Drive the sustainable transformation of the energy, agriculture, industry, transport, and buildings sectors. Without immediate and deep emission reductions across these sectors it will be impossible to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
Farms do not only cause a significant amount of global greenhouse gas emissions but are also a key driver of biodiversity loss, water pollution, and land degradation. At the same time, malnutrition and food insecurity are on the rise. Through the dissemination of regenerative agricultural practices, the implementation of equitable trade regulations, and the promotion of healthy and sustainable diets, we can accelerate the food system transformation.
The global transition of the energy sector from fossil fuels to renewables is a tremendous task, not least because of the complex infrastructure changes it demands. To meet this challenge, we need to replace existing fossil fuel plants, and expand and decentralise renewables. Here, driving top-down political action is just as important as strengthening bottom-up movements and grassroot initiatives.
The everyday goods and materials we use have a significant carbon and environmental footprint. In addition to questioning current consumption patterns, we need to support the exploration and implementation of new, environmentally friendly production processes, and improve the resource efficiencies in existing processes, such as through the introduction of circular systems and the reduction of waste.
Transport is how we get to work, travel, or meet our friends, and how we receive goods from around the world. It is also the reason many of our cities are polluted. By encouraging and enabling individuals to use climate-friendly alternatives to cars and planes, expanding public transportation options, and improving the efficiency of combustion vehicles used in international supply chains, we can reduce the emissions of the transport sector and the air pollution in our cities.
The high level of single-use, carbon-intensive materials we currently use to build our houses, offices, and factories, make the buildings sector highly polluting. It is essential to promote and mainstream climate-friendly processes and standards throughout our buildings’ life cycles, from design, to construction and use, until demolition. This would not only reduce the sector’s emissions but could also unlock a significant carbon storage potential in the form of sustainable timber.
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