This past week the United Nations held a one-day Climate Action Summit during the annual UN General Assembly in New York. Simultaneously, Climate Week NYC held the biggest climate week in the world, where Rainforest Partnership joined other climate champions fighting our planet.
The UN kicked off the week on Monday, Sept. 23 with a pledge from 77 countries to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, and 70 countries committing to boost their national action plans by 2020. Articulate speeches from youth leaders, including Greta Thunberg, incited ambitious goals for climate action and inspired a discourse about how to put those goals into motion. Pledges were made by various nations and corporations to reduce carbon emissions, uphold the standards of the Paris agreement, and increase spending on climate action. However, nations with the largest CO2 emissions output did not engage–the United States did not speak at all, and neither China nor India committed to shrinking their timeframe for reducing CO2 emissions. Nonetheless, UN Climate Action Summit acted as an opportunity for serious dialogue about climate action, resulting in commitment from many nations and corporations to take action towards more sustainable policies.
This momentum was kept up at the NYC Climate Week, an international summit hosted by The Climate Group, where people gathered to discuss climate action and steps to a sustainable world. Climate Week NYC generated dialogue on various topics of importance, including Climate Activism, Government Policy and Commitment, Sustainable Travel and Leisure, Resilience and Adaption to Climate Change, as well as many more topics. From September 24th to 30th, leaders from around the world, including our CEO Niyanta Spelman, shared ideas, information, and practices about these topics in order to build up a network of businesses, corporations, NGOs, non-profits, and government agencies that are committed to developing sustainable practices and policies in order to confront the effects of climate change.
The changing climate is affecting plants, animals, and humans all over the world. We can already see the effects of climate change in our rising oceans, warming waters, changing ecosystems, and various other atmospheric, geological, and meteorological phenomena that have sprung up in the past decade. We want to do our part to address the climate crisis here at Rainforest Partnership, starting with protecting the forests in the Amazon. Deforestation is a major factor in climate change, as forests play a “key role in the exchange of energy, water, and aerosols between the land surface and atmosphere.¹” The Amazon alone accounts for almost a quarter of CO2 absorption by land each year, making the forests one of our greatest allies in removing CO2 from the air. When we cut down trees, not only do we destroy our best method of converting CO2 into oxygen that we breathe, we also release all that stored carbon back into the atmosphere–contributing to roughly 10% of the worldwide CO2 emissions. It is vital that our forests are restored and protected.
We at Rainforest Partnership are committed to climate action through conserving our planet’s forests. Are you taking action to protect our Earth? Share on social media and tag us!
Read more about the UN Climate Summit here: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/reports.shtml