Giving Compass’ Take:
· Writing for the Surfrider Foundation, Stefanie Sekich-Quinn reflects on the topics discussed and commitments made at the Global Climate Action Summit.
· Why is it important to address environmental issues and climate change now? What is being done to help preserve the environment?
· Read more about the Global Climate Action Summit.
Surfrider Foundation attended the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) as an official delegate. Over 4,000 delegates from around the world were present—making it the largest climate change summit held in the U.S. In the months leading up to the summit, Surfrider participated in a committee of government and nongovernmental representatives that helped develop the Ocean-Climate Action Agenda and related ocean programming for the GCAS.
The summit and affiliate events were beyond inspiring. While the celebrity star power was exciting (see Harrison Ford’s impassioned speech below) the most moving aspect of the conference was hearing pledges from world leaders about how they plan to curb climate change by reducing emission and implementing adaptation measures.
Governor Brown definitely earns MVP for the summit, not only was he the lead host of the summit, but he committed California to aggressive goals to combat climate change and he closed the summit by saying: “we’re launching our own damn satellite” in order to find out exactly where pollution is coming from and further analyze climate change impacts on the Earth.
Read the full article about the Global Climate Action Summit by Stefanie Sekich-Quinn at the Surfrider Foundation.
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