tv Global Climate Action Summit CSPAN October 16, 2018 2:04am-5:30am EDT
this is three hours and 20 minutes. please welcome the master of ceremonies the head of communications for bloomberg, linda douglass. ♪ hello and welcome to the summit. i am honored and hung to be here in san francisco with such extraordinary leaders around the world. these are leaders from every sector from every industry, business, government, technology, philanthropy, entrepreneurs and artists, investors, scientists and
students all united by a common goal, the goal of protecting the people who live on our planet by conducting the exit central threat of climate change. we are off to a auspicious start. tens of thousands of citizens around the world marched to demand greater climate action to fulfill promises made three years ago in paris. our task as you know becomes more urgent every day. this summer temperatures once again reached record highs. people are dying as wildfires burned their houses to the ground. hurricanes and other disasters have claimed thousands of lives displacing populations and causing billions of dollars in damage, and of course at this very moment hurricane florence is bearing down on the eastern seaboard and already 1.5 million people have been told to evacuate their homes.
it's set to bring 50% more rainfall due to climate human induced climate change. meanwhile tropical storm olivia is sweeping across hawaii and since the start of the hurricane season, this is an astonishing, there've been eight other storms in the atlantic and 14 more in the pacific. here in california, more than a dozen different wildfires are tearing across the state. so now is not the time for us to rest. mark i the half way point betwen the agreement in 2020 a critical moment where the emissions must seek if we are to avoid the worst effects by midcentury we must be carbon neutral. these are ambitious goals that the speakers the next few days are working hard to achieve them. it won't be easy and the solutions won't be perfect.
we are learning by doing as we undertake a radical shift in the global economy than has ever been undertaken. we will make mistakes and we are going to see failures along the way that we can not and will not back away from this fight. all of you here today and watching around the world are proof that we will not back of a week from the fight. please join me. [applause] ♪ hello, everyone. it is my distinct pleasure to welcome all of you to san francisco for this climate action summit. we are united today to take action on the defining issue of
our time protecting our environment and fighting against climate change. this is an issue that is bigger than one city, region or country. the choices and commitments that we make the next few days and the same cooperation will determine if we are able to leave a better future for the next generation. california has been a leader and san francisco has been at the forefront of those efforts. since 1990 week reduced the emissions by 30% and cut the landfill disposal than half all while growing our economy by 111%. [applause] [cheering] we are proof that you can have a growing economy while advancing in the environmental policies.
we were the major city to ban the legislation to establish the nations styrofoam band and it kept 40 times the perception medications out of the landfills. [applause] 100% renewable energy program clean up our act best has resulted in greenhouse gas reduction equivalent to taking 17,000 cars off the road. by the year 2030, we are committed to four major initiatives in san francisco. cutting the landfill waste in half comedy carbonized in all al new buildings and achieving 100% renewable energy and continuing to issue more green bonds to finance critical infrastructure desperately needed to combat
climate change. [applause] today i ask you to join us. the impact on climate change are not constrained by borders and our actions shouldn't be either. let's send a message of unity and determination. together we can go further to protect the planet and our people for generations to come. thank you all so much for being here and enjoy your time in san francisco. [applause] ♪ it's been said if we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change
[inaudible] [inaudible] you see many different examples of the desire for natural resource changing the planet and not always in a good way. right now humans are from co2 into the atmosphere and there isn't enough time for the system to correct the problem. launched into space at over 17,000 miles per hour, they look
down and discover how delicate and perfectly calibrated the earth is. of all the changes we are making, i think it is changes to the atmosphere that we should be the most worried about. the planet is getting hotter. how much, that depends on us. those returned with a global passport not an american but canadian or russian. our planet is important to us. it's special and unique because it is our home. >> that is a new perspective on
how accountable we are to each other and what a responsibility we have to take care of the only place any of us here will ever live. we can learn a lot more from the previous. >> it gave me a profound appreciation of what we take for granted. we may not have the luxury of observing the world but that day is coming when it may seem like a more hospitable option. wisdom seeks those who find power and humility. >> it gives you a sense of how special this place is where we
live. >> is it possible to give the astronauts a better view from above into the shows on the ground we were bold, resolute and willing not only to change your mind but to change our world for the better? i'm robert redford. welcome to the global climate action summit. ♪ [applause] the view from space helps us understand the magnitude of the challenge we are up against it
for people in many parts of the world climate change is a daily reality that threatened their lives and way of life. the people you are about to hear from now know this better than almost anyone because they have seen the devastating effects firsthand. they know what's at stake and what it will take to meet the challenges head-on. the first is on the front lines of the fight to save her country and other island nations from the devastation of climate change. please welcome prime minister motley. [applause] ♪
good morning, everyone. the existin existence of my brod sisters is stressed as we speak today. i almost didn't make it here today. indeed as we speak, the tropical storm is landing and this is the fourth storm or hurricane in three years as we speak. barbados escaped the ravages of the last hurricane season, the costliest on record in the caribbean. unprecedented it's called the complete evacuation of an island
that has been uninhabited for years. there is 1 degree of warming the world is on a path even if the countries meet the commitments made in the first round of the determined contributions. we were lucky in 2017 and barbados. we were lucky today. but is it fair that people are dependent on us staying lucky even if we avoid an extreme weather events the electricity generating stations and hospitals along with the majority of the infrastructure rf front-end by the sea level
rise. things i saw as a child we no longer see. the oceans become more acidic and we are faced with confronting daily the threat of the livelihood of our hotels, workers and coasts. the dry seasons are getting longer, but routes are more common. three years ago, seven of the and had difficulty accessing water, access to fresh water is becoming a constant on the economic hardship to find a
water stress and the cost is more than ten times that the current cost of water and we seek to do so is the third most indebted country in the entire world. mosquitoes are biting more people and like many around the world we are already experiencing the adverse impacts of climate change. we are not content to wait for others to act whether it is long respected we have been a world leader in modern technology for almost 50 years and now we intend to be one of the 50 examples of how it can be achieved across the entire economy. we intend to reassert ourselves
because we are in a fight for our own existence. indeed it is for that reason that we have set 2030 as a target for us to have a fossil fuel free economy. [applause] all of us lost momentum since paris and although the increase has slowed, we have not yet peaked on the global emissions, but we must do so by 2020. we really cannot afford to wait any longer. there's more work to be done. believe you me it is greatly needed especially for the small island states whose vulnerability is in front of you today as i speak.
the climate fund must be adequately replenished, for it is our only hope in many instances and access to these funds need to be streamlined. our country has graduated from borrowing from the world bank because we are deemed to be a middle income country because of our per capita income and get if the hurricane hit us todayin our conversation and our reality would be completely different, but we simply wallow in definitions made in rooms thousands of miles away from our reality. the agreement are out of the week in paris cannot be forgotten or cast aside any more. the next round of determined contributions will seal our fate for better or for worse and for
the citizens of the world i speak now not for the governme government. this is our battle. you see the evidence before our eyes. we see it and feel it. we don't have the power to change small things we do, but there are some things we can change. we can change how we save water, turn off the tap when we brush our teeth, we can change how we save energy. we can turn off the lights and air conditioners as we leave rooms. we can change our oceans, save our oceans by ensuring that that which we put in it is not pollutants like plastic and straws. if each one does this, we can save our world because many hands make light work. with the technology today, we can see each other whenever and
wherever we choose across borders, across the regions. for our climate knows no boundaries, but it will respect numbers as politicians do. it will respect numbers in concert and on routes of thousands of millions of people acting together, not just to change our mind but to transform how we live to save our world. i looked to everyone in the room to act, but i look to everyone who hears my voice to act. for my country, for our region, for the island and carried him icould regionand pacific for mue communities everywhere. our future and future generations yethe future ofgenet stake. if we wait any longer it will be too late to save it.
