At the UN Climate Summit, hosted in Dubai, Haris Doukas is present and participating. On the sidelines of the Synod, he had the opportunity to speak to the English-speaking Chinese network CGTN and refer to both the Synod itself and the expectations it creates regarding its results, as well as his personal aspirations as mayor, around this issue.

The newly elected mayor of Athens said, among other things: “This Synod is very critical in terms of actions. We need strong decisions. We are already seeing a temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius. We had a very hot summer, we recorded the hottest July and the hottest August. Expectations are high, but the window of opportunity very small. We need to move from theory to practice.”

Mr. Doukas placed the cities as protagonists in dealing with the climate crisis and pointed out: “Athens is coming back to the fore, in terms of promoting prevention measures and adaptation actions. We are a tourist destination and we need resilient infrastructure and sustainable tourism to be able to promote green policies.”

And referring to his own initiatives, when he takes office in a few days, he emphasized: “We want to reduce the sensible temperature during the summer by up to 5 degrees Celsius. The situation is very difficult in July and August in Athens. The thermometer exceeds 40 degrees Celsius, it is very hot. By planting trees and ultra-cold materials, we aim to reduce the temperature.”

In the end he added: “Like other big cities, we are trying to find ways to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. We want to create a more vibrant and sustainable environment for people, not cars.”

During his stay in Dubai, Mr. Doukas had a series of meetings and exchange of ideas and know-how, with former and current mayors of major cities, such as New York, Paris, Warsaw, Tirana, Santiago, Bogota, as well as with the president of the World of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs.

At this year’s UN Climate Summit, there is a strong focus on the critical role that local communities play in reducing CO2 emissions and lobbying at national level to speed up progress in the fight against the climate crisis.