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Atlanta's Mayor Calls on Businesses to Partner With Cities on Climate Action

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Kasim Reed spoke at the Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit in New York. Reed, who has been Atlanta’s mayor since 2010, has been a true leader in the battle against climate change at the scale of a major city. He gave a stirring rebuke against the pessimism and gloom that has been setting in recently among those who have taken up that fight, given recent actions at the federal level. “Seventy-five percent of US population and GDP already resides in metropolitan areas.” Groups like the 7,000-member Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate Policy can take decisive and meaningful actions. “If you want to change the world,” said Reed, “start with a city, then bring things up to scale.” He went on to say that for the most part, national governments are not working very efficiently on this problem, almost anywhere. Reed, who is Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the US Conference of Mayors, told the audience, “One of the reasons I decided I wanted us to make real progress on this issue, besides having a child and a family, is that I thought that we could produce a model that shows that anybody who wants to take decisive action on this issue, can make real change.”

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