..>> the arctic circle. my people's oral history stretching over 28,000 years teesmg v teaches us we are tied to the loond, the air, the waters and animals. today the rights of my people to continue our ways of life are in jeopardy as never before. we face the dual connected threats of climate change, and the oil drilling that fuels it. our sensitive region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. the permafrost under our feet is
melting while oil companies pump chemicals into it to prolong their operations. as it warms, the personal frost releases earth alteringults of methage and mercury. now the sacred lands of my people, the pork epine caribou heard are being threatened by the same industry responsible for this warming. without consulting us the arctic national wildlife refuge is slated to endure seismic exploration this winter. a as the first step in whole sail oil and gas development. even the weight of the vehicle scar the landscape beyond recognize. these lands and watered are our very bonds. the caribou and migrating animals our life blood. my people are committed to a future where fossil fuels do not roup our earth. in my village we are constructing a solar farm of 2,000 panels the largest project
in the arctic north. this just the beginning in reestablishing our ancient balance with our lands through sustainable technologies. but we cannot do it loon. the world must understand that none of us are separated from this planet. each other or what is happening today. respect for indiminous rights is key to stemming and reversing climate change. that the disregard of our people is the disregard of this planet. and, even themselves. these are the teachings of my ancestors and elders. people who still remember these ancient truths. and for that, i give you thanks for listening today. [applause] >> please welcome johan rockstrum, and chris yawna chri.
>> christina: hello. i'm christiana and this is my good friend johan rockstrum. we're here not only to welcome you to the global climate action cement summit but we're here to tell you a story. it is a story of a journey we're already on. already evolving right there in front of us. however, before we start the story why don't you tell us why exponential transformation important. >> johan: after 50 years of ricing pressures on earth. we have reached a point in 2018 where mother earth is sending social and economic invoices in
the form of extreme events across the entire world right as we speak seeing in the front of us causing tremendous impacts across the entire planet. the scientific smej very clear. things are changing faster than we had predicted. the unprecedented, the largest ever observed forest fires in california, all the way to forest fires, droughts and tropical heat in the arctic. most likely connected to the slow down of the arctic vortex caused by the amplified melting of arctic ice, influencing the jet stream which is causing and locking high pressure temperatures in northern europe all the way to the droughts and temperature rise in australia, leading to floods in pock ston, the unprecedented floods and all the way to unprecedented events from floods, droughts, across
the entire planet. we see the impact in term of warming ocean that are absorbing so much of our impact with now coral bleaching, acidification across all oceans on the planet with 30 per of the great barrier reef having crossed an irreversible tipping point. this is the big picture we're seeing in front of us today. but the even bigger picture is our hundred-year journey. a hundred-year journey where what was normal a hundred years back, and what was then the extreme events is now becoming our new normal. we're seeing across all continents the rising temperatures, leading to very significant impacts across the entire social economic fabric that we all depend on. in fact, can you believe it we've now reached 1 degrees celsius on planet earth, the highest temperature on earth since the last ice age.
we are at the point, at the edge where we need to start transformations. there is an even bigger picture, which is the rising scientific evidence that the earth system has only stayed below 2 degrees so far, thanks to the resilient of the earth's sm. we have 50% of emissions taken up in earth and land. earth raimedz our best friend, but we're learning that our tipping poind all the way from the risk of losing methane from permafrost, to the degradation of a jet stream the thermal high line, whole energy exchange and the oceans and we have so much evident that these tipping points are what regulates our ability to have what we so much depend on, self-cooling planet and avoiding causing a tipping point when earth would potentially move irreversibly toward a self-amplifying warming temperature just a few months back we summarized the science
from all the tipping points we had from the risk of the amazon rain forest, showing that already 2 degrees celsius we may be crossing a planetary threshold where we could enter an irreversible journey to the house house earth. >> host: are we condemned to a house house earth? >> johan: the into news is that earth remains resilient. it's dominated by self-cooling feedbacks despite our unsustainable behavior across all sectors in society. we all have the opportunity of transforming through the decarbonized future well below , the pacer agreement has unprecedented scientific support. the path we need to follow in paris is we need to bend p the curve of emotions no later than 2020, and then following a pace of decarbonization roughly at
6-7 reduce emissions every year, which transports to a more innovation pathway we've called the global carbon allow. if we can cut emissions by half every decade we can take us to paris. and if this is a transformation pathway that can take us to the decarbonized world economy by 2050, we need to transform the food system from being the single largest source of emissions to becoming a single largest singh of emissions and agriculture revolution. we need, whr we like it or not we need to recognize the need to have carbon captures storage, but we also need to maintain the carbon singhs and natural ecosystems and all of this dear friends if we can decarbonize according to the carbon law, transform food systems, keep resilient ecosystems, we have a 66% chance of staying under
2 degrees celsius. this is a global transformation. it is an exponential journey. >> host: let's just understand what exponential means. because frankly we're not used to thinking thinking exponentiaf i take more or less 37 steps in a linear fashion. that would be the length of this stage. 37 steps linearly. now, if we think about these steps in exponential fashion, and we think we're going to be exponential by 2, so then we would take one step, then two, then four, then eight, then 16, then 32, we get the picture right? you think do the math. well you have fundamentally different results. so if we start here today, and we take 20 exponential steps, we will be in l.a., if we take 23 exponential steps, we will be in new york. if we take 26, we will be back
in l.a., because we have gone all around the planet. if we take 30 exponential steps we will be on the moon, and if we take 37, we will be on mars. that is the difference between linear, and exponential. and there's a difference between linear progress and special progress. when we think about climate change. so, from mars let's come back to earth and see are we actually on an special path? well, johan and i would like today, to put forward that we actually are on an exponential path at least in some sectors. let's begin with what we have seen in renewable energy. there we have definitely seen ten years ago let's be frank renewable energy was a boutique operation. but now, with the growth of both solar and wind, we have gone to a doubling of renewable energy
every 5.5 years. that means if we continue that trend exponential trend, we will actually be pretty safely even, discounting for all the challenges that we're going to have, we're going to be pretty safely at 50% renewable energy by 2030. something something that would have been unthinkable just ten years ago, and definitely the evidence for p exponential progress. now let's look to the latest exciting -- news that we all read in newspapers every day, which is what happens happening in electricity vehicles. frankly ten years ago electric vehicles were science fiction. now, we have every major car company already putting forward their electric models for all of our old internal combustion engine models and we have a growing number of countries that are setting dates for banning
the sale of new vehicles if they are internal combustion. ie regulates all new vehicles will have to be electric. currently the uptick in electric vehicles is following market path. but once these policies come into effect we will have electric vehicles in the market following an spoals path, just through the combination of market forces and policies. then we have -- let's look at the green finance sector. a very exciting sector. just on -- just remember we know that in order to transform the global economy we need to invest at least a trillion dollars every year into green infrastructure. and just on green bonds, one of the financial instruments where have we gone? we have gone from where we were,
practical unheard of instrument certainly ten years ago to now already an exponential curve, which if followed up until 2021, we will be at $1 trillion just with green bonds. another exponential curve that we're beginning to see is the divestment movement started in 2013, and by now, we're already at 6 trillion with special curves to look forward to, and then carbon pricing. yet another financial instrument to accelerate low carbon economic growth, the going word on the street is that carbon pricing is not occurring. not true. you can see how much is actually already occurring in certainly in terms of countries but also in terms of coverage of greenhouse gases, with more news
