While rapid urbanization comes with many problems, such as the overuse of resources, climate change and inequality, cities become ever more important, also as motors of innovation. Today, more than half of humanity lives in cities, and the urban population is expected to increase to 68 percent of the global population by 2050. To tackle the social, economic, and ecological challenges, we need new paradigms of innovation and engagement.
Measured, quantitative outcomes / project impact
In the past, we had primarily two ways of addressing global problems: nation-states and global corporations. The City Climate Cup propose a third, complementary way of addressing global problems: through networks of cities and the mobilization of civil society. City Climate Cup would produce novel solutions to global problems, and encourage their implementation and the learning of cities from each other. We propose to measure and benchmark sustainability progress, celebrate achievements and organize the sharing of good practices.
ICLEI is a Founding Signatory of the City Climate Cup initiative and aims to engage with cities to both encourage participation and highlight achievements through its available channels of communication in order to advocate for urban climate leaders to take the sherpa role for its peers.
This activity is designed to encourage citizen participation through the use of apps and other measuring methods in support of its city climate goal in low emission development.