From tipping cascades to exponential curves: 5 things we learned at Ecosperity 2019

(Eco Business, 12 Jun 2019) This year’s Ecosperity conference explored how to get Asia’s circular economy spinning, speed up Southeast Asia’s clean energy transition, and better manage the region’s dwindling water resources. Here’s what we learned this year.

Before the opening speech at the Ecosperity 2019 conference at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on Thursday, as delegates were finishing their morning coffee while oggling at a terrifying 40-metre wide screen of the rising seas, Eco-Business approached Christiana Figueres, one of the architects of the historic Paris Climate Agreement, to ask her a question.

How hopeful was she that humanity would cut carbon emissions in time to meet the 12-year deadline set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis? The ebullient Costa Rican was charasterically forthright in her response.

We have no choice, she said: If we don’t act, then Gardens by the Bay—Singapore’s flagship coastal tourist attraction that is overlooked by Marina Bay Sands—will become Gardens beneath the Bay.

How to prevent rising sea levels and the extreme weather that will result from global warming that breaches the IPCC’s 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold was the main theme running through Ecosperity this year, which focused on finding solutions to the climate crisis, and accelerating the pace of change towards a low-carbon and resource-efficient future.

By 2030, unless we put carbon back into the soil, we would have decided quality of life not only for our children and grandchildren, but perhaps for the next 1000 years.

Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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