to come very soon. so, across the green finance sector with different instruments with different takes, we are starting to see the exponential curve moving forward. that of course means that companies are now able to take science-based targets and we have there again an uptick in companies taking science-based targets which means zero net by 2050, and stay tuned for a very exciting announcement that will come today that will take us beyond where we are right now at this moment of 476 companies. all of this together means that countries are able to peak emissions. and by 2020 we know we will have 53 countries who will have been able to peak their greenhouse gas emissions while increasing their gdp. we are beginning to disassociate
the two curves of economic growth and ghg growth which is exactly what is called for in the paris agreement. so, johan, i have to be frank with you, because everything that i have said is all well and good but it only covers a few sectors right, so what happens with the other sectors? >> johan: it's almost like it puts us in a point of schizophrenia, there's never been a reason to be so nervous. based on the scientific necessity but there's never been a reason to be so hopeful either. so when hurricane florence is now about to hit north carolina, and we know that this is very likely associated as an unnatural path due to the weakening of the jet stream, we also see positives. what we are releasing here today is for the first time exponential building on the
empirical evidence and looking at the next 12 years. what is the role of opportunity we have to cut emissions by half, by 2030 over the next 12 years following the global carbon law that can take us to paris. and this maps out for the best evidence we have the 30 solutions which are scalable, which are potentially beneficial both socially and economically, across all sectors and society. this covers the whole transport, energy, buildings, it is a careful walk-through of all the mapping that have been done from private sector, from policy, from countries around the world, to see what is realistically achievable, women by wedge, scale by scale, and what we find is that yes, we can reach 50% electricity coming from solar and wind, by 2030, on the current trajectories. and most excitedly is when we
come a food consumption and land use even here which is the dark course as we all know that the final battle ground whether we reach paris is not only about decarbonizing the energy system, it's also about a transformation to sustainable and healthy food systems and here the solutions are in place. we have the technology and we can succeed. minimizing food waste, recycling resources, getting new energy balances in our ecosystem management and landscapes. this just shows that we are on path to success. >> host: so to support this transformation as you know all nations came together in 2015 in paris and agreed to a common path toward the decarbonization of the global economy. we in the meantime have taken that path and we are building the moment between now and 2020, to ensure that we're keeping
track of the exponential progress that we're seeing and in fact increasing that exponential progress. but 2020, is only two minutes from now. and over the next few months, in preparation for 2020, when countries must come together again to assess what they have been able to do, what the private sector has done, what investment has done, what technologies have moved forward, they will have to come together to the table to step up their national ambition once again. because there is in the paris agreement a five-year cycle which we call the ratchet mechanism, in which every five years countries need to upgrade and update their aspirations based on the reality they see and the projections they believe are going to be possible. 2020 is the first year in which these countries must come to the table and increase the ambition, but it is also the year in which science has told us it is the
very last moment that we have to actually be able to bend the curve of emissions which currently is still increasing, bend the curve of greenhouse gas emissions and begin the radical descent that we must follow in order to stay safely under two degrees. so, we have heard today from johan that this exponential transformation is necessary. we have seen that at least in some sectors it is already exponential. and we have just heard from johan that it is achievable. the moment has come to move from knowing that it is achievable, to actually achieving it and that is what we're gathered here to do over these two days. you have been invited to a summit. it is a summit but not only a summit. this is an invitation for all of you to join the journey of exponential transformation. for you to assess where are you
on that exponential curve. how can you contribute to the next uptick? and how can you reach out to everyone else. to peers, to colleagues, to supply chain, to encourage them to change their mindset from linear, to exponential. because the world, the future of the world is one that we must cocreate based on radical collaboration among all of us. because the consequences of either doing so, or not doing so, are not just for us, they are for everyone. thank you. [applause] >> as host mayor of the 2015
pacer agreement, she helped bring together leaders from cities states, business, and civil society to strengthen that historic deal. today, she represents not only her own city of paris, but a coalition of 96 cities that are home to 700 million people and one-fourth of the global economy. please welcome mayor an hidalgo. >> anne: let's me tell you a story. the story of europe and citizen, mother of three, and mayor of one of the biggest cities in the world who recently brought before the europe court to defend the rights of her fellow citizens to breathe.
it all start in 2015, with the -- a day of -- that led the europe and commission to review an environment law to give a sort of license to pollute. the origin of this case, the manipulation of freeze by major car makers to bust the test of compliance to pollution standards. instead of -- europe only changed the rules. as mayor of paris, fighting to ensure that my city breathes, i could not allow that. again against the advice of many people but with the support of
thousands of citizens and joined by my colleague, the mayor of -- and madrid, i decided to challenge the commission decision. i was then told that in order to do so i needed to be directly and expected. directly and personally affected. as a mayor directly and personally affected by air pollution, i am because as a mayor, it is my right to protect the citizens. i always keep in mind the -- they gave me. i act on behalf of purishens with their trust and defending
their interest. and directly and personally affected when hospitals report to me an increasing number of children suffering from asthma. and directly and personally effected when doctors challenge me on air pollution, which is causing new cancers every year. i'm directly and personally effected when i witness that the most -- are strongly effected by climate change, therefore increasing inequalities. i am directly and personally effected because i don't want to face my children one day when they ask me, why didn't you do
anything? it is an emergency. we will not die from pollution tomorrow. we are already dying today. i don't know what the ring of the europe will be. i'm waiting for the decision. i don't know if we'll lean toward the truth or the lies, the citizen or lobbies, but i know that we mayors, friends, your colleagues, governors, local government, we are directly and personally effected. we are little bit to legitimate. we are best placed to defend them and to enable them to
breathe. the paris agreement is an invitation to do so. our house is burning, and we look where. this announcement was made by former president at the opening of the earth summit in 2002. our house is burning, now. literally. it is about time to act. thank you for your attention. [applause] >> please welcome anchor and executive producer bloomberg technology, emily chang. >> emily: hi everyone.
thank you so much for being hear today. we all know that mitigating climate change has to be a national priority, and more often than not the real work that we're seeing is being done from the ground up whether it's cities or states or businesses or civil society advocating for action,plementing policies making big investments, so even where national leadership may be falling short we have champions leading the fight on the ground to keep the promises that were made in paris, we are here to celebrate their actions. i am pleased to introduce them right now. the governor of new jersey phil murphy who demonstrated the power that states can have as climate actors. he has recommitted to the greenhouse gas initiative, and put the state on track toward 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
[applause] hannah has championed to make warsaw a green metropolis, revamping the transportation system, it is not just about state and local governments leading the charge. they are often challenged to set even bigger goals by civil society organizes like oxfam international, we have winnie bemean who is an expert on poverty and gender -- she has some fascinating stories she will be sharing with us. and companies around the world are starting to understand the importance of these issues and take action. so really excited to have kevin
johnson here, the ceo of starbucks. he was on the board for ten years, he's been ceo since last year and led as many of you know bold commitments to social impacts including the recent announcement that starbucks will eliminate the waste and hazard of plastic straws globally by 2020. and last but not least we have one of the biggest players who led the negotiation in paris on behalf of the obama white house brian did he did he deese. the challenge may be different for all of these parties but the goal is the same and that is decarbonization.
