GLOBE India MPs on Monday had an elaborate discussion on the possible solutions for Climate Change with French delegation led by Mr Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, and H.E. Mrs Laurence Tubiana, Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations and Special Representative of the French Government for COP21.
With CoP21 in Paris round the corner, GLOBE India MPs reviewed the progress on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) with Indian Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and top officials of the Ministry in New Delhi.
Indian legislators and expert on climate change sought to know at a GLOBE India meeting the tradeoff that would be needed to achieve Development Goals for Indians in the context of India's Climate Change objectives in the coming decades.
GLOBE India organised the regional consultation on mapping legal options and alternatives for establishing India’s approach to climate change negotiations on 21st March, 2015, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The consultation was well attended by Energy Minister of the State, Members of Parliament, and representatives from funding agencies and founder members of Globe India, Delhi.
GLOBE EU President Sirpa Pietikäinen (MEP) and Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (MEP) chaired the event, which opened with a video greeting from the Commissioner for Environment Janez Potocnik. After the greeting the event continued with keynote speeches and interaction with the audience. Among the highlighted issues was the question on how to develop and implement long-term transformation to sustainable development. Guido Schmidt-Traub (UNSDSN) stressed that it is absolutely crucial to establish a clear pathway to reach the goals of sustainable development and that all actors from different fields, be it politics or business, must take part in the joint effort.
Kurt Vandenberghe and William Neale from the Commission explored Europe’s possibilities to live within the boundaries of the planet by looking into the EU policies on circular economy, research and innovation. Several participating businesses expressed their firm commitment to sustainability and presented business cases on green growth and innovation as well as ideas on how to further support the move towards the circular economy. The essential role of the financial sector in the transition to the green economy was also highlighted in the event. Nick Robins (UNEP Inquiry) stressed that aligning financial policy and sustainability is needed in order to tackle systemic failures and to build policy coherence, and stressed highlighted the opportunities for EU to build on existing work.
Sebastian Winkler (Global Footprint Network) elaborated the concepts of biocapacity and ecological footprint, stressing that turning resource trends around is important for economic recovery in Europe. Luc Bas (IUCN) additionally highlighted the potential for sustainable nature-based solutions in creating prosperity in Europe. Other speakers addressed, among other topics, taking scientific evidence into use in business action for sustainable development as well as that material and energy-use productivity are likely to drive technologies and aspirations in the future. Author Graeme Maxton also reminded that debt induced economic growth is not sustainable and that jobs and living standards should be the first priority when trying to tackle environmental challenges.
The event was concluded with a screening of the documentary movie ‘Last Call’ by Enrico Cerasuolo (Italy/Norway 2013). The documentary is based on the book The Limits to Growth. More information here: http://www.lastcallthefilm.org<;/a>
Please find the presentations and other documents that were highlighted in the event below. Also make sure to sign the appeal on the UNSDSN website to the World Leaders stressing the need for keeping the temperature rise below 2 degrees. The appeal will be presented in the Leaders Summit this September in New York.