Climate TV’s leading voices highlight the opportunities of tackling climate change

Author:
Ilario D'Amato
4 September 2015

Climate TV

LONDON: This week marked the launch of The Climate Group’s “Climate TV”, a digital channel that features exclusive interviews with business leaders committed to tackling climate change, and experts’ views on the most critical topics around the low carbon economy.

The Climate Group’s CEO, Mark Kenber, highlighted in the video that kicked off Climate TV that “those who are switching to low carbon, adopting energy efficiency practice, those who are taking up renewable energy – are doing it because it makes financial and economic sense. All around the world the evidence is overwhelming that low carbon action is good for the economy.”

In this light, this year’s Climate Week NYC - which runs from September 21 to 28 - marks a fundamental turning point in the fight against climate change: “It contributes to the momentum towards Paris,” he explains, “by giving governments the confidence for the ambitious targets we hope they will sign up to are not detrimental to their economies – in fact, they are catalysts for further growth and development in the future.”

However, interest in climate change isn’t just the preserve of politicians and business leaders. This week, Climate TV also hosted Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.), CEO of the American Security Project, who in an exclusive interview underlined how climate change is “a national and global security threat, and we’ve got to be prepared for it.”

He also linked climate change to the increasing migration we are witnessing today and the growing risk of terrorism: “a Combat Commander wants to stop instability,” he says in the video, “and climate change is a contributor to this.”

There are many other actors who are key to driving down emissions, but that too often are overlooked. Libby Ferguson, States & Regions Director at The Climate Group, underlined the successes of sub-national governments in tackling climate change and grasping the low carbon economy opportunities: “they have lots of model that can be shared,” she says, “but we’re not actually focusing enough on these policy models and not realizing the benefits of them.”

Speaking of the climate summits in Lyon and Toronto, which The Climate Group was a partner in, she recalls: “We saw 20 governments, representing over US$8 trillion in GDP, already bringing forward their climate commitments. And since these Summits we’ve got double that amount of governments coming forward with climate commitments. This is just the start of the momentum building, and these two summits mark the start of that.”

Among the key climate actors, businesses assume a primary role. Speaking about the business community’s work in driving a transition toward a low carbon economy, Ben FerrariDirector of PartnershipsThe Climate Group explains: “For a long time the more far-sighted managers and directors of these companies have believed there is a prize to be captured. But now they can really demonstrate that fact to their shareholders, to their employees and to the consuming public.”

Speaking about The Climate Group’s new ‘Home2025’ project he said there’s “a huge potential to save emissions through the way we build new homes, but the opportunities are not evenly distributed – even within the developed world.”

Next week Climate TV will host more new, exclusive leadership voices outlining climate challenges and opportunities. Join us at TheClimateGroup.tv


COUNTDOWN TO #CWNYC

Our digital countdown to Climate Week NYC 2015 runs from September 1-20.

Each day The Climate Group is releasing exclusive conversations with key figures from the worlds of business and politics and beyond – through video, social media and blogs – as well as expert briefings. Follow @ClimateGroup for the latest.

See the full gallery of #CWNYC graphics and tweets to join the countdown, by clicking below.

#CWNYC 2015

Climate Week NYC is a key event in the international calendar that brings together leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. The Climate Group launched Climate Week NYC in 2009, and has acted as the secretariat since its inception.

Host to more than 100 affiliate events from September 21-28, Climate Week NYC 2015 is the collaborative space for climate events in support of the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. 

ClimateWeekNYC.org | @ClimateWeekNYC | #CWNYC

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