— A special series —
The Race To Zero
History will look back at the 2020s as the most decisive decade in human history. The choices we make now will determine the kind of world this generation – and all those yet to come – will inhabit. As we often discuss on this podcast, science demands that we halve global greenhouse gas emissions by the end of this decade, to eventually reach net zero by 2050. Doing so will pull us away from the cliff’s edge, into a world that is fundamentally better – cleaner, more equal, safer, healthier and with an abundance of jobs and opportunities. The simple scientific truth means that the systems that underpin the global economy must shift to new, low carbon ways of operating and we must protect nature at the same time. This is unprecedented but it is in our hands to achieve. The only question is whether we can shift fast enough to avert the worst impacts of climate change. We’re at the turning point now – but everyone needs to play their part to make it happen faster. Can we count you in?
The Race to Zero is a campaign initiated by the High Level Climate Action Champions, to activate all sectors – local governments, business, finance, citizens – to embolden national governments to step up to the immense challenge and opportunities of this moment. During 2021 Outrage + Optimism is in the Race to Zero. We will explore the stories of change-makers overcoming challenges, building new opportunities and fueling this consequential race against time. We’ll expose the triumphs and the pitfalls, and most importantly, chart the pursuit of a high-stakes goal, where losing is quite simply unacceptable.
100. Financing The Race to Zero!
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Welcome to the third episode of our Race To Zero series!
In this episode, we show you the money. Finance is an absolutely crucial factor in accelerating our world towards a Net-Zero future, and with less than 9 years left to halve our global emissions and current investments and markets spiraling towards catastrophic risk, it’s going to take every financial lever we have to shift the global economy to a sustainable, equitable, and just system.
On topics of investment, divestment, engagement, and tropical carbon pricing, you’ll hear from:
Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and Prime Minister Johnson’s Finance Adviser for COP26
Amal-Lee Amin, Director of Climate Change at CDC and Senior Advisor to the UK COP26 Unit
Thomas Di Napoli, New York State Comptroller
Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility
Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF
And of course our good friend,
Nigel Topping, High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26
The race is on! Buckle up and hit play.
Christiana + Tom’s book ‘The Future We Choose’ is available now!
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