so brine i thought i would start with you since you're on the ground in paris, leading an important player in leading the negotiations for the obama administration. what was your reaction to the current administration pulling out and what do you think the real impact of that has been? >> brian: well i think that there is a certain physics to politics. and so, as inexplicable as that decision was i think for people around the world, and particularly for people who worked closely on it, what i think is equally or more notable is that that action has had an equal and opposite reaction. you've seen that by countries around the world. if you took us back to paris and you asked us where would we be two and a half years in with this global compact on climate change, if you could predict the
unexpected events like brexit, and election in the united states, you look at where we are tied and be quite optimistic that every major economy outside the united states has not only recommitted to the paste agreement but committed to the idea that what paris stood for is irreversible. we see the action that's happening at the state and local level, and we see that in the investing world as well. asset owners in the last 18 months have increasingly been interested in these set of issues. and there's an irony that in fact i think that it took the trump administration to really bring a unifying force to the american private sector to be in favor of climate action, and so i think those are -- [applause] it's the equal and opposite reaction that i tend to focus on. >> emily: let's talk about the positive side of the galvanization of all of that.
i'd like to hear from all of you what your biggest implement has been since the paris agreement. >> gov. murphy: i want to thank governor brown and the host for this extraordinary convening. i succeeded a guy who was anti-climate policy, and we are obviously in the midst as brian has said of an administration which is historically bad. so new jersey is a pretty proud progress state. [applause] i have to say i had a conversation with governor brown right after i got elected and we talked about climate mostly. and i said to him i wanted new jersey to be the california of the east coast and one of my -- wait a minute, one of my jersey buddies showing great jersey attitude said we have to go stronger, we have to say we're going to succeed so much california is going to be the
jersey on it west coast. we have a plan by 2050, a big piece of that is off-shore wind. what's the one thing i'd really love to anchor with you today is we've laid out a vision for 3500 megawatts off shore by 2030 in off shore wind. new jersey is really well situated not just the wind currents but the plates and the dethings and our woard of public utilities on monday consider the first round of solicitations for 1100 megawatts so this is going to happen. and i'm going to ask them to put in place announcing today in the year 2020 and 2022 the incremental another 1200 megawatts, so this is going to happen. so it's not just wind, it's community solar it's a huge environmental justice program and boy a lot of this creates jobs and makes us healthier and
gives us better lives. [applause] >> emily: mayor gronkiewicz-waltz cities have a huge role to play here, talk to us about the role warsaw is playing. you also have something to announce today. >> hanna: we started quite late compared to the development of dates because i can say that in realistic terms we started to think and elaborate and to face the challenge of change of climate when we came member of the eu, which in the case of poland is 2004. i think that the cities and the mayors they play a very important role. i should confess that in stronger than the government and we do our job. what i mean by doing our job, i
maybe we change the buses, we introduce electric buses, we change the tramways, we are contacting subways and that is the case also. because of recent history as i mentioned in the beginning we decided a little bit late, but we are very much determined and we are -- what is the most important in our case is that education and the awareness of the subject of the issue. so you have to indicate that schools, children, students, they should know what it's about. [applause] fortunately, in another case we have education on the -- this was amount of thing that was important in the previous system and very much highlighted. and so it's going not so bad. importantly a difference to stakeholders, invest in business
and we have special arrangements with the school, and economic school they're working at the moment for their pollution monitoring, so this is an example. what is also very important this event and i can assure we have for example, picnic there for c. so you have to find a way for people and the public. also mobility week, and i am always doing the check by the media if i go by bus, train or car. so this is the ration which we undertake just to make people more and more aware with the issue. but what is important about our task and activity in among other
countries, i give you one quick example. we have so called participatory badges. people get some money they can do what they want, and now they decide this one of the group in one district would like to have more money -- pollution. so it was their own decision. for us it's important the corporation in international corporation because we are active in c14 in your cities and we share our knowledge with other countries not only capital cities but we participate in paris, in chicago, in london. [applause] >> emily: now winnie, you do a lot of your work in the global south where a large percentage of global emissions are
projected, and i'm wondering if you can share with us some of the dangerous and disastererous impacts you are seeing on the ground and talk about what we can do to act more aggressively. >> winnie: thanking and i'm first to thank governor brown to join this panel. on behalf of oxfam, my organize. climate change is a political challenge. not a technical challenge. that's my starting point. why, it's an issue of justice. [applause] thank you. it's an issue of justice and fairness. if i think about my uncle who lives in a village in uganda and is a farmer, it would take him 129 years to emit the same amount of carbon dioxide as an
average american citizen emits in one year. 129 years. so, the climate crisis was caused by the emissions of rich people, but it is poor people who are hit hardest. [applause] and so, what excites me is really that we're seeing that in spite of that, the pendulum of climate action is swinging towards depth countries. they're not just sitting down watching. they're acting. here are some examples. the climate vulnerable forum, 50 countries poorest countries, least developed countries, small islands have committed to have 100% renewable energy by 2050.
this is their commitment. [applause] they're holding a virtual climate summit in november. that's leadership. china and india, today they're investment in renewable energies is the highest world over and is rising fastest, that's china andind i a. [applause] south africa. is among the top ten countries that are deploying utility scale solar power. south africa. that's leadership. and so, i'm optimistic but i also know as the scientist said here that we need to do more. it's simply not enough. and that's why we at oxfam are
calling to the end of coal world would. worldwide. we are saying that there shouldn't be another coal plant installed in the world today and that the existing ones should be scheduled out or phased out as fast as possible. that's our position on coal. we've done an estimate. we've estimated that for every dollar invested in coal in asia, that dollar will cause $10 of climate change damage in that region alone. so what do you call that? you call it economics of self-harm. we can't do that. so according for the end of -- we are excited about the momentum that has been generated because climate change is a
political issue, it's an issue of people power, we need people power and that's why we're so excited by the marches. [applause] >> emily: kevin starbucks has a lot of constituencies. you have coffee growers, customers who love their straws. you have shareholders how do you balance where to invest your time, energy and your money towards sustainability, given that you are a for-profit company with all of these allegations. allegations. >> well certainly as we've grown over the decades we now have nearly 29,000 starric bees stores in 78 countries, over 330,000 starbucks partners who proudly wear the green apron
serving 100 million customers a week. we are a contemporary that in the fabric of our mission, our culture, and our values, is the belief that the pursuit of profit is not in conflict with the pursuit of doing good. [applause] we are a company that started a journey years ago, where one of our social impact pillars is sustainability. we're a company that has put a stake in the ground that is working to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. we're doing that in partnership. with the public sector, and with ngo's like conservation international. and we're working on behalf of coffee farmers around the world to make coffee a sustainable agriculture product. we've extended that to provide greener cups in our stores and
we've made announcements, and reintroduced a recyclable cup years ago. but many municipalities don't have the facilities to recycal all those cups. so earlier this year we announced the greener cup challenge, in partnership with the world wildlife foundation and the work we're doing in partnership with close-loop partners to find new solutions, innovative solutions. we built upon that where we have built more lead stores than any other business in the world. we've woven lead criteria into our store development process, and we've taken it not just within the united states, but we be taken it around the world. so you put all that together, sustainability is one of the pillars of our social impact agenda, and we're here today to announce how we're going to extend our commitment even further. >> host: tell us.
