Business, Civil Society, Climate Action

Introducing Environmental Corporate Social Reponsibility

This article is written by Inés Rodriguez Nello.

“Corporate social responsibility is not just about managing, reducing and avoiding risk, it is about creating opportunities, generating improved performance, making money and leaving the risks far behind. »

-Sunil Misser, Head of Global Sustainability Practice at PwC


But, the question is what is Corporate Social Responsibility?

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Civil Society, Climate Action, Gender, Youth Empowerment

Gender and Youth on the political agenda for Climate Empowerment

This article is written by Mathilde Thonon.

Bonn, May 2018, the 6th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) unfolds in a packed auditorium. National delegates and members from the civil society are joining forces to shape the outcome of a 3-hours workshop.

Hold on a minute, what is that odd acronym that seemingly invigorates the participants of this 48th UNFCCC intersession? The term ACE dates back to the COP21 to refer, more intelligibly, to the Convention Article 6 crafted in Rio in 1992.

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Climate Action, COP24 - Katowice

Careful, don’t step over the line of 1.5°C

The urgency of climate action in the preparation of COP24

This article is written by Birte Kurbjeweit.

With the Paris Agreement governments worldwide have committed themselves to keep global warming “well below 2°C” and to aim for 1.5°C. The latter, tougher goal was a victory for small island states and other countries at the forefront of climate change impacts. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has now published the first draft of its special report on the chances for and impacts of a 1.5°C global warming. The draft report has been published as a first version to be reviewed by experts and policymakers and is thus subject to change. Consequently, the conclusions drawn from this leaked report have to be considered in this regard. The final report will be released in September 2018. What consequences can be drawn from the evidence in this report for the 48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies taking place from April 30th till May 10th in Bonn? Which action is needed?

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Climate Action, Climate Finance, Climate Politics

Only one

This article was originally published on l’Usine à Gaz
This article is written by Damien Soldadié.

« We only have one planet »

This is the main argument of Emmanuel Macron -speaking of evidence- to organize the One Planet Summit that took place in Paris this week. I was glad when I heard his introduction speech, when I saw the diversity of actors who made the engagement to take part to the transition. I truly hope that the French president still means what he said during his allocution.We are used to the promising speeches of our president, that hide a fiduciary truth, so we need to go deeper and look at what he did and plan to do in the future.

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Carbon Footprint, Climate Action

August, 2nd 2017 – Earth Overshoot Day: Tilting the ecological debt balance through individual commitment and action

This article is written by Rachel Wu & Sofia Kabbej.

Image 1 (Overshoot Day)

From birthdays to historical milestones, international observances to the occasional solar eclipse, one can count on social media and globally integrated information feeds for the quipping reminder and comprehensive commemorative signposts. Earth Overshoot Day, which lands on the 2nd of August this year, might come to pass with a more muted buzz than that which might follow a total solar eclipse, but its collective significance is no less planetary and the date calls for its very own repertoire of action.

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4sea, Climate Action, Oceans

How to be an Ocean Hero in 5 steps

This article is part of the 4sea Project

Have you ever seen the devastating pictures of beaches covered in garbage, so that you couldn’t even recognize the beach as a beach anymore, or videos of animals with their bellies full of plastic? Have you ever heard of drowning islands due to rising sea levels or dying coral reefs? And have you ever asked yourself what you can do to fight against all these problems? Or are you already running through life with a superman costume as blue as the ocean saving the sea?

In light of the World Oceans Day today and the UN Oceans Conference that is currently taking place in New York 4Sea wants to celebrate all Ocean Heroes: This is your day! But Ocean Heroes will never leave anyone behind. If you are willing to join the community, here you go in 5 every-day steps:

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Climate Action, Climate Finance, COP22 - Marrakech, Paris Agreement

After Marrakech: climate finance and the NDCs in the Pacific Islands

This article is written by Mouna Chambon.

An important issue that has been discussed at the COP22 in Marrakech is the allocation of the financial resources required for implementing the NDCs in the Pacific region.
People in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are disproportionately more impacted by climate change than other regions of the world. While the PICs are standing at the frontline of climate change, they are those that contribute the least to global GHGs emissions.

But as many other Least Developed Countries (LDCs), they suffer from a lack of capital bases and foreign investment for climate action. As a climate justice issue, there has been gradual recognition that developed countries should provide their support in mitigation and adaptation projects. As a result, climate finance has become a central pillar of climate negotiations.

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In Marrakech, developed countries reaffirmed the objective adopted in the preamble to the Paris Agreement to jointly mobilise USD 100 billion per year of public and private finance by 2020 for climate mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. However, many challenges still remain in achieving this goal in the Pacific region.

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Climate Action, Climate Talks, COP22 - Marrakech, Youth Empowerment

Dumbledore’s Army of COPs : YOUNGO


This article is part of the Climate Nerd Chronicles.

When the magical world is at risk and the politics ignore it, young people get their wands out and get it done. Here in COP-warts, they joined their powers to fight against the rise of the Dark Carbon. All Houses gathered and they are ready to fight for a safe and sustainable magical world.

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Climate Action, Climate Talks, COP22 - Marrakech, Education, Youth Empowerment

ACE at COP22: Action for Climate Empowerment

ace-logoThis article is written by Alice Guérin.

YOUNGO‘s (the Youth constituency to the UNFCCC) ACE  working group went through a great time of effective work at COP22. Let me tell you more about it !

In YOUNGO, we work within several working groups, each of them focusing on a specific topic. This week, I joined the ACE (Action for Climate Empowerment) working group. We were about 20 youth from various countries, backgrounds and organizations meeting everyday at 9am after the unconditional YOUNGO meeting.

ACE refers to Article 6 of the Convention and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement . It states that Parties shall cooperate in taking measures, as appropriate, to enhance climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information.

To advocate on these issues, we organized and achieved several things.

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Climate Action, Climate Migrations, COP22 - Marrakech, Loss & Damage, Youth Empowerment

What role for climate migration in the UNFCCC negotiations?

This article is written by Lisa Murken and is part of the Youth on the Move project.

15064983_10210754503079920_1374850720_oAn important topic receiving more and more attention is the issue of climate-induced displacement, more commonly referred to as climate migration. Many organisations work on this topic, including CliMates!
At the last official day of COP22, we will present our project “Youth on the Move”, and hope for a fruitful discussion with many participants. But we are not the only ones lancing the conversation on this issue. A number of side-events at COP22 have already dealt withclimate migration, hosted amongst others by the IOM and UNICEF.
What about the role that climate migration plays in the official UN negotiations on climate change? Where is it discussed and has there already been any progress?

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