Changwon Mayor Park Wan-soo traveled to New York at the invitation of the city’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg to explain his environmental policies and discuss ways of countering global warming.
The meeting was primarily designed to address infrastructural investment aimed at reducing global warming and other environmental concerns as member cities of C40.
In particular, Bloomberg expressed considerable interest in the “Nubija” cycling program which has been active in Changwon as New York moves to introduce not only a cycle lane network but also pedestrian areas in Madison Square and Times Square.
The two cities have both weathered hurricanes and storms and the two mayors agreed to work together and exchange information so as to minimize the impact of such natural phenomena and improve safety in response to the effects of global warming.
Bloomberg was quoted as saying, “New York City is a member of C40 and part of the ‘Connecting Delta Cities’ network and there is a dire necessity to secure preventive tools against natural disasters and global warming. As a coastal city, I encourage Changwon to do the same.
In response, Mayor Park said, “It is obviously necessary to strengthen measures for effective water management and space development in view of climate change. This is the first step that our two cities are taking toward environment-friendly development.”