>> kevin: today we're announcing in addition to the journey we're on, we now have launched what we call a greener store framework. in addition to building stores with lead criteria, and lead certification, we're now extending it to how we operate those stores. thinks that really focus on renewable north korean that's used in our stores. water stewardship, the things that we're doing to better manage and reduce waste, and it's all driven with the aspiration to be the number one company in the world with the sustainable platform from origin, working with farmers, the entire supply chain, to the stores, and the actual end product that we deliver, and so we're very excited about the opportunity that brings. [applause] bryan as kevin said,
making money shouldn't be at odds with creating a better planet for us and future generation said. that's said do investors value sustainability, and do you believe it is a competitive advantage. can you make more money by investing in sustainable efforts or are those two things at odds? >> we're at black rock are an asset manager. we value and grow the clients assets. most of which are invested for long-term goals like retirement. so our goal in that context is to look forward at risks and opportunities and be better at anticipating those are on behalf of our clients. and in that context the first point i would make consistent with what kevin said is that sustainable investing is no longer a nice to do. it's no longer an exercise in trading value for values.
it's an increasingly becoming core to that mission of providing a better future for the clients that we serve. i think that when we talk about climate change in particular, i think that in too many parts of the investing world there has been a view that the risk of climate are real, but they are too long-term. they are too hard to measure. they are too uncertain to really build into an investment strategy, and i think that the second point i would make is that the facts and the data have well made that view obsolete. and so i think that the opportunity and the responsibility on all of us in the investing community is to up our game. and to get better at understanding those risks, measuring those risks, pricing those risks and then using them to deliver better outcomes. and at black rock we're committed to do our part on that
front, and so we're doing a number of things. first, we engage directly with companies that have the most material with climate change, and we expect them to both disclose those risks and have a plan to address those. we sent letters to 120 of those companies this year to ask them that the task force on climate related financial disclosure put out a notice. preach we can build in the cutting edge physical risk data about climate change into our investment processes and we believe the data and the science has accelerated to a point that we can provide a much clearer picture not just at the city level or street level but down to the individual structure level of what those risks are, and we can connect those back to the assets we own.
that makes us better investors but also has the impact of driving the change through the insurance ecosystem. and third, from an investment perspective climate change is not just about risk. it's also about opportunity. you listen to what kevin's doing. kevin is finding commercial opportunities to try to reinforce the starbucks purpose by putting his money where his mouth is, and your company's money where your mouth is. and so we believe we can more effectively deliver for investors a holistic view of our company's ready for this low-carbon transition. are they prepared to capture the opportunities as well as mitigate those risks and then allow investors to align their capital with companies that are more prepared for the low carbon transition. they can do well by doing good. and in the last thing i would --
the last thing i would say is that ultimately as an investor the other big opportunity that we can't ignore is the capital needs to transition the world's infrastructure to a low-carbon world. that the energy infrastructure is the transportation infrastructure globally need to transition. and we at black rock we've invested $5 billion into renewable wind and solar assets, and we are committed to seeing the challenge of the capital that needs to flow, not just into wind and solar but into the global low-carbon transition. seeing that challenge as an opportunity and stepping into the challenge and saying how can we give investors the opportunity to invest in that transition in a way that will generate commercial returns and deploy capital into frontier economies and technologies. we we're ready to step up and do that.
[applause] >> emily: governor murphy we have a hurricane barreling toward the east coast into new jersey a long time to recover from hurricane sandy and there's a belief that climate change made the hurricane more powerful. there were big economic losses there. how do you see the clean energy economy that you're trying to build contributing to economic growth? this idea of doing well by doing good? >> gov. murphy: by the way this is a fascinating discussion and i think one reaction i'm having up here is the likes of all of us will never have mattered more. whether you're a governor, a mayor, running the world's premier ngo's a for-profit ceo, an investor, give the hand we have been dealt we will have never mattered more. folks will look back 100 years from now, folks like the group we guard today we changed history, and that's the reason
weave gathered here today. and one of the -- there's a lot of myth busting so you have both in the corporate side and the investment side this question of you can do good or do well. that's also a reality in politics. that if you're for climate change you must be against economic growth. and that's a myth that we must be vigilant and completely shattering because in fact it's a one plus one equals three opportunity. i mentioned in passing, this is a huge job creator. union jobs more often than not. you'll think through that off-shore wind historic opportunity we had. that's thousands of jobs. that's direct input into our economic growth. you look at our -- some of us were having a discussion. look at the health disparities we have. winnie made the point that the poorest among us pay the biggest price. if you look at rates of asthma
in kids in newark and elizabeth, new jersey, you have proximity to the ports and big trucks that go in and out, and you look at the rates that are multiple of the rates elsewhere in the can't and you can imagine a better future where you get that back into line. you have an enormous benefit not just for those individuals but to society more generally. or to disparities in life expectancy which are shockingly wide depending on the communities in which you live. if you can get at that cleftly that is a huge contributor not just to society and individuals but to economic growth. it's jobs, better health outcomes, it's a better quality of life. and this notion that you can neither do good, or do well, but you can't do beth, we have to collectively commit to shatter that once and for all.
[applause] >> emily: now clearly this is something we're all going to do together, whether it's the investment community or the government, or cities or civil society, or corporations, so what is the one thing you will do and i'll have our last three panelists answer this question. how do you see committing to work together with other organizes with other constituencies to get to this end goal that we all believe in? >> i think in the case of citizens more educated than it was before. so they push us. they wanted to have everything but we don't have the money to do everything at the same time. so we do different things which are the most important, and of course there are also about the eu, because eu offers defense mainly for the environment.
which is i think very positive and very important. so for example, we have probably one of the most modern waste water treatment plants. which was very costly because it was about $1 million, and was sponsored by the eu. so if you come to warsaw i can show you. it's modern, and the standard to be -- with the incinerator which uses the energy from the waste, so it's important for the environment. so we try to go to as i said to combine and to gather together business and also we would like to make an energy efficient buildings in our city, and housing. we arewe have now adopted buildg
standards first because we don't have the laws to enforce or government that can do it, enforce the private, which is not our own. i think what is also very important to preserve the green spaces in warsaw we have about 30% is green. so we are lucky from this point of view. when you can see from the plane at least one of the most green capital cities in this part of europe. and what is very important we have of course the river, and the other side of river, the so-called the right side. on the left side you have different things which you can use, it's i would say modernized
but it's completely green the other side of the river, and we can do jogging, people bike, whatever you do. so, this is very unusual. i remember one of the groups for how much money did you spend to keep it? and first we're lucky we didn't change it so we're very much -- so this is the way how we try to do it. and of course what is very important in our case is a measure at the beginning is that transportation is cheaper year after year, which is not the case in many countries because we invested a lot. but now we reduce the price of the tickets, and it's the same as they were with the water supply, i adjusted a lot of the rates for the citizens that they will pay now 14% less than last years. this is the way we manage it.
