By UN Climate Change News
Momentum for climate ambition is reaching new heights as business leaders, non-profits, citizens, and local government representatives prepare to gather for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, California from 12-14 September 2018.
All actors around the world are invited to participate in this moment by demonstrating the depth and range of climate action in their sectors and geographies to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
The Summit is focused on taking ambition to the next level through five key issue areas: healthy energy systems, inclusive economic growth, sustainable communities, land and ocean stewardship and transformative climate investments. All of these five pathways have critical challenges to overcome in order to limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2°C from pre-industrial levels.
The Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change and GCAS Co-Chair, Patricia Espinosa, said, “The summit is an historic opportunity to foster a new form of inclusive multilateralism that is vital to achieving our goals. It recognizes the key role of non-party stakeholders in climate action in addition to that of governments. We need everyone on board.”
The abundance of climate action announcements and achievements by cities, regions, business and citizens is already narrowing the gap between current emission levels and those outlined in the Paris Agreement. For example, California recently announced that it reached its 2020 emissions reduction goal four years ahead of schedule in 2016.
The momentum of this historic summit will be strongest when everyone, regardless of their physical attendance at the Summit, takes on these challenges.
Here are the five core Summit challenges and examples of the actions you can take to help rise to the collective challenge:
Healthy energy systems can prevent dangerous effects from climate change. They can be achieved through a shift toward clean and equitable energy in addition to building a decarbonized energy and transportation system aligned with scientifically founded action requirements.