Mayor to attend Vatican climate forum

Mayor Ed Murray will travel to Rome for the Vatican conference on climate change and human trafficking held on July 21-22. The Vatican has called for a renewed international conversation about ending social and environmental exploitation, and has invited mayors from around the globe to attend the conference.

“The time is now for local leadership,” said Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. “Given how much human trafficking and human-induced global warming is happening at the city level, we are turning to the mayors because we believe they provide real leadership, as we work together to ensure that the earth and those who dwell on it are no longer treated as expendable.”

Mayor Murray will address the conference Tuesday on Seattle’s effort to prepare for and adapt to climate change. The mayor’s remarks will focus on how cities can lead the way on equity and environmental justice to ensure that the benefits of progressive policies reach all in the community.

“Seattle is an innovative leader in sustainability and carbon reduction, but too often the benefits of our progress are not equitably shared,” said Murray. “Our most at-risk communities, low-income families and communities of color are disproportionally impacted by climate change. Seattle is committed to changing this through our Equity and Environment Initiative to ensure strong social justice outcomes in our environmental policy. I’m humbled to have the opportunity to share this experience with global leaders as we heed the Pope’s call for action.”

The mayor’s airfare and accommodations at the conference will be paid for by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Other U.S. mayors participating include: Bill de Blasio (New York City), Charlie Hales (Portland, OR), Betsy Hodges (Minneapolis), Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans), Edwin Lee (San Francisco) and Marty Walsh (Boston).