[applause] >> emily: we're out of time so winnie and kevin i want to give you the last word but keep it brief. how do you see collaborating with other constituencies to have the greatest impact? what do you see as the great opportunity? to collaborate and also have a great impact? >> winnie: i think the most important thing to do for us in civil society definitely is to challenge the economic model that has resulted in climate change. because climate change -- [applause] it's one symptom of a broken economy. extreme inequality is another symptom of a broken economy. we have an economy that does not that's obscures the cost of economic activity to the environment. and this -- the same economy
also hides the contributions of ordinary people particularly women, of caring for children, and caring for people, caring for the sick, that is also not counted in the economy. and we have an economy then that counts narrowly economic activity. leaves out the most important things like looking after environment, looking after people. i could say, blankly if i were to put it bluntly, that this economy trashes the environment and trashes people. ordinary people. especially women. so for us the most important thing will be to work with business people to look for alternative models that share value with ordinary people that rely less on fossil fuels, it will be to work with governments
and cities to look for ways to support orordinary poor vulnerable poom to adapt to climate change. it will be going on the streets and demonstrating people power so that politicians can organize our economies differently. so i hope you'll join us on this street, we're a t-shirt -- we also put on our t-shirts and go to that house, you know the one i mean. >> emily: kevin there's a challenge. >> kevin: if youic la at this problem on a global basis it can be so overwhelming it can become discouraging. if you look at this problem through your silo you can say what can i do. .
economics and government at the london school of economics, lord nicholas. ♪ my argument is simple. the transition to a zer the zero carbon economy is inclusive growth of the 21st century. let me explain. the world economy must grow over the next 15 to 20 years in order to overcome poverty. to avoid dangerous climate change that means implementing the paris agreement and permissions must peak as soon as possible and be cut by at least 30% of their life we risk halting and reversing economic development and forcing hundreds of millions of people to move with real risks of severe and extended conflict.
as it is clear we need a new type of growth that would reduce carbon and move to the net zero ambitions and we are in a hurry to establish the new type of growth because infrastructure will double in the next 15 years and the world economy will double in the next 20. we must not walk in old and dirty technologies. o the zero emissions a economy is the growth story of the century it is a statement in the case made in the review in 2006 and the cost of inaction exceeds the cost of action one of innovation in and growth and it is cities
we can move and breathe in ecosystems that are robust and fruitful. the report sets out what we must do in five key sectors. clean energy an from a smarter urban development, sustainable land-use, water management and the circular efficient economy. it can do for growth and the necessary emissions reductions. first, carbon and mandate carbon disclosure. second, accelerate investment in sustainable infrastructure. third, after private-sector innovation and forth, ensure the just transition with people at the center. the benefit of many including stronger growth and also 65 million jobs by 2030.
that is what inclusive means that delay is very dangerous. the new growth story is in our hands and it's time to act for leadership but to get global resultresults we know action hao happen from the ground up. that's the story of the summit and to look at this in more detail please welcome the director of the data-driven jail doctor angel. >> it's not just of the government clamoring for this. cities, states and regions and companies are setting their site just as high and even higher.
many have pledged to limit their missions to support the goal of the paris agreement. add it all together into the latest finding shows that the city, state, region and company pledges are leading to the measurable missions reduction in the order of 1.5 to 2.2 gigatons of equivalent over at the national government policies in 2030. this is roughly equivalent to double the candidates yearly total emissions. but they can't just deliver on those goals alone. we need everyone working together in cities, states and regions alongside countries. reaching the full potential of the reduction is possible if all of these actors achieve their goals across all sectors. global emissions could fall by one third and 23 putting the paris agreement goal closer and reach particularly in the land-use and non- energy sectors, there's so much untapped potential that we could harness. the next step is to enlist the
full support and national government. every one of us has a place to make these commitments a reality. thank you. [applause] ♪ >> as you just heard a climate change presents not only a threat, but an opportunity to invigorate the societies and economies on a global scale, as we've seen proof of the critical role that states and regions and cities and businesses and investors that citizens would all play into push for a client state future. now in the next segment we are going to hear about some of the areas where progress is being made and to kick us off let's
hear from a special guest. this guest is a hero on the silver screen and also in the fight against climate change. >> the reason for this is very simple. the legislature is number one in california. the governor of california was signing sb 100 all of you are heroes fighting for the cleaner environment. i love that i cannot be with you. what you're doing is not science fiction. i only play a hero but you are the true action hero's speed to [applause]
and our thanks to arnold schwarzenegger. there are lots of ways to be a hero in the fight against climate change and one is driving the transition away from fossil fuel. coal has powered the world but now there are cleaner and healthier to provide a energy for the country and the world. here is a case in point, an interesting case in point. last year, the kentucky coal mining museum did something unexpected. a switch to solar power not for political reasons but to save money. if we take the right steps, we will hear more stories like this in the years to come. the alliance is working to ensure that we do hear many of these stories. the alliance represents over 50 countries, regions and businesses to move beyond fossil fuel for good and now it's my pleasure to introduce some of the people working to power that
goal, catherine mckenna the canadian minister of environment and climate change and the uk special representative for climate change bridges. [applause] ♪ >> good morning, ladies and gentlemen. around the world, we have burned more than 5 tons of coal every year. every time release is over 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide which gets trapped in the atmosphere warming the planet. burning core releases chemicals that cause asthma and
cardiovascular disease. it is twice as acidic as vinegar and causes over 800,000 premature deaths worldwide every year. recognizing these impacts and empowering the cold alliance is creating efficien a vision and y forward beyond coal in the australian capital territory with the climate change and sustainability, we are providing examples of moving beyond coal. we are on track to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2020 in just 18 months time. we are positive that the switch to renewables can have it now -- have been now. [applause] >> i am pleased to announce the capital territory along with nine other additional jurisdictions joining the alliance. i would like to particularly ignite the climate leadership of canada and the united kingdom to the development of these
alliances to a place, the mission of the alliance is to replace the coal power and in partnership with bloomberg philanthropies we are developing case studies and best practices to guide the transition into bringing together governments, businesses and other partners to help the organizations accelerate the change. i'm excited to announce the new members of the coalition, connecticut, hawaii, new york state, minnesota, the billerica islands and the cities of honolulu and los angeles. givegive them all a big round of applause. [applause] as we work together to end our reliance on coal power, we can reduce emissions, improve public health and create jobs all at
the same time. and in many parts of the world including australia, now the chamber to build a new wind or solar farm and to build a coal-fired power plant. we can help to pursue these opportunities and create a more vibrant and sustainable economy. and now, let's take a look at how we are going to do it. ♪ renewable energy is cost competitive to cold so there is no reason to be using it. we want to see the renewable future making sure that the rate increases between now and 2030. tourism is a huge industry and the initial flow on in the visibility and because one of the main attractions we have to figure out ways to shut down a plant that are the key to the
power grid. that's my job. all of those in the infrastructure in the last four years have been very significant. >> we have headed the company and we will let you sell the product. 2020 they will be less effective and in 2025. >> to be able to have a glide path in the community to get ready for that eventual shutdown to provide $55 million in transition from in three categories, energy efficiency, community and economic development and clean energy technologies. >> it can be a win-win for we are reducing the air pollution.
