Walkers, cyclists and drivers share Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon. The city’s Climate Action Plan supports active transportation and other environmentally friendly practices. Photo by Kevin Russ, courtesy iStockphoto

Walkers, cyclists and drivers share Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon. The city’s Climate Action Plan supports active transportation and other environmentally friendly practices. Photo by Kevin Russ, courtesy iStockphoto

Significant efforts to curb climate change in the U.S. may not be forthcoming at the federal level, if recent attacks on environmental science are any indication. But cities nationwide are stepping up to the challenge, combating climate change through concerted initiatives between residents and local governments.

“Cities are really where the leadership is on climate change,” Michele Crim, climate action programs and policy manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, told The Nation’s Health. “Shifts at the federal level don’t really change that. If anything, it makes the work at the local level that much more important.”

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