Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante is the only municipal leader speaking at the UN Climate Action Summit, where she vowed to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030.\nOn social media, Montrealers are praising the mayor for the announcement.\nPlante will also be marching with activist Greta Thunberg in the student climate strike on September 27.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nMayor Valérie Plante addressed the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City today, speaking on behalf of the panel on Plans for a Carbon Neutral world. Plante said that Montreal is well on its way to meeting its promise to reduce emissions by 45% in the city. She also says that Montreal will pledge to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030.\nMayor Plante told the United Nations that "by 2050, more than two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas." Montreal, she says, is committed to meeting its promise and will go even further. By 2050, the city plans to have reduced emissions by almost 80%.\nAs the ambassador to biodiversity for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, Mayor Plante addressed a delegation of world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.\nAccording to TVA Nouvelles, Montreal already reduced carbon emissions by 25% between 1990 and 2013. For Mayor Plante, Montreal needs to do more and she has promised an ambition and wide-ranging plan to reduce emissions in the city by 55% by 2030.\nMontrealers are praising Mayor Plante on her initiative and commitments to ensuring a carbon-neutral and environmentally secure future in their city.\nAccording to Mayor Plante, cities are on the front lines in the fight against climate change.\nAddressing the UN, our mayor said that cities play an integral role and must do all they can to help meet their goals of reducing carbon emissions by 45% across the globe by 2030.\nRegardez en différé l'intervention de la mairesse à l'Assemblée des Nations Unies dans le cadre du Sommet pour le climat. (version originale en français présentement non disponible)https://t.co/7ITs7A88nk#ClimateAction #ActionClimat #ClimateWeekNYC pic.twitter.com/gbHKve9ft0— Ville de Montréal (@MTL_Ville) September 23, 2019\nShe also says that many cities, especially Montreal, are focusing their efforts to offer more public transportation along with retrofitting and constructing carbon-neutral buildings.\nMayor Plante says that cities are ready and committed in their efforts to fight against climate change.\nJ’ai annoncé que la @MTL_Ville n’irait pas de l’avant avec un projet immob. qui aurait ajouté 10 000 voitures sur les routes. Plutôt que de détruire des milieux humides, nous allons créer le + grand parc urbain au Canada, 8x la taille de Central Park.#ActionClimat #ClimateAction— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) September 23, 2019\nTranslation: I announced that Montreal would not proceed with a project that would've added 10,000 cars on roads. Rather than destroying wetlands, we'll be creating the largest urban park in Canada, 8x larger than Central Park.\nREAD ALSO: Jagmeet Singh Refuses To Challenge Quebec Bill 21 Religious Symbols Ban In New Interview\nOn social media, the response to Plante's announcement has been overwhelmingly positive.\nBravo Valérie Plante, très bonne allocution!— Marie-Josée Benoit (@mariejbenoit) September 23, 2019\nTranslation: Bravo Valérie Plante, very good speech!\npic.twitter.com/bNWb7gCpwI— hejo (@johanehbert1) September 23, 2019\nTellement un beau discours! et en français <3 Un discours qui est basé sur l'urbanisme <3— Vincent Maltais 🇨🇦 (@VinsangMaltais) September 23, 2019\nTranslation: A really beautiful speech! and in French <3 A speech that is based on urbanism <3\nEXCELLENT!!! Valérie Plante a annoncé au Sommet de l’ONU sur l’urgence climatique qu’elle visait une réduction de GES de 55 % d’ici 2030 et est même "prête à aller plus loin"!!!BRAVO Montréal! Tous les gouvernements doivent mettre l'épaule à la... https://t.co/QGgwrpoo4c— Patrick Bonin (@patbonin) September 23, 2019\nTranslation: EXCELLENT!!! Valérie Plante announced at the UN Summit on the climate emergency that she was aiming for a GHG reduction of 55% by 2030 and is even "ready to go further" !!! BRAVO Montreal!\nOf course, there were some critics:\nLa maire de Montréal, Valérie Plante, a pris la parole au Sommet #ActionClimat de l’#ONUComment s'est-elle rendu à New-Yrok? En vélo? #elxn43 #polcan #cdnpoli Avec les politiques, le citoyen est l'esclave tout désigné pour régner du haut de leur tour d'ivoire— Luc M 🇨🇦 🇮🇱 🇺🇸 Bonjour-Hi Hi-Hello (@LucMatte9) September 23, 2019\nPartial translation: How did she go to New York? By bike?\nMayor Plante's announcement comes only a few days before Montreal's Climate Strike on September 27.\nThe city will host international climate activist Greta Thunberg, who also addressed the UN on Monday with some remarkable words.\n'How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood.' - Greta Thunberg addresses the UN https://t.co/fednieolmr pic.twitter.com/GzMfVdkMAp— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 23, 2019\nIn fact, Montreal keeps making climate headlines these days as McGill student and climate activist Emma Lim has pledged to not have children until world leaders to something about climate change.\nSo far, more than 3,200 people have signed the pledge.\nDo you think that the city of Montreal will meet its climate goals by 2030?