London Climate Action Week (LCAW) is taking place on 14th-20th November. The week will showcase a series of events highlighting how London’s politicians, businesses and civil society can turn climate pledges and promises into action, particularly with COP26 set one year from now.
The week explores four themes; (i) A green, fair and resilient recovery, (ii) the roadmap to COP26, (iii) a sustainable and net-zero London and (iv) the whole of society climate mobilisation.
In our first interview for the new LCAW Interview Series, E3G CEO Nick Mabey explores the roadmap to COP26 theme during London Climate Action Week (LCAW).
Question: What sets London Climate Action Week apart from other climate events?
London Climate Action Week is about creating community beyond just an array of exciting events.
LCAW harnesses the power of London’s global networks, bringing ambitious climate thinkers together to shift the politics around climate action. Organisers and participants are in the driving seat, co-creating a week of climate action together.
The community we form around LCAW extends beyond the week. Our community goes on to carry new solutions and ideas to decision makers, influencers, and societies across the world throughout the year.
For example, connecting leaders from Less Developed Countries to London’s financial hub or highlighting what needs to happen between now and COP26 to ensure successful climate action.
The mission is clear, LCAW is creating collaboration to drive the transition to an equitable, resilient, net-zero emissions world.
Question: What is the significance of your theme in contributing to the aim of LCAW?
The annual UN climate conference (COP26) brings a global audience together to assess real climate progress and identify what more needs to be done. The ‘Roadmap to COP26’ theme at LAW presents a massive opportunity to connect a large network to the sometimes abstract world of global climate diplomacy.
With the UK hosting COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021, London is set to become a major focal point for global climate change action. LCAW 2020 and 2021 in July will provide key moments in the build-up to climate action at COP26.
Our theme will allow the climate change community to showcase how London, the UK and the world can work together to deliver ambitious climate action to help achieve the aims of the Paris Agreement.
The roadmap to COP26 at LCAW brings fresh energy to tackling the climate emergency.
Question: What are you most looking forward to for your theme during LCAW 2020?
With just a year to go to COP26, the clock is ticking. After the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pathway to a successful COP26 remains unclear. We’ve had some big wins like China and Japan joining the net-zero emissions club, but climate momentum is drifting.
I’m looking forward to our theme bringing the brains of the diverse LCAW community together to map out the critical actions and moments needed to get maximum progress over the next year. In doing so, I also think LCAW 2020 will set a leading global example of how to bring together the whole spectrum of society in virtual spaces to drive climate action.
I hope that by the end of the week the Roadmap to COP26 theme will have lived up to its name and offered the climate change community a renewed sense of momentum, agency and direction towards COP26.