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Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

Mohamed Sefiani

ChefchaouenClimate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action.

When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are working to combat the rising impacts of a changing climate through reducing local greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing resilience and transitioning to low-carbon economies.

But in order to achieve these goals, accountability is key. We must have the tools to track our progress transparently by turning climate actions into collective and measurable results.

This month I will attend the inaugural Board meeting of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in Brussels, a coalition of over 7,400 cities spanning more than 120 countries. There I will meet with like-minded Mayors from around the world who are working together to act on climate change under the leadership of Co-Chairs Michael R.

Bloomberg and European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic. The Global Covenant of Mayors will provide a platform for cities to commit to, track and monitor progress on climate action. And the best part, it’s totally transparent with all the data made publicly available.

As part of my commitment to the Global Covenant of Mayors, Chefchaouen is a leading city in climate action by finding local solutions to lower the amount of greenhouse gases and make for a sustainable future.

In Chefchaouen, our work has made a strong contribution to this global impact by focusing on improving energy efficiency, increasing energy savings, increasing the use of renewable energy sources and protecting our environment by creating a green and sustainable economy. Chefchaouen is home to the Info-Energie Center, the first of its kind in Morocco, a place that anyone in our city or neighboring area can come and receive quality advice on making their homes, businesses and community more energy efficient.

The Paris Agreement, which entered into full force last year, signified a broad commitment from global leaders to join local communities and cities together in tackling the effects of our changing climate.

But after agreement, comes action and that action is happening from the ground up. In Chefchaouen, our local efforts include purchasing bicycles with electric assistance to increase nonpolluting means of transport, integrating our citizens in councils to make smart climate decisions, and implementing a long-term plan that includes closing our open landfill, combatting deforestation, and mitigating the pollution of water.

While great work is being done around the world, it’s clear that the need for city climate diplomacy is greater now than ever before. I’m encouraged by the local initiatives and best practices being taken and shared by cities in every corner of our globe. But while we’ve made great strides, there’s more that we can do.

More mayors must take immediate action to continue to advance our global progress. That’s why I’m calling on fellow local leaders to commit to the Global Covenant of Mayors to join thousands of communities leading the fight against climate change.

Every local leader can be an agent of change. Every citizen has a voice that can rally our leaders together to join a global cause.

Local leaders deserve a seat at the global table when it comes to the future of our communities and our planet. For that reason, I’m asking that every local leader, wherever they may be, commits to the Global Covenant of Mayors. It is the best way to demonstrate the power and strength of local impact as we turn agreement into action and action into results.

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