The UN Climate Summit 

Greenhouse gas emissions are going up, not down. 

We’ve reached another record high of heat-trapping gasses. (Rising temps, sea-level rise, disruption of marine/land ecosystems) Temperatures are rising, Australia is burning, sea levels are rising, and ecosystems, both aquatic and terrestrial, are being disrupted. Our lives as we know them are at stake in this battle for the future of Earth. And some of the most recent action took place at the UN Climate Action Summit, on September 23rd, 2019.

The Summit featured government and business leaders, subnational actors, indigenous peoples, youth, and other people with a stake in society. Together, they launched initiatives in 12 critical areas of which will provide the foundation for future action against global warming and pollution. 

Over 70 countries committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, although none of the major emitters did.  With the new trend in greenhouse gas emissions, the world needs to work to achieve these net-zero emissions. Not just these 70 countries, which only represent 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions in total. Another further 75 countries pledged to deliver plans for 2050 plans to deliver net-zero emissions by 2020. These strategies will prove invaluable to the world, as we desperately need strategies to avoid the disasters that have been brought through climate change. 

A group of business owners, featuring some of the world’s largest asset-owners, committed to move to carbon-neutral investment portfolios by 2050, and 87 major companies pledged to reduce emissions and realign their businesses with plans that will limit the worst aspects of climate change.

The Climate Action Summit set a clear direction for our future actions regarding climate change. But it also highlighted the areas where more action is needed to secure our footing on a path to salvation.


By Elliott Weix

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