afl-cio, richard trumka. i want to thank you for inviting me to say a few words on behalf of the 12.5 million working men and women who believe. they want to do members of the afl-cio. i'm a coal miner by trade. actually a third-generation coal miner by trade. that might seem unusual at a summit like this but i learned something about science and the mind when the boss told us to ignore the deadly hazards of the job of that timber overhead
signs told us the truth and today again science tells us the truth climate change threatens our jobs and economy and that's why it supports comprehensive actions to fight climate change. that's why we support -- [applause] the progress on the vehicle tailpipe standards and why we passed the strong climate resolution at the last convention and that's why we continue to support the paris agreement. so, make no mistake this is a tough issue for us, but in the labor movement, we are used to tough issues and hard choices. we are prepared to do the right
thing for our people and planet and we know that it can and must be about investing in a more inclusive and more just future and about creating jobs and good lives for working families. so i ask each one of you does your plan for fighting climate change ask more from a sick retired coal miner than it does from you or your family? if it does, then you need to think again. climate strategies that lead coalminer is pension funds bankrupt and powerplant workers unemployed and construction workers making less than they do now, plans that devastate
communities today while offering community promises about the future they are more of an unjust. they fundamentally undermine the power of the political coalition needed to address the climate crisis. [applause] >> our enemies use these plans to divide us. they point to them to feed the politics of division and fear that threaten our entire democracy. and i understand that many are frustrated in the case of action on climate change, but simply demanding that plans in the industry and product are stopped or shutdown with no plans for the people put out of work, no
call for shared sacrifice and no dialogue or solidarity with those third and on carbon based fuel, that poisons the political will and slows down meaningful action like climate change. it's not good enough to simply call for the end to the carbon emissions. we have a responsibility to think thoughtfully and strategically about how to actually make that change. as a labor movement, we are ready to move faster. so what does that require? it requires people like you and people like me sitting down to figure out how we fund and invest in technology and workers and communities that can build a
sustainable economy of broadly shared prosperity. [applause] california is shoving us the way. under governor brown's leadership, unions and employers and government have come together to fight climate change and create good jobs by attaching labor standards to climate policies. and right here in california oil country, there've been over 4,000 megawatts worth of new clean energy projects in the last two decades. with the union benefits it's made possible if the workers
compensation laws combined with strong collective bargaining agreement helps keep our efforts healthy and safe in the entire process. that's what it looks like for climate change and good jobs. this is a remarkable time for collective action. more are coming together for a voice on the job. it's in a 15 year high and we are just getting started. in that fight against climate change let's get the job done
and giv do it the right way. thank you very much. [applause] not only did it impact people's lives, it impacted the entire environment around them. it happens very quickly to an entire community and that is an experience that we just don't want to see going on around the country and around the world. climate change is here and happening and it's real. all we have to do is look around at the weather phenomenon that we are constantly setting records across the globe.
the hottest days, hottest average temperatures it's impacting all of us and it's hard to imagine a dimension of human climate change that doesn't touch. it deepens poverty, threatens our food and water supply, tears people from their homes and makes large parts of the world uninhabitable. if you care about climate change, you have to care about health and if you cared about health you have to care about climate change. as a pediatrician my job is to not only take care of the children i've seen in a practice but also to advocate for a healthy environment for the children i'm taking care of. the health effects of climate change disproportionately affect children, people of color, people living in poverty, the elderly, people with chronic disease and climate change worsens the health outcomes caused the climate change in the populations as well.
i. to treat the individual patients and support healthy communities into a healthier planet. >> the opportunity of creating public-private partnerships and it's the synergy that i think will help us to get at this problem and work on it together towards a resolution. >> i believ believe it's our poy makers and the public are able to understand better the climate changes in urgent health issue we might be able to get to where we need to be as a society. we need to take steps because this is impacting all of our health. not everybody cares about energy or climate change, but everybody cares about health. it's personal. climate change is fundamentally a global health issue.
it's all about health and to advocate on behalf of all peop people. [applause] >> please welcome the chairman and ceo kaiser permanente bernard j. tyson. ♪ >> it is an honor and a privilege to be here and spend a few minutes with you. i would like to start by saying on behalf of kaiser permanente was a privilege it is to be a part of working with many others to solve something in this world. i also want to say to the guests
that are not from this area whether you work outside of california or the united states while you are in san francisco should something happen, you welcome kaiser permanente. [laughter] [applause] we are very clear of the organization that there is an intersection between the environment and kaiser permanente is very focused on what we call total health to mind, the body and the spirit. we also know there are circumstances that affect a person's health. how you eat, how you sleep, how you manage stress. those are some examples. we also are aware how the environment directly affects a person's health and that is the
intersection of which kaiser permanente is involved. we believe that we can make a difference in the climate. we believe that we can help others deal with the effects of climate changes that are going on. we know from our work and from the studies, we know from the heat maps but when these natural disasters have an effec having e health of individuals. it affect affect the breathing e lungs, it affects parts of the body. so we are committed to being part of the solution. earlier this week, we announced that we have put additional agreements in place to achieve our commitment of being carbon
neutral by the end of 2020. [applause] it was recommended that i wait until today to make that announcement that i wa but i wao excited, so we did that monday and now i have to repeat it to you. each and every one of us can make a difference. kaiser permanente is demonstrating that carried we have over 75 million square feet of space around the united states, in which we provide care and coverage and total health. so, it is possible and we are on our way with our wind farms and solar and a battery system. we believe that we can achieve this end we are above 30% towards that carbon neutrality goal. ..
and now our chairman and ceo. [applause] it's great to be here welcome to san francisco everybody having a good time? good morning everybody to all of the cochairs and those around the world i'm happy to join the people of our city to welcome you here to our incredible hometown i hope you're having a good time. [applause] all of us in san francisco we are deeply honored to be your partner in this historic gathering. were here today because climate change impacts every
country and every community and every human being because the worst effects of climate change whereby the poorest and most vulnerable among us. and this is a matter of quality of justice and we are here with these commitments made in paris and it's a great summit it's not enough or still not on track to meet these targets and soon the impact of climate can be irreversible. this is a make or break moment why we are here and have to do much more. that is so big and so multidimensional to be any one person or scientific community alone.
all of us must work together we have to do this in the multi- stakeholder way with those stakeholder dialogue just like this and we all need to come together in one grand coalition this is critical for our future with the tremendous resources at our disposal i truly believe that the businesses, companies like mine can be one of the greatest platforms for change. including against climate change. i am excited because we have an extraordinary opportunity with amazing technologies of this resolution that surrounds us big data and artificial intelligence with incredible
assignments of the bioscience and in the fight for a healthier planet and i want to challenge people like me and ceos and the united states around the world to recognize and that business to improve your state of the world and the business of business to make the world a better place. and the challenge for you to see taking action on climate changes competitive advantage customers and investors and employees and stakeholders and then with the lead on sustainability. that transforms the world and is transforming the world and
it us also must we harnessed to save our planet. and then to harness these technologies to accomplish your goals of each and every one of us has to go further and every ceo has to step up. and many, many times to live here in california or san francisco i can tell you i'm so passionate about our environment and see those incredible changes that is happening the health of societies that are deeply linked but today our oceans and society are threatened by overfishing, pollution, climate change yet look what is possible when we bring our stakeholders together.
