Last week, Mars, Inc., The Climate Group, EDF+Business, The Nature Conservancy and Oxfam came together at #GenerationForChange on Twitter during COP24 to discuss how the private sector can lead on climate action, align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensure a more sustainable supply chain worldwide.
During #GenerationForChange, we discussed the following topics and much more:
Allen also didn’t mince words (nor skimp on visuals!), when she made it clear where Mars stood on climate action:
Sturcken of EDF was quick to back up Allen’s words:
Sturcken, who was among many Californians who lived through the impact of California’s wildfires, reiterated the need for companies to lean on policy makers to make the changes necessary to ensure the goals of the Paris Agreement are met:
The Climate Group reminded us that policies that boost climate action efforts should not be seen merely regulations that come with a cost, but in fact, can generate economic opportunities:
As Oxfam’s Sen pointed out, if more action is not taken to address climate change, the world’s poorest citizens – who are often the ones that grow our food – will be affected the most:
During the one-hour Twitter Chat, all the participants made one thing clear: achieving climate action is hard and requires much cooperation and innovative partnerships. But TNC’s Cleary also offered us a dose of optimism, pointing to the potential of a major deforestation commitment that could occur in Brazil during 2019 – no small feat considering Brazil’s new right-wing president intends to rollback many of the country’s environmental reforms:
Finally, while 3p has long talked about how companies can work with nonprofits to take on tough challenging environmental issues, from deforestation to securing clean and safe water for more citizens, Allen brought up an example of how companies can work together as well:
Leon Kaye has written for TriplePundit since 2010, and became its Executive Editor in 2018. He is also the Director of Social Media and Engagement for 3BL Media. His previous work can be found at The Guardian, Sustainable Brands and CleanTechnica. Kaye is based in Fresno, CA, from where he happily explores California’s stellar Central Coast and the national parks in the Sierra Nevadas. He's lived in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay, and has traveled to over 70 countries. He's an alum of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Southern California.