It will require a possible but unprecedented transition, in terms of speed and scale, to reach climate-neutrality by 2030. Local governments will need to act together with business leaders, knowledge institutions, disruptive innovators, artists, civil society, and citizens, to radically multiply everyone's collective actions towards climate-neutrality. This requires deeper and wider engagement and participation of citizens and urban stakeholders in the design, development, investment, implementation and monitoring of climate actions.
Transitioning an entire city to climate-neutrality requires a recognition of the different perspectives, interests and climate vulnerability of each community and stakeholder. No single individual or group can bring about the change on their own, everyone’s voice needs to matter. Reaching climate-neutrality requires the creativity, passion, energy and drive of citizens and stakeholders, who need to become partners, allies and co-orchestrators in order for change to occur. Cities across Europe are already building new democratic approaches that are people-centred, committed to community and climate resilience, and respond to the local context. This will be the foundation of social innovation
but also more widely of effective, legitimate, and socially just city action for climate-neutrality, creating strong and healthier communities.