The Mayor of Atlanta Georgia, Keisha Lance Bottoms, recently wrote an open letter that was published in The Huffington Post calling for cities to lead on clean air, pollution and addressing climate change. It was an excellent letter that outlined much of what we might already know but is worth repeating, especially within the context of Atlanta becoming the 27th city in the United States to commit to transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy.
“Atlanta’s 100 percent Clean Energy Pledge is a social contract to protect the health and welfare of our residents. As such, we call upon the people of Atlanta to join us in the clean energy movement. This is not just a plan drafted in a vacuum at City Hall — our aim is to unlock the potential of Atlantans to take action to make our city more resilient to the shocks and stresses of a warming planet.”
“Resilience and climate adaptation start with all of us. I invite you to join us in executing this strategy to make 100 percent clean energy a reality for Atlanta. It is our hope that this strategy will inspire us all to work together to create a bigger, better, and more equitable city of the future.”