Climate change is escalating the threat cities and towns around the United States face from severe weather, from heat waves and wildfires to coastal storms and flooding. But there is good news: our city leaders can take practical steps to prepare and protect our communities.
That is why World Wildlife Fund is challenging U.S. cities to prepare for the harmful consequences of climate change through the Earth Hour City Challenge.
Forward-thinking cities are already taking action by protecting limited water supplies, reducing urban flooding and empowering their citizens to better protect themselves and their homes.
You and your neighbors can reduce the costs and dangers weather extremes pose to your community -- but only if your local leaders take proactive steps to address the risks of climate change. Sign this pledge today to urge your Mayor to take part in the Earth Hour City Challenge and prepare for climate change!
Dear City Leader,
I'm writing to urge you to help protect my family and our city from the harmful consequences of increasingly extreme weather by participating in WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge, a competition among cities to prepare for a changing climate.
Our community is at risk -- and we aren't alone. Cities throughout our country are on the front lines of increasingly extreme weather, from more intense heat waves and wildfires to droughts, rainstorms, and floods. As climate change worsens, dangerous weather events are getting more frequent or severe -- or both.
But our city can take practical measures at the local level to prepare for these weather extremes, protecting us from more costly and dangerous problems in the future. Infrastructure improvements and other proactive actions will save us money and keep our families and communities safer and healthier.
How is our city preparing for these climatic changes? And are we doing enough?
With this letter I challenge our city to compete in WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge! I hope you will participate and protect my family and fellow residents by preparing for the increasingly extreme weather our community is already facing. Learn more at http://www.earthhourcitychallenge.org.