Five take-aways from New York Climate Week 2019 to combat deforestation
As the dust settles, post-New York Climate Week and the Sustainable Development Impact Summit running alongside the UN General Assembly, it’s an opportune moment to reflect as we work to mobilise more action to tackle the climate crisis.
There is much to lament in terms of the effectiveness of such large gatherings and there is certainly still a lack of ambition on the part of governments and companies to take the necessary steps to avert the worst impacts of climate change. Yet it is also always a welcome energy boost for the people working on solutions to get together and to remind ourselves of common cause. To top this off there was added poignancy as the UN Secretary General had called a Climate Action Summit. This year five take-aways stood out, they also begin to lay out the pathway for concrete action in the next decade.
1. Power of youth
The youth involvement was the biggest story of the week. The voice of young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was most prominent, but many more voices were talking on behalf of future generations. For example, Marina Melanidis, project leader of Youth4Nature made a strong statement that young people want a chance to co-design the future. This determined and genuine contribution by the youth set the atmosphere and created a very different energy – a sense of possibility and increased urgency permeated all the discussions.