The Race to Sustainable Abundance
Abundance in a zero-emissions world means no longer exploiting and wasting finite resources, but rather valuing the nature that sustains and protects us. And three upcoming United Nations summits give governments the opportunity to listen to a chorus of calls for a healthier, more resilient future.
DHAKA/NEW YORK – The global race to achieve net-zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible is also a race to realize a new kind of abundance: of public health, vibrant nature, good jobs, greater equality, and more opportunity. To build this world of plenty, we must simultaneously speed up our fight against the causes of climate change and build resilience to its effects. And we need to do it now.
As three of the nine Global Ambassadors for the United Nations’ Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns, we are working to mobilize cities, regions, businesses, investors, and the public behind major efforts between now and 2030. The aim is to halve GHG emissions, regenerate nature, and ensure that the four billion people most at risk globally can withstand the effects of climate change and thrive in spite of them.
We all have different backgrounds. But we agree that the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating health and economic effects highlight our responsibility – and create a unique opportunity – to imagine a more prosperous future for both people and planet.