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.

“There is no more pressing, or defining, global challenge than climate change,” Walsh says. “We know we must be making investments now to create a more sustainable future for the world we share.”

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