What is a Daring City?
When it comes to solving the climate crisis, cities have an unprecedented opportunity. We already have the tools to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cities by close to 90 percent in the next 30 years. We just need to empower leaders and residents to adopt them. Cities will help chart the future course of life on Earth, and thousands of them are stepping up to fight climate change. Some are flat-out daring, finding ways to navigate major opposition as they go.
Welcome to the Daring Cities podcast, where we talk to urban leaders around the world who are taking radical climate action to prepare for, adapt to, and tackle the climate emergency. Join host Julia Scott for stories from seven daring cities, in countries as diverse as the Philippines, Japan, Argentina, and the USA.
Daring Cities: Malmö
In this episode, we visit Malmö, Sweden. This Scandinavian city has plans to form Europe's first cross-border carbon-neutral zone with its neighbor, Copenhagen. At the same time, Malmö finds itself grappling with how to be "climate neutral" in a connected world where you can only act on the emissions you can control.
Daring Cities: Buenos Aires
Today we visit Buenos Aires, Argentina. The country’s capital has been a pioneer on climate action in Latin America for over a decade. Now Buenos Aires is accelerating the pace of its green transition, in spite of the country’s strict COVID-19 lockdown and a challenging economy.
Daring Cities: Pasig City
Today we visit Pasig City in the Philippines. A regional trendsetter in tackling greenhouse gas emissions, Pasig City is now a model city nationally in terms of its COVID-19 response, which gives citizens the tools to grow their own food and use sustainable transportation.
Daring Cities: Japan
Today we visit Nagano Prefecture, part of a group of daring local governments across the country that have adopted zero-carbon goals. Now they are pushing the national government away from its addiction to coal. In Japan, change often comes from the bottom up.
Daring Cities: Pittsburgh
In this episode, we visit Pittsburgh, USA. Despite ongoing challenges, the town that’s still known as “Steel City” has made extraordinary strides in forging a green post-industrial future. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says fracking imperils that progress — and reveals his agenda for a healthy local economy.
Daring Cities: Turku
In this episode we visit Turku, Finland. This city, dating back to the Viking era, will be carbon neutral by 2029. It has become a laboratory city for circular development, with a focus on reducing waste across sectors — solving the waste problem before it even starts.