Climate Strike: The UN Climate Summit
In our last video, we talked about the climate crisis, the climate strike, and ideas of what roles individuals can play to lessen their carbon footprint.
Right before the UN hosted their Climate Change Summit in September, Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg led the Climate Strike. This was a peaceful protest meant to grab the attention of governments, corporate executives, presidents and prime ministers to have them commit to reducing their use of fossil fuels.
Over 150 countries and approximately 4 million people took part in making their voices heard on the health of the planet. Young people converged together to tell our world leaders that doing nothing in the face of climate change is unacceptable.
The good news is that this is a time where young people are coming together and using their voice for good and to make change in the world.
The outcome of the UN summit however seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Neither the United States nor China made commitments. A host of other countries made incremental promises.
There were 65 other countries which made announcements to be emission free by 2050. The few countries that have already taken action to lower their emissions, took further commitments to do more. Those who are taking the most action, only make up 8% of total emissions.
If you are curious as to what has been promised, here is a list of actions that include commitments from countries, businesses, and joint ventures.
Obviously, there is still a lot of work to do when it comes to our biggest world leaders and economies taking action. This means that the climate marches and protests will have to continue until that action is taken. There is no Planet B. This is our home and we all must do our part to protect Mother Earth.
All is not lost. Education is key to understanding how everything is deeply interconnected together. When we are in the “know” we can take action as individuals to make a big positive impact too.
Take this quiz on climate solutions and see what CAN be done. I bet you will be surprised. An organization called Project Drawdown ranked the most effective climate solutions. Have a spin and see how you do.
Last but not least, let’s talk Mission Plastic. This is a grassroots long term campaign that helps businesses switch from packaging in plastic to a sustainable alternative. Our global green tribe gathers together to identify products that they love to use, but still package in plastic, and and work together to get companies to make chance.