Where are all the grown ups? In early October, the IPCC issued a CODE RED for humanity. The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 brings together the world's parties (leaders, industry giant, communities, voices unheard, and technologists) to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The event focused primarily on climate action and Net-Zero goals.
Join host Sheri Hinish LIVE from the COP26 floor with returning guest James George (formerly of Ellen MacArthur Foundation and now with Pyxera Global). You can't do business on a dead planet, right? Amongst the walls and halls of pledges, panels, and provocative dialogue, this 3 part series will bring you the pulse of COP, the highlights and what doesn't make the headlines.
COP26 aspirational goals and commitments to impact include:
- 1. Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach Countries are being asked to come forward with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with reaching net zero by the middle of the century. To deliver on these stretching targets, countries will need to: accelerate the phase-out of coalcurtail deforestationspeed up the switch to electric vehiclesencourage investment in renewables.
- 2. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats The climate is already changing and it will continue to change even as we reduce emissions, with devastating effects. At COP26 we need to work together to enable and encourage countries affected by climate change to: protect and restore ecosystemsbuild defences, warning systems and resilient infrastructure and agriculture to avoid loss of homes, livelihoods and even lives
- 3. Mobilise finance To deliver on our first two goals, developed countries must make good on their promise to mobilize at least $100bn in climate finance per year by 2020. International financial institutions must play their part and we need work towards unleashing the trillions in private and public sector finance required to secure global net zero.
- 4. Work together to deliver We can only rise to the challenges of the climate crisis by working together. At COP26 we must: finalize the Paris Rulebook (the detailed rules that make the Paris Agreement operational)accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis through collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society.
+ To learn more about James, visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-george-20995b75/ and https://www.pyxeraglobal.org/