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Miami works on a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

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The city of Miami is working on a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2035. It involves a series of measures to protect the environment.

In that sense, Mayor Francis Suárez said that "we must" manage our drainage system in a more efficient way and protect the health of Biscayne Bay. "

He added that "in the end, the responsibility of keeping our planet clean belongs to everyone, so we must clean, recycle and reject because the best inheritance we can leave to our future generations is" a world in which they can live. "

In recognition of #EarthDay, there couldn't be a more appropriate time to unveil the Miami Forever Carbon Neutral Plan and our new Stormwater Master Plan, said Miami Mayor Francis Suárez.

Suárez specified that "investing in our natural resources is investing in our residents, and as your mayor, I am committed to providing you and your children with the best quality of life in the history of Miami."

Miami became the first city in Florida and 96th in the world to join C40 Cities, an international climate organization that helps cities reduce their carbon footprint. Mayor Francis Suárez called it a moral imperative for the city to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions.

In recent years, Miami has chosen to largely address the two feet of sea-level rise expected by 2060 with adaptation measures that address the effects of climate change, such as flooded streets, rising groundwater. and the hottest days. The driving force (excess greenhouse gases in the atmosphere) has not been on the agenda.

Under pressure from activists, that is beginning to change. Miami has just declared a "climate emergency," a symbolic gesture given the city's growing focus on the issue. Since then, advocates have lobbied the city to commit to reducing its carbon footprint.

Susan Glickman, Florida director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, called it an important goal for the city.

"It is key that local governments commit to meaningful targets to move the needle back on carbon emissions," she said.

“It is important that cities like Miami show leadership." She shows that the state of Florida, which has not yet made any carbon emissions targets, is possible and it is important to do so to avoid the worst implication of climate change.

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Since 1970, every April 22 is commemorated as Earth Day, to raise awareness of the importance of taking action to protect our planet. Earth Day, officially International Mother Earth Day, is a day celebrated in many countries on April 22.

Earth Day is meant to be spent celebrating the planet's clean natural resources. In recent years, the day has been used to raise awareness about global climate change.

Its promoter, US Senator Gaylord Nelson, established this day to create a common awareness of the problems of overpopulation, the production of pollution, the conservation of biodiversity, and other environmental concerns to protect the Earth.

It is a day to pay tribute to our planet and recognize the Earth as our home and our mother, as different cultures have expressed throughout history, demonstrating the interdependence between its many ecosystems and the living beings that inhabit it.

Bidens also talks about the importance of protecting the environment, "more than 50 years ago, a generation rallied to confront the environmental crises they faced," Biden's proclamation says. "They took action in hopes that those in power would listen. Today, a new generation is sounding the alarm louder than ever, demanding that world leaders act. It is in all our interests to rise to that challenge and let our legacy be one of action."

Earth Day is dedicated to the bountiful Mother Nature and with each passing year, as the world battles a climate crisis, Earth Day is gaining significance. In 1990, Earth Day became an ''environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet''.

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