Keeping up with the news has become an exhausting pastime. The political turmoil of recent years brings with it a seemingly constant stream of debate and discussion. The latest tweet, scandal or data breach, all clamouring for our attention.
However, it’s important to recognize this day-to-day noise as a potential distraction from the longer term, more serious issues affecting our world.
The heatwaves that affected much of the world this summer are just one of those issues. It took the mainstream news media a little too long to start referencing climate change in their coverage, but the message coming from the planet is clear, and needs to be heard.
If it seems daunting, that’s because it is. Even as engaged, concerned individuals, we can feel small and disenfranchised in the face of the monumental force of climate change. But we are not powerless. We can use collective action to enable real change.
A joint effort
At The Climate Group, we work collaboratively with businesses to accelerate the clean energy transition. We aim to scale the uptake of energy efficiency measures, renewable energy, electric vehicles and LED lighting. The Climate Group also serves as secretariat for the Under2 Coalition, a partnership made up of 200 governments that is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to keep warming below 2°C (3.6°F).
We bring together powerful collaborators, whose scale can impact markets and policy. The 140 members of our RE100 campaign, who are committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity, together create an annual power demand that is equivalent to the electricity needs of Poland. Unsurprisingly, policy makers are interested in what they have to say.
Climate Week NYC is an opportunity to consolidate these efforts, demonstrate what business and political leaders are doing and bring important dialogue to the public. This isn’t about congratulating ourselves. Showcasing change is only partly about celebrating what has been done — it’s also about asserting the importance of doing more.
This year is Climate Week NYC’s 10th anniversary. We’re in this for the long haul and ask you to join us to be part of climate history.
Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group, [email protected]