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Good morning, this is Bruno, and today I want to talk about the huge untapped potential of organisations in making carbon neutrality tomorrow’s reality.

This week we also look at a new survey by UNDP which carries a clear message: a big yes to change, but please not on my plate. And as the Climate Adaptation Summit wrapped up this week it reminds us that communities in Ghana and Mozambique are anticipating the future but struggle for funds.

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Bruno Jochum, Geneva

29.01.2021


Today’s reason for hope


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Tiwa tribal women harvesting paddy in a Jhum field in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam State, India, in November 2015. (Keystone)

An Indian State converts its 6 million farmers to agroecology. Andhra Pradesh, a state in south east India, opens the way with the largest agro-ecological project in the world and a plan to feed all its population without use of pesticides, chemical fertilisers nor intensive irrigation. Not only is it working but its best ambassadors are now the farmers themselves, who carry out this revolution with zero budget, save water, heal the soils and avoid taking on debts. I found this read truly inspiring and bringing hope that large-scale regeneration of agriculture can represent a win-win for all.

Le Monde (FR)

Climate News


The enormous untapped potential of middle-society in fighting climate change. What if mid level community organisations such as aid agencies, hospitals and universities played their fair part in reducing emissions to avoid the worst impacts? A new Climate Action Accelerator plans to mobilise these social amplifiers, help them on the way to net zero, turn them into champions and share solutions as a common good.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

The climate emergency is real (for most people). The world’s largest poll on climate change has found that two thirds of people believe that climate change is a global emergency and want their governments to act. And young ones are unsurprisingly at the top of the list, with 70 per cent of 14-18 year-olds having expressed support.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Why climate adaptation should be the hype. As countries heed the net-zero call, another part of the climate challenge is yet to be addressed. Floods, hurricanes and droughts are already affecting the lives of many. For them, adapting to climate change is just as important as preventing temperature rise.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Image of the day


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Screenshot of Instagram (@morganleerichardson)

A splash of colour on conservation. A wildlife artist from Los Angeles turns things upside down and proposes a fresh new way of depicting biodiversity. Morgan Lee Richardson’s art is certainly miles away from the usual images of animals suffocating from the smoke of wildfires. “By relating to my artwork, people can become aware of endangered creatures and man-made issues which negatively impact the environment,” he told Mongabay.

Mongabay (EN)

Next on the agenda


29 January | Virtual Coffee with Changemakers. An evening discussion with experts around nature-based solutions for disaster and climate resilience.

UNEP (EN)

2 February | World Wetlands Day. To celebrate the adoption of the Ramsar Convention, the Canton of Geneva is distributing 50 mini guides to encourage the public to observe the biodiversity of local wetlands. Plus, they’re organising a photography contest until February 10.

Canton de Genève (FR)

3-5 February | Transforming Transportation 2021. Stakeholders from all sectors put their heads together and rethink mobility to build safer, sustainable and more resilient transport systems for all after Covid.

World Resources Institute (EN)

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