Climate Week NYC kicks off on Monday and ‘Shared Leadership’ will be a prominent theme. From the Paris Agreement to October’s Annual Meeting of the World Bank and November’s COP23, we need ambitious climate leadership from around the world to ensure a sustainable future. E3G's CEO Nick Mabey, along with myself, will be discussing what's at stake at the Climate Advisers/E3G event on September 20.
In this month’s newsletter, Camilla Born calls on the UN to get serious about its climate change leadership. Rosalind Cook highlights that despite leadership on climate change grinding to a halt in Washington D.C., other U.S. cities and states are picking up the slack. Tina Marchand, meanwhile, examines how Canada is stepping up its climate leadership. Finally, Dr. Helena Wright asks when all the development banks will begin to lead by example and disclose their carbon footprints.
Shared leadership is best summarised in the words of Gandhi: Be the change you want to see. We have to choose what we can each do best, whether the UN, a country, city, company or multi-national bank.
This also applies to our individual choices. As I’ve recently joined E3G from the U.S. Department of Energy, I look forward to pushing for more ambitious climate action and management of climate risks. After a summer of extreme weather events that moved climate change from the headlines on to the streets, this should be back on the agenda.
Thanks for reading,
Programme Director for Climate Diplomacy, Risk and Security