Outgoing Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Joins Climate Migration Council

Idea Category: Climate Change

NewDEAL Leader Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will join the Climate Migration Council, a coalition of world leaders who hope to shine a spotlight on the imminent crisis of climate change-induced migration. Hancock is a longtime advocate for local government action on the issue of climate change. In his final State of the City address last July, Hancock reiterated his concern for Denver’s most vulnerable communities given the growing threat of wildfires, droughts, and other climate-induced natural disasters. In his statement announcing the decision, Mayor Hancock reiterated the importance of community-based action, writing that “all action starts locally, and when progress stalls at the national level, cities will step in to stand in the gap. We want to ensure our community is resilient and welcoming for generations to come, which is why climate action and sustainability are core values in the City and County of Denver.” Read more about the Climate Migration Council which also includes NewDEALers Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and former Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, here.