A decade to save the climate and the ocean: on Radio Davos
- It’s the decade of ocean science, and we need to get on the right track to achieve net zero by 2050.
- Two World Economic Forum events focused on the enormous challenges ahead.
- Marine biologist Nina Jensen joins Radio Davos to select some highlights.
“We have entered what is possibly the most important decade in human history.”
The soft Swedish tones of IKEA CEO Jesper Brodin did not compromise the enormity of his message, delivered during “Climate Breakthroughs: The Road to COP26 and Beyond”. The event brought together governments, businesses, scientists and civil society to tackle climate change, ahead of the COP26 climate summit to be held in Glasgow in November.
“We find ourselves in an existential crisis that will impact every person, every business. Recognize that this leads, of course, to a lot of despair, to a lot of fear,” Brodin said at the event, but added that with the right actions and the right leadership. , “There is an opportunity for us to resolve this situation, and we will.”
The same week, the World Economic Forum also hosted the Virtual Oceans Dialogues, to examine how we can protect our seas from overfishing, plastic pollution and the effects of global warming.
With contributions from US President John Kerry’s Special Envoy, Head of the International Energy Agency, and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Radio Davos listened to these important discussions , with the help of marine biologist Nina Jensen.
She reminded us that another reason this decade is so crucial for the environment is that it is officially the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
Links to things mentioned in this episode of Radio Davos.
The letter to the G7 from more than 70 leaders of large companies.
The International Energy Agency report Net zero by 2050, and this succinct analysis.
John Kerry’s session at Climate Breakthroughs. Look here.
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