As we leave 2019 behind, the need to make 2020 the decade of climate action has never been more apparent. Demands for action on climate however are outstripping political will, as demonstrated by this year’s poor outcome at the annual UN climate talks in Madrid. Now the diplomatic task of bridging the climate expectations gap will fall to next year’s hosts- namely the UK and Italy. Action will also be needed beyond the UN machine – from cities to board rooms to financial institutes and more. There will be several key moments in the climate calendar to continue boosting ambition for action including at the second annual London Climate Action Week from 27 June - 5 July as well as the EU-China Summit in September.
In this month’s newsletter we take a look at what is on the horizon for 2020. First, Nick Mabey outlines what we need to do to successfully deliver climate action in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow. Then Quentin Genard and Jennifer Tollmann examine why Europe must take a more geopolitical approach on climate and how engaging with China will be key to this. Next up, Claire Healy writes her climate Christmas wish list to Santa while Tom Burke examines how the UK as co-host of COP26 can close the climate expectations gap. Finally, Dileimy Orozco looks at why something radical must happen to global and national financial systems in the immediate future and Iskander Erzini-Vernoit draws upon the lessons we can already take into 2020.
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