What is the Race to Zero

Race To Zero is a global campaign (established Fall 2020) to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

Actions for City of DeKalb to Join the Race To Zero

Pass a resolution pledging to bring both recognition and accountability—but the resolution must urgently be followed by action. Within 12 months of joining the Race to Zero your community must:
1. Pledge at the head-of-organization level to reach (net) zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and by 2050 at the latest.
Local governments can make this pledge via any official documentation such as a council decision, commission decision, or strategy paper. Notify ICLEI of the pledge.
2. Set an interim 2030 target that reflects maximum effort toward or beyond a fair share of 50% CO2 reductions by 2030.
ICLEI will support the city or county in developing their 2030 Science-Based Targets
Information: https://icleiusa.org/race-to-zero/
Joining: https://icleiusa.org/race-to-zero/join/

By signing on to Race To Zero,, Dekalb is committing to a target, not specific actions.

Any community who joins the Race to Zero by October 15, 2021 will receive recognition at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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350 is the measure of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. Our ability to rapidly reduce this critical number will determine our ability to survive on Earth.