If you have read much about climate change, you have likely heard about the “two degrees Celsius limit.” This is the number often cited (and internationally agreed to in the 2016 Paris Agreement) as the maximum global average temperature rise we can tolerate without catastrophic impacts. Now ratified by 125 countries, commitments and actions are being implemented globally to prevent this temperature increase and work towards the targets set out in the historic agreement. But what happens if we miss this target? Would our actions to limit the impacts of climate change and build resilience still be valuable?
Mobilizing efforts for change
As part of an effort to recognize commitments and call for accelerated climate action, last week the Global Climate Action Summit brought together international, national and local leaders as well as scientists, students, nonprofits, and others in San Francisco, California. The three-day event was both a celebration of climate achievements and a call to action for regions, cities, and individuals to be proactive in what is being called the era of decarbonization and sustainability. While a message of urgency was at the heart of the summit, there was also a message of hope and courage, which echoes the call to action at our upcoming Making the Links Symposium. That is, through collaborative action we can uncover many opportunities for change and building resilience, and embolden leaders to make meaningful progress on climate change goals.
Attending the Summit
The summit draws leaders from around the world and boasts attendance from over 4,000 delegates, some of whom include representatives on climate change, governors, secretary-generals, CEOs, and actors and activists. The Global Climate Action Summit places the Making the Links Symposium in context, as part of a truly global movement. One notable attendee at one of this year’s affiliate events on health and climate change was Fiona Armstrong, founder and director of Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and an expert in policy, advocacy, and communications in relation to climate change and health. Fiona is also the architect of the National Strategy on Climate, Health, and Well-being for Australia, and a keynote at Making the Links: Climate Change, Community Health & Resilience. A sign of the times, she will be one of a number of international speakers sharing their learning and insights about the growing efforts around the globe to connect climate change and health.
Fiona will be alongside other renowned leaders, policy analysts, medical health officers, professors, planners, and directors at Making the Links. Similar to the Global Climate Action Summit, the symposium explores areas to build community resilience, addresses the links of climate change adaptation and mitigation, analyzes the physical and mental health impacts of climate change, and seeks to uncover collaborative responses to climate change issues through an equity lens. Through the promotion of cross-sectoral collaboration and aligned action, Making the Links will provide a platform for critical discussion and explore how, together, we can achieve our climate goals. It’s not too late to act on climate change – but the future is now.
Join us in Kelowna November 5 & 6 for Making the Links: Climate Change, Community Health & Resilience to explore these and other related issues, as we come together to map out opportunities for collaborative action that builds community resilience.
See the Symposium Agenda