In November’s Race to Zero newsletter, delve into COP28 preparations, a successful Partner & Accelerator meeting, and the critical role of health in climate action. Celebrate progress across the 5Ps and explore the Built Environment sector’s commitment. Plus, highlights from APAC Climate Week and other noteworthy events.
From viewership to leadership: My Race to Zero story
My journey in climate activism started with a transformative moment in 2016 when I watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary, “Before the Flood.” Little did I know that this initial spark would lead me to the global stage, delivering a closing keynote speech at COP27 in 2022, and sharing panels with world leaders. From a viewer inspired by DiCaprio’s impassioned plea, to a key player in the fight against climate change, and contributing to the Race to Zero campaign, my journey is a testament to the power of personal conviction and the impact one individual can have on the world stage.
My introduction to the work of the Climate Champions Team and the Race to Zero campaign was through Nigel Topping, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP26. Inspired by Topping’s dedication, I decided to become part of the campaign through the Climate Champions’ Youth Fellowship program. This connection became the catalyst for my involvement in the Race to Zero team.
I am fortunate to play a key role within the Race to Zero, with responsibilities including ensuring regional representation and helping foster a fair, equitable, and just transition for the Global South. Over the past few months, our team has developed a regionalization strategy and detailed plans for LAC, MENA, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Regionalization and fair share, equity, and justice, are key solutions to accelerating our race to a healither, fairer and more resilient world.
One way to implement this is to move from voluntary action to policy frameworks. Drawing lessons from the Paris Agreement, I believe that voluntary commitments alone are insufficient for the global sytems transformation we need. I advocate for policy and regulation to incentivize private sector climate action, something which is now an integral part of the Race to Zero, particularly with the launch of the 5th P handbook earlier this year.
I believe that the fact that COPs rotate around the world is a critical part of regionalizingclimate action. I believe that achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement requires more than just country commitments. In the modern world, Non-State Actors represent the real economy, and the Race to Zero campaign showcases how the private sector not only supports but leads the green transition.
Looking ahead in hopes for the future, I believe in the power of outh as catalysts for change, I hope the Race to Zero continues to lead global climate action, and impactful representation continues in all regions.I place my faith in the youth, recognizing them as leaders not just of today but of our future, and the driving force behind meaningful change.
Individuals should be empowered to be changemakers and not be affraid to take bold action I end with one of my favourite quotes, from Mother Teresa: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone through the water that creates many ripples.” I encourage the youth to recognize their power to make a difference, inviting them to join the Race to Zero and start their own ripples of change.
Realizing the challenging transition to a low carbon planet depends on developing and developed nations’ actions. The policies and regulations taken forward by developing nations have the potential of not only addressing climate change but also laying the foundation for a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future.
The goal of “first movers and doers” in the UN’s Climate Ambition Summit is accelerate the decarbonization of the global economy, armed with not just pledges, but credible actions, policies and plans to deliver climate justice in line with the Secretary General’s Acceleration Agenda.
As Asia-Pacific Climate Week gets underway, discover how Race to Zero members, from educational institutions to urban centres and healthcare services, are blazing a path to a net zero emissions world.