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Outrage + Optimism

Sep 29, 2020

New York Climate Week is where leaders from  finance, business, cities and regional government  gather to galvanise climate action alongside the UN General Assembly every September. This year was no different, with all events in virtual form both at the UN and outside it. In the lead up to the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement later this year, the point where governments promised to update their ambitions on climate change, we explore real actions in the real economy and politics.


Following the big news that China’s Xi Jinping announcing the country’s new goal to be carbon neutral before 2060, Christiana talked with Alok Sharma, the UK government’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, also President of the forthcoming climate negotiations, COP26, to find out about the state of diplomacy and what to aim for in 2021. Tom talked to four leaders from the private sector to find out about the biggest movers that will transform the next 10 years, including Amazon’s Kara Hurst, Mindy Lubber of Ceres, Halla Tómasdóttir of The B Team and Claire O’Neill of WBCSD. 


Read the We Mean Business Coalition’s report, Climate Leadership Now, for further information on Action, Ambition and Advocacy in the private sector:


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