The decision for the city to join was taken by the Environment, Climate and Local Agenda Committee at its recent meeting and follows a citizen petition supported by various local organizations and groups.
Mayor Katja Dörner welcomes Bonn’s participation: "The goals of the global initiative coincide with the City of Bonn's commitment to the Paris 1.5-degree target laid down in our climate emergency resolution and with our goal of being climate neutral by 2035. One thing is clear: the only way to achieve climate neutrality is through renewable energies and a gradual decarbonization of our energy supply. The City of Bonn has expressed this with its mission statement resolution on climate protection and climate adaptation and has set itself the goal of successively converting its energy supply to renewable energies by 2035."
As of today, Bonn is the first German city to join this global initiative. Worldwide, more than 1000 organizations have already committed to the initiative. The growing circle of supporters also includes Nobel Prize laureates, scientists and international religious leaders. Vancouver was the first city in the world to join the initiative a year ago. The number has since grown to 19 cities and towns, including Los Angeles, Barcelona, Sydney and Cambridge.