24 hours for more sustainable todays and tomorrows

(Eco Business, 3 May 2019) Coming a day ahead of the 49th session of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the upcoming Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Kyoto, Japan will focus on how to achieve a climate-smart lifestyle.

From sustainable landscape restoration that mitigates climate change, to tenure security and innovative financing tools, to climate-smart lifestyle changes, the agenda is wide and deep for an upcoming Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) event in Kyoto.

Under the banner “Climate, Landscapes and Lifestyles: It is Not Too Late,” GLF Kyoto, running for a full day spanning 12 and 13 May across time zones, will bring together some of the best minds from science, business, international development, indigenous peoples, civil society and government to share on-the-ground solutions for a climate-smart future. In addition to reviewing the latest science on climate change and landscape restoration work, GLF Kyoto will seek to highlight new and innovative ideas and initiatives for climate solutions across a myriad of landscapes.

To best include speakers and listeners from around the world, capitalising on digital resources and saving carbon from travel, this GLF was uniquely designed in three parts. First will be a digital “tapestry” of specially prepared video addresses, short documentaries and art; followed by eight plenaries broadcast live from the International Conference Center in Kyoto; and, lastly, five plenaries broadcasted live from global cities on five continents. Some 200 people will attend in Kyoto, while tens of thousands are expected to join online in the Digital Edition.

“Climate action” has become a frequent term in the environmental sector, and to equip its audience with realistic ways to act more sustainably on a daily basis, many parts of the event will focus on how changes in consumption patterns can make a difference, through choices in nutrition, fashion, transportation, plastic and food waste. Participants will be urged consider the devastating impact that overconsumption is having not only on the planet, but also on personal wellbeing.

The event comes just one day ahead of the meetings – also in Kyoto ­– of the 49th session of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), where scientists are expected to work out final details of emission targets aimed at achieving the 1.5 degree Celsius limit for global warming set in the Paris Agreement on climate change. They will build on work that the IPCC began at the same location in 1997 when global leaders, seized by the urgency of climate change, met to negotiate the first legally binding treaty to cut greenhouse gases and find ways to halt the rise in global temperatures. The result of their efforts was the Kyoto Protocol, adopted on 11 December 1997 and entered into force on 16 February 2005.

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Eco Business, 3 May 2019: 24 hours for more sustainable todays and tomorrows