On July the 17th 2002, on the initiative of the Mayor of Venice, thirty Mayors of coastal cities from all over the world, sent a letter to the President of the United States George W. Bush, inviting him to ratify the "Kyoto Protocol" for the reduction of gas emissions, causing the greenhouse effect.
All Mayors guarantee in this letter that they will actuate local initiatives to fight overheating, but they're asking the United States to respect the Kyoto Protocol, which would endeavour the rich countries to reduce harmful gas emissions, especially
carbon-dioxide produced by cars, industries and power plants.
The letter, signed by 75 Mayors, was sent a second time in March 2002.
Venice is a symbol of all coastal cities, which are exposed to climatic change dangers, and to rising sea levels; therefore it plans to lead all coastal cities safeguarding historical and environmental heritages.
The petition was presented in Genoa in juncture of the meeting between Mayors of metropolitan cities, and of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.