Cool City Challenge
We invite you to participate in Cool City Challenge’s climate moonshot coopetition to become carbon neutral by 2030 without offsets! We will be awarding $1,000,000 plus consulting support to each winning city!
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Scroll down to learn about the first three winning cities – Los Angeles, Irvine, and Petaluma – and the climate moonshot strategy.
About the Cool City Challenge: The Cool City Challenge mission is to accelerate the decarbonization of the world’s cities which emit 70% of the planet’s CO2. It does this by empowering cities to create moonshot strategies that integrate bottom-up and top-down climate solutions. This is complemented by building the transformative capacity of moonshot leadership teams assembled from the public, private and civic sectors. Combining these two elements creates a whole-system climate solution with the ability to accelerate the speed and magnitude of change. The Challenge also provides multi-sector moonshot teams with the financial resources, tools and consulting support to help their cities reach carbon neutrality by 2030 without offsets. Cool City Challenge is an initiative of Empowerment Institute.
Climate scientists tell us we must achieve by 2030 what humanity is trying to accomplish by 2050 to avoid irreversible ecological tipping points. In other words, we must accelerate time by 3x. To achieve this, we need to change the way we think about change. Business as usual climate solutions are not up to the task. We need a climate moonshot strategy.
The Cool City Challenge invites cities (initially in California and the US; then worldwide) to embark on the climate moonshot of our time: becoming carbon neutral by 2030 without offsets.
Technologically we know this is possible, but it is the magnitude and speed of change that is the challenge. This is a second order change problem and needs a second order change solution.
The Cool City Challenge moonshot strategy is a robust second order change climate solution based on three decades of experience that brings the whole system together. It provides a scalable blueprint for cities to embark on this profoundly inspiring and necessary mission for humanity’s future.
Moonshot thinking is when you choose a huge problem and propose a radical solution using breakthrough technology.
Huge problem: The need to dramatically accelerate the speed and magnitude of carbon mitigation in cities which represents 70% of the planet’s CO2 emissions.
Radical solution: Empower cities to become carbon neutral by 2030 accelerating by 3x the 2050 United Nations goal.
Breakthrough technology: Our climate moonshot strategy’s second order change social technology.
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