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Top 5 Cities That Got Climate Change Right


Climate change is one of the problems the modern world has but cities all over the world are doing their best to address this problem. Here are seven cities that got climate change right according to the C40 Awards because they developed innovative solutions to address this problem in their cities.

Addis Ababa

This African nation was one of the top 5 cities that get climate change right by addressing their transportation problem. They had put up the Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit Project which is predicted to reduce 1.8 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Not only did it impact the the environment but it also created 6,000 more jobs.

Curitiba, Brazil

This city's answer to climate change is building sustainable communities by planting more trees, addressing waste transport distances and composting as well as teaching the community about the environment. Their urban agriculture strategy has already observed a great reduction in CO2 emission.

Sydney and Melbourne

These Australian cities have established the CitySwitch Green Office program, which aims to to cut 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide emission every year with the help of businesses and building owners. The scheme asks those who sign up to fully prioritize reporting "auditable achievements" in climate action. They also encouraged members to have a 4-star and 6-star ranking on the National Australian Built Environment Rating System.


Seoul was one of the top 5 cities that get climate change right by adopting an approach that solves this environmental problem and promotes social equity. Their Energy Welfare Public Private Partnership Program financed energy retrofits that would reduce greenhouse gas emission and, at the same time, reduce energy consumption and spending on low-income families.


One of the cities in the United States which has a strong stand against climate change is Portland. As one of the top 5 cities that get climate change right, they aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050 through their 2015 Climate Action Plan.

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