Climate change is a global phenomenon. Rising global temperatures will result in disturbed weather patterns and a rise in sea level. Urban centres are strongly affected by climate change. However, cities are also a key contributor to climate change, as city activities are a main source of greenhouse gas emissions. If global efforts to address climate change are to be successful, they will need to integrate city requirements and environmental management capacities. Only with a coordinated approach and actions at the global, regional, national and local levels can success be achieved. Many cities are taking the lead to reduce their impact on the global climate.