The New York Times brought
together journalists, governmentofficials and environmental experts for a one-day conference onsustainability. Panels focused on a central question: How can wemake cities better, healthier, places to live?
“Stop and think about it:
All the progress that is being made in thiscountry, and really around the world, is not made by the federalgovernment or by state governments. It has been made by cities,who are actually leading the ways on climate change.”Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City
“If you put a frog
in cold water and slowly bring up thetemperature, it will eventually boil to death. This is the problemwith trash. We are slowly boiling to death and not realizing it.”Jeremy Irons, executive producer of the documentary “Trashed”
“Nature is pretty good at
protecting itself. If we let the flood plains dowhat the flood plains were intended to do, which is to absorb theexcess, we won’t have the kind of inundation (we’re seeing). …Rather than fight nature, we need to make it our friend.”Carol Browner, former Obama energy czar