As we begin 2015 amidst the doom and gloom in the news surrounding a deteriorating climate and the general political turmoil in the world there’s a huge opportunity ahead to carve out a new sustainable route map, and reality, that binds us to a secure and equitable future. Could it be the year that the world finally embraces it’s responsibilities and recognises that ‘Nature doesn’t do bail outs’ as the science is repeatedly telling us? As a species we face some stark choices ahead about our own future let alone the legacy we leave future generations. The reality is that we need to embrace the window of opportunity presented ahead this year, seize the momentum of all the knowledge gained and heed the clarion call from the scientific, academic and now the religious communities that time is running out.
We have two major summits ahead of us with the 41st G7 summit which will be held in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany on June 7–8, 2015.The attendees will include the leaders of the seven G7 member states, as well as representatives of the European Union. The G7 Summit 2015 will focus on the global economy as well as on key issues regarding foreign, security and development policy. Additionally the UN conferences to be held in 2015 as well as the post-2015 agenda will be discussed. Other key issues they will be addressing include; Protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency, Antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola, Retail and supply chain standards, and Empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training.
But perhaps the biggest and most important event that takes place in the ‘Climate Calendar’ affecting both business and humanity as a whole is the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 or CMP11 which will be held in Paris, France in 2015. The international climate conference will be held at the Le Bourget site from 30 November to 11 December 2015.This will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 11) to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. Leadership of the negotiations is yet to be determined. According to the organizing committee, the objective of the 2015 conference is to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. This is the North Star goal!
Finally we have Live Earth in On June 18, 2015. Together with the United Nations, Live Earth will once again create a global series of events over 24 hours, on six continents, anchored from Paris and New York. The Live Earth ‘Road to Paris’ will be broadcast across all major media platforms and supported by a yearlong campaign in partnership with the world’s leading brands, NGOs and non-profits. Together they will bring together a billion voices to shine a global spotlight on the nations convening in Paris this year and deliver a single message to all leaders – Take Climate Action Now.
We’re all aware we’re living beyond our means systemically, materially and financially. The new era demands a new model of enlightened and adaptive governance that embraces and reconciles both commercial and sustainability realities into one seamless funnel of action. Let’s hope 2015 delivers the changes required. It’s not so much about saving the environment as saving ourselves. The environment will adapt long after we’ve gone but will we have the resources left to support the burgeoning population in the years ahead. Go figure.