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  • Lloyd Wright
    This initiative from Seattle sounds like it may fit well with the Kyoto Cities Challenge... Grist Magazine Seattle, other U.S. cities to hammer out their own
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      This initiative from Seattle sounds like it may fit well with the Kyoto Cities

      Grist Magazine
      Seattle, other U.S. cities to hammer out their own Kyoto-like reductions

      The Kyoto Protocol has arrived, and though the Bush administration
      has opted out, others in the U.S. are not so climate oblivious.
      Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announced Wednesday he's leading an effort
      to get major U.S. cities to agree to Kyoto-like reductions of their
      greenhouse-gas emissions, to show the feds that "the cost is minimal
      or there isn't a cost at all," he said. The mayors of 10 other
      cities including Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and Portland, Ore.,
      have already expressed interest in the effort, to be formalized in
      June at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Chicago. To help Seattle
      find creative ways of meeting Kyoto targets, Nickels has created a
      "green ribbon" coalition chaired by Denis Hayes, environmental leader
      and coordinator of the first Earth Day, and
      current-but-soon-to-be-former CEO of Starbucks Orin Smith. "This is
      not going to be 'turn out your lights when you leave rooms.' We'll
      be looking for ways we can dramatically decarbonize the economy and
      at the same time make it robust," said Hayes.

      straight to the source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Kathy Mulady, 17 Feb 2005

      straight to the source: Seattle Times, Bob Young, 17 Feb 2005

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      Received: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 03:26:59 PM EST
      From: "EcoPlan, Paris" <eric.britton@...>
      To: <WorldTransport@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: WorldTransport Forum Empty Chair in Kyoto

      Sunday, February 20, 2005, Paris, France, Europe

      Dear Friends,

      May we ask your help in seeing to it that this release gets maximum

      And I very much hope, as always, that you will chose to get involved. There
      is plenty to keep all hands busy.

      As you will note, for full background all you have to do is turn to the New
      Mobility Agenda site at http://newmobility.org <http://newmobility.org/> .
      It's all there.

      With kindest thanks and best wishes,

      Eric Britton

      Media Release. Paris, 20 February 2005 Media Release. Paris,
      20 February 2005

      Empty Chair in Kyoto

      Open Society program sets out to help world cities become "Kyoto Compliant"

      Source: The New Mobility Agenda at <http://newmobility.org%20/>
      http://newmobility.org, Paris, France

      Kyoto Treaty Needs Help in Cities

      After years of hard work on many sides, the Kyoto Protocols finally entered
      into effect on 16th February. And with it the obligation of 140 nations to
      do something about their greenhouse gas emissions. For the advanced
      industrial economies, the targets are going to be extremely hard to meet.
      But at least there is now a process in place which is starting to point the
      way. In some parts of the economy that is.

      However when it comes to transport in cities, there can be no grounds for
      optimism. 140 countries may have signed the Treaty, but not one city even
      initialed it. Transportation was the empty chair in Kyoto.

      How is that possible? It is well known that transport accounts for as much
      as 50%, and often more, of all air pollution being cranked out in our
      cities. However, and despite the many useful improvements made in recent
      years a number of leading innovating cities and projects, all the trends are
      harshly moving in the wrong direction. Each year and in every single city on
      the planet we are seeing more traffic, more lost time, more pollution, more
      accidents, more unnecessary deficits, and more urban amenity and quality of
      life washed away by aimless short-sighted policies.

      How can we move ahead on the challenges of Kyoto unless we figure out how to
      fill the missing chair?

      Kyoto Cities Challenge

      On the day the Kyoto Protocols entered into international law, the New
      Mobility Agenda, a Paris-based NGO, together with a world wide network of
      distinguished colleagues and organizations, announced a voluntary program
      and strategy to address this alarming oversight: the Kyoto Cities Challenge.

      The groundwork for this cooperative effort had been carefully laid over the
      last months with a series of internet discussions and in-person and
      videoconference exchanges which in time reached out to more than a thousand
      international experts and leading groups in the fields that need to be part
      of the solution. The new program has been carefully shaped through these
      expert exchanges and is now ready to go.

      The Challenge goals are exceptionally ambitious -- as indeed they must be
      under the circumstances. It not only invites each participating city to set
      exceptionally tough performance targets for itself to move toward "Kyoto
      Compliance", but also to do this in terms of a very tight timetable of less
      than two years.

      One variant receiving especially close attention is the 20/20 Challenge.
      The goal is to create a high profile city-wide action program to achieve
      some form of 20% reduction in a target period of 20 months. The question
      comes up of course "20% of what". And this is something that needs to be
      sorted out by the planning teams in each city. Thus one city might target a
      20% reduction of CO2 emissions, another of some indicator of motorized
      traffic, a third perhaps some pubic health metric such as pulmonary
      infections. But in each case these need to be set carefully during the
      intense three month blueprint stage.

      The international expert group is confident that this challenge can be met,
      but is well aware that this is going to require exceptionally strong local
      leadership, considerable technical virtuosity and a broad base of public
      support if it is to work The cooperating experts are confident that once a
      first group of pioneer cities show the way, this approach will capture the
      attention of many others and spread like wildfire. What is needed now is
      that first set of high visibility, high impact city programs. The rest will

      And in this way we will have at last filled that empty chair in Kyoto.

      *** END 613 WORDS END ***

      For more information on the Kyoto Cities Challenge go to

      Contact: Eric Britton

      The Commons: Open Society Sustainability Initiative at
      <http://ecoplan.org/> http://ecoplan.org

      Le Frene, 8/10 rue Joseph Bara 75006 Paris, France

      E: <mailto:postmaster@...> postmaster@...
      T: +331 4326 1323

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