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Urban activities are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, and as cities continue to grow, so will these emissions, but cities and their citizens are increasingly stepping up to counter this. In relation to ‘green action’, cities and citizens are increasingly taking matters into their own hands, rather than waiting for government action. Mayors of cities are increasingly stepping up to take action and stimulate public engagement towards local solutions for climate change and carbon neutral cities. Many cities are working towards the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). At the local level, neighborhood and communities are increasingly getting together to co-design public spaces and regenerate biodiversity and ecosystem services, while finding alternative sources of food and income. This strive for carbon neutral cities carries the risk of ‘greenwashing’, with private investors focusing on richer parts of cities and their population. City governments are increasingly being called upon to justify the effectiveness of public actions and ensure more equity in access to green urban spaces. This includes reflecting on the value of urban spaces and their use for collective interests.

Escalating green action in cities

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Escalating green action in cities