Medellín declares a climate emergency

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“Attention Medellín declares a climate emergency and creates the Medellín Master Plan for climate change. It is time to act, this is the roadmap for the future.

“The plan is based on actions for the environment, infrastructure, mobility and housing that will help mitigate the impacts of climate change. This is a commitment that we must make from all territories”.

With this pair of trills, Mayor Daniel Quintero Calle announced early in the morning that he declared a climate emergency in the city, due to the winter wave that hits the capital of Antioquia.

With this measure, social, technical and financial strategies are defined to better deal with emergencies that arise.

– In addition, the District prioritizes investment in disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change.

– The declaration defines eight priority points to prevent and attend to emergencies as a consequence of the rains.

Mayor Daniel Quintero Calle declared a climate emergency in Medellín on November 24, as a priority measure to define actions that reduce the effects related to this phenomenon that the city experiences such as torrential rains, floods, mass movements, among others.

“Climate change is exponential, it is not linear and its effects are also exponential. In Medellín, more than 42,000 homes are at risk of being affected by the effects of climate change, we have more than 170 streams on red alert and more than 300 on orange alert. This, without a doubt, constitutes a great emergency in our territory that has led to the declaration of a climate emergency, which will be signed by decree. This challenge leads us not only to need actions on the part of the Medellín Mayor’s Office, but forceful actions from all the actors that make up the District, society in general, academia, companies, the Government, workers, and citizens.” , explained the president.

The measure integrates environmental, infrastructure, mobility, habitat and human development actions, in search of sustainability and transformation of cultural dynamics in the face of risk and climate change.

“I want to congratulate the mayor for this great achievement, Medellín has joined almost 2,300 local governments around the world that have declared a climate emergency. The decree represents the seriousness of the commitment that Medellín has acquired in the fight against climate change. The integration of climate change as a fundamental issue in the plans, policies and projects of the mayor’s office is a great advance and is a demonstration of the leadership of the city. We are confident that Medellín will achieve its objectives as a green, clean, and resilient eco-city,” said Andrea Fernández, general director of Climate Financing, Knowledge, and Associations of the C40.

The climate emergency declaration defines eight priority points to prevent and address emergencies that occur as a result of the rainy season that, according to forecasts, will be more intense in the remainder of this year.

“The community plays a fundamental role in the articulation and execution of each one of these actions and from the institutional level in all our lines of work, from the environmental authorities, from national and international entities and organizations that are linked to our processes, we can lead different strategies that allow us to accelerate the implementation of our climate action plan”, explained the Secretary of the Environment, Vanesa Álvarez.

Strategic intervention for Climate Change: covers the implementation of the master plan and the comprehensive transformation of adaptation to climate change, and defines the design and implementation of the megaproject model for the comprehensive care of critical areas, with definitive solutions to risk conditions.

Construction and transformation of an eco-city: it will have three components, the Medellín Futuro crew, for the intervention and cleaning of the stream beds, the construction of sustainable infrastructure for climate change and the promotion of green works and community strength.

E-communities: includes the formation of community committees to deal with climate change, community events and strengthening of territorial capacities, territorial dialogues for risk prevention and the integration of knowledge and communities, which includes a census and the crossing of secondary information from families located in areas at risk of flooding or mass movements.

Econscient Academy: they are pedagogical strategies from the School Environmental Projects-PRAE and the technical media: eco-city and fight against climate change for educational training aimed at disaster risk management with emphasis on adaptation to climate change.

Interconnected environmental territories: they will be established in a comprehensive early warning system against climate change to monitor the course of the streams in the ecological reserves.

Medellín Circular: strategies such as green mobility, which includes the measure to limit the circulation of new vehicles to fossil fuels in the District from 2035, in addition to establishing a peak measure and additional license plate for vehicles with more than 20 years of driving ; sustainable and carbon neutral industry with the generation of tax incentives for companies that reduce air pollution in the metropolitan area.

Climate governance: this includes the international treaties on disaster risk management and climate change and a public agenda on climate variability and territorial planning and the challenges of the public and private sectors for adaptation to climate change.

Territorial management for climate change: with the technical support of the Ministry of the Environment and the operational support of the Dagrd, each of the dependencies of the District Administration is assigned a commune or corregimiento and is in charge of articulating, managing, building and validate compliance with the actions prioritized in the action plan.

“From the network of environmental roundtables in Medellín, we see the declaration of a climate emergency as important, because it will be the moment for the community to empower itself with its responsibility and its commitment to adapting to climate change. We are repeatedly experiencing a situation that requires institutional actions in agreement with the community”, said the member of the Network of Environmental Roundtables of Medellín, Gloria Patricia Rúa Montoya.

With this declaration, the District prioritizes investment in disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change, urgently strengthening the application of the guidelines given by the Climate Action Plan, the development of projects prioritized by the Plan and the Municipal System Disaster Risk Management.

Likewise, the programs and projects led by the District Administration for the conservation of strategic ecosystems are defined as priorities and shock measures are announced, the execution of which will be a priority.

Medellín declares a climate emergency