Citizens "low in carbon" are an alternative to curb climate change


According to the exhibitors at the event, these citizens are willing to change their habits, to be friendlier to the planet, and to rethink the way they move in their cities to pollute less and lower their carbon footprint.

"The role of citizens to improve cities is underestimated; they do not realize how powerful they are to reduce the carbon footprint," Chilean Javier Vergara, co-founder of the NGO Ciudad Emergente, told Efe.

Vergara, one of the speakers at the first edition of the "Low Carbon City Forum," added that the concept of low-carbon citizens must be made "a street discourse in order to act in a less impactful way for the environment."

"There is a huge opportunity to redirect the boat, appeal to creativity and look to the side because there are many people who are doing powerful things," said the expert.

He added that to be a low-carbon citizen you have to "tear down a lot of stigmas" and start by checking without polluting, in addition to making "simple decisions" such as carpooling, using bicycles more and eating locally.

This dissertation, carried out under the concept "Creating collective solutions" and which will run until Wednesday, brings together 100 guests from 30 countries to seek alternatives that allow creating sustainable cities and part of an urban agenda for climate change.

For his part, the Colombian Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Luis Gilberto Murillo, pointed out that it is necessary to do a review of values ​​and build citizen spaces where there is greater awareness of the need to reduce our carbon footprint.

"We are facing an existential challenge with climate change; if we continue on the same path we are putting humanity at risk. It is a matter of great moral depth," he added.

In this sense, Jennifer Lenhart, director of the WWF Sweden Sustainable Cities program, stated that it is essential "to involve citizens, listen to all stakeholders and replicate the best initiatives."

He also said that "it should be easy to do the right thing", and stressed that we must ensure that cities work as they should.

For her part, Juliana Gutiérrez, coordinator of the forum, highlighted the importance of public-private articulation, of listening to other experiences, knowing the problems and being part of the solutions.

He revealed that the "declaration of low carbon citizens" will remain as a great input for this meeting, which will address issues related to sustainable mobility, proper waste management, circular economy, air quality and climate change financing.

"In a ten-point statement we will tell the leaders of the world that we are committed to building low-carbon cities," he said.

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