Former Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Los Angeles
- Location: CA 90012
- Marching Since: August 28, 2006
We can’t think about global warming as some far-away problem of melting polar ice caps, rising sea-levels, and distant hurricanes in remote places. It is OUR problem here in Los Angeles. This is a global problem with severe local repercussions. The time to act is NOW. Just as no family would watch its house burn down without rallying the community to fight the fire, we need to sound the alarm, join hands, and face this challenge together. We can’t afford to dither, delay, or declare defeat for another year. This is a crisis that we can and must meet. This is why I joined with 200 other Mayors in the US Mayors Agreement on Climate Change in which we pledged to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets. It’s going to require bold action to meet those targets. And we are setting big goals in Los Angeles. I realize that our city has historically been more synonymous with sprawl and smog, but were committed to making LA the greenest big city in America and a model for sustainable practices.