Exclusive: Global climate race must be a team sport

Teams from 205 countries and delegations from around the world gathered at the 2021 Olympic Games, and as the Paralympic Games are underway in Tokyo this week, athletes are not only competing for medals, but to demonstrate the limitless possibilities of human ability.

As I watch these athletes go for gold, I cannot help but think about the race that humankind is currently competing in, not against each other, but against time: seeing daily news of fires, floods, and droughts, it is clear that our world is sprinting towards irreversible climate extinction.

Our best chance to slow this advance is through significant investment in greener, cleaner energy infrastructure. My own City of Lancaster, California, has made meaningful  progress in this area, beginning over a decade ago with investments in solar that eventually made our city the first in the world to achieve net-zero emissions.

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