Mayors from all over Argentina gathered to address climate change.


14/03/2019

More than 70 municipal representatives participated; among them were Rosario Mayor, Monica Fein, alongside the Province’s Climate Change Secretar, César Elicier Mackler, Subsecretary of Climate Change and Sustainable Development within the Ministry of Enviroment and Susteinable development, Carlos Gentile, the Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundatiion, Dörte Wollard, and the Executive Secretary of the RAMCC, Ricardo Bertolino.

“The Cities are key participants in the transforming reality, and in this moment there are two working lines we are addressing: mitigation and adaptation,” Said Mayor Fein, who also added: “There are 150 cities and communes here today, they are part of a network that carries out an inventory of greenhouse gasses, analyses which actions have a bigger impact in their environment, and maps out a course of action accordingly.”

“Each city has to make an inventory and carry out a Local Plan of Action Against Climate Change, thus creating synergies that allow them to reach better results in the mitigation of the effects of climate change.” She stated next.

Further into the gathering, she stated that “The network is the biggest in Latin America and is known for being a massive network integrated by local governments that work daily to achieve energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, better management of residues, and renewable energy sources. Which also happen to be some of the items present in the UN’s Sustainable Development Aims.”

San Lorenzo’s Mayor, Leonardo Raimundo, noted that between seventy and eighty mayors and communal presidents from various parts of the country participated in the event. He also highlighted the fact that such attendance shows that “An essential component of fight and contention against climate change can be contributed by communal and municipal politics and that it could be applied to urban scales as a collective commitment to contribute in order to alleviate this global issue.”

“In this National Assembly of mayors and commune presidents we wish to not only evaluate our own work, but also to share wheat we are doing and our plans for the future,” Said the head of the RAMCC, Ricardo Bertolino. He also highlighted two particular items: “The Argentine Network is the first of its kind in Latin America that proposes an 18% reduction in its discharges compared to those of 2014. The second issue is how is it we are going to adapt to this, climate change has already settled in our planet; we need to know what will happen to mountain ranges, in flood areas, how will we react to it and how are we planning to work with the more vulnerable parts of the population. This will be a part of the workshops that are to be carried out.”

The RAMCC is a coordinating and local public politics pushing against climate change entity that works in cities and towns across Argentina. It coordinates local action, socializes experiences, and evaluates the results of the programs developed in the municipalities involved taking into account international entities.

It also executes municipal projects or programs, be it regional or national, related to mitigation and/or adaptation to climate change, based on the mobilization of local, national or international resources.

Translator: Rosario Soubrie