look at the world economic forum in geneva switzerland the network of researchers and businesses. and for the very first time or the ocean research center right here in santa barbara. and with the solutions to the problems. and all the way from amsterdam. and with the great patch. with incredible people in technology and entrepreneurs taking risks and looking for new ideas and concepts and look at the new research
expedition. that we are in partnership with our good friend. from our senator to help us better protect our oceans. and for entrepreneurs and looking for new ways it is possible to bring all the stakeholders together. but every organization and company has to step up as well. now you all know and i know the decarbonization of our economy sector by sector, this is critical for our future i'm excited to announce the sales force is partnering with mission 2022 have an alliance
of 21 major technology companies just like us to harness the power to reduce emissions across all the economic sectors. we are calling at the step up declaration because we are stepping up the commitments to reach a climate turning point and we want all of you and every company to join us. let me be specific already being powered by 100 percent renewable energy already when no sustainable business - - buildings in the world is supposed to be an example using new technology in fact, all of our offices build after 2020 will meet the high standards and we need every company to fully embrace all of these practices. today we operate as a net zero
company today we operate with net zero greenhouse gas emissions delivering a clean environment for all customers worldwide. and we need every company in our industry to commit now to having net zero just as we submitted. [applause] just as we have committed to be 100 percent renewable by 2022 we want every company to go with us to be 100 percent renewable. we can do it. it's all right in front of us. all we have to do is decide now is the time. today salesforce is also announcing we will establish new science -based initiatives even further to encourage our suppliers and partners because every business has the opportunity to motivate across
the entire supply chain. every company can motivate across there entire ecosystem. we all have that leverage you have seen us use that going to indiana using our economic might to change the laws with discrimination against the lgbt q community we can use that same power to change those laws in favor of this new and incredible world we are seeking. every employee has to step up we have always embraced our model with 1 percent of equity and time 1 percent of our product many of those ngos and nonprofits that are here included some of the great ones that we all know like the sierra club or greenpeace to run their operations, that is
so meaningful to us because for over 20 years there were hundreds of millions of dollars of nonprofits and ngos we provided technology for free to over 30000 nonprofits and ngos because every employee gets seven paid-- off per year to volunteer they've also given more than 3 million hours for their worthy causes including earth force giving time and energy and technology capabilities to fight climate change every single day. understand this because every company can join our pledge 1 percent movement and have the power within them to help create climate change so how will we do that? we will get all of the employees focused on healing our planet every company can give paid time off to volunteer every company can have a workforce to give their
time to help the environment this is help us to truly step up this is how we rise for this moment this is how we have this transformation this is how we colonize the entire economy part of this coalition not only take action ourselves but inspire all nations to act as well so on behalf of everyone at salesforce we are excited to be a partner and inspired by the difference we can meet together to build cleaner and health are your for generations to come welcome to san francisco thank you governor brown for the summit and let's have an amazing event. thank you very much. [applause]
. >> we heard from remarkable innovators in business and industry even those from every field to health care to the workplace in the marketplace. by the way downstairs you will find even more examples of this kind of exciting and innovative progress in the showcase downstairs. the private sector doesn't have a monopoly on innovation all around the world we see government step up to provide solutions and push forward with bold ideas on climate let's hear now from some of those leaders. >> and now please join me to welcome the minister of fiji. [applause]
. >> good morning to you. your excellencies and ladies and gentlemen, i would like to speak today to the leaders in the room and around the world. we are not on track of the paris agreement. that is why this is so important these are held around the world having thousands of good ideas with valuable information that can put us back on track. yesterday we had a very productive meeting here in san francisco with representatives of government and civil society truly part of that grand vision we are harnessing
and also the way of stories it is and just talk and the stories that we heard that have taken place around the world they are tools that could be used by political leaders for climate action at the national level. the stories of what is happening in cities and boardrooms and places of worship and local communities provide with what we need to increase ambition. this speaks of the urgency for action but also shows us a world of possibility with new innovations and solutions. one of the ironic truths of
climate change we want everything to stay the same the more we have to change the degradation of our oceans and global effects of warming and extreme weather will rob us of community and culture but there are ways to help shape our own destiny we need to raise the hope and my fellow leaders i can only say this, your elected to lead not to follow let's marshal our forces and moved to the front because as we say in the military you cannot lead from the we are. ask yourself if i could solve this climate crisis not risk
policy businesses in cities and together we have the ambition to reduce by 50 percent our greenhouse gases. that is a huge challenge and that means we are transitioning in our economy. we are innovating our industry and reforming our energy supply closing down coal-fired power plants before 2030 building the world's largest offshore wind farm with zero emission from 2030. and we will talk about all this with one point missing. this world will have 10 billion people and they will be using a lot of resources. so talk about climate change beyond the energy question
that is why the netherlands is committing to having every use by 2030 we want to be a completely separate economy by 2050 and no waste economy. [cheers and applause] that reuses all materials. making new concrete from old concrete and new plastics from old plastics the netherlands is very much committed to delivering. one year ago we committed and that is why i'm very happy to be here today to tell you what we are committed to do. thank you so much. [applause] . >> thank you very much to be
held accountable for 20 percent of total emissions hence they are supporting a government activities by supporting energy efficiency and carbon capture and with those initiatives. for that essential infrastructure to move parts and raw materials and goods around the world to and from countrie countries, together the shipping industry is for a significant amount of greenhouse gases with the profile of a country like germany. so the board has decided to take action and we are pleased to today to announce the launch of the global climate action program to collaborate around the world to have a
coalition to address climate change issues with the maritime sector and i'm pleased to confirm louisiana and vancouver and barcelona have joined so far. [applause] we will focus our efforts on increasing the efficiency of the supply chain we will increase the uptake of renewables from shore to ship facilities and enable further development and to decolonize all imports and we wish you collaborate with the legislatures to come up with global or regional appropriate aspirational policies and registrations we are reaching
out to other ports to join our effort and we believe with the shipping industry to join us we can truly make a difference and make it happen. thank you very much. [applause] . >> please welcome the minister for climate action. [applause] . >> your excellencies and distinguished guests and ladies and gentlemen, taking emissions to the next level i would like to provide to be building blocks the first is commitment to step up and with
that paris agreement and with their own future and liberty to complete that mechanism so domestically and to bring clean energy and already in the carbon emissions we are also deeply committed and to step up with their support worldwide. that brings me to my second point we have to meet that challenge together we have little to enhance the corporation and i am convinced that the literacy report from
the european union can have these opportunities we are going to step up for a cap and trade last year we committed to hold regular dialogue for our markets and we wouldn't have this corroboration including investments that we would also work with others at national levels to develop and implement and then also looking at the community but china and with that carbon pressure issue but the 3 million it is a clear vision of the future and for all of
our economies so right now we are developing a strategy we have promised to present on the strategy before the united nations climate summit in poland we will give the strategy to bring the carbon footprint by 2050 to make the economy more competitive and resilient and modern to show an example how it can be achieved together social and economic data we hope the election with their own long-term plans so this summit shows of everyone working together so to present that climate challenge and then by moving forward together.
thank you very much. [applause] . >> good morning. thank you for your kind introduction and for your tremendous leadership for the country and the media and the world is an honor to be here with so many of you this morning to join in welcome so many global leaders to san francisco into the golden state of california. we are proud of our tradition to be a hotbed of bipartisan environmental fervor a place where john mure established the sierra club in 1892 and other bay area leaders established the league of conservation voters.
to combat global warming is not an issue but an ethic and a value and integrity that we act upon that value. [applause] but when i was speaker the priority of global warming affairs that was my pledge so based on those values and informed by science, science science science and spurred by the work of vice president al gore wheeze bird energy independence and global warming despite what is happening in washington now i am ever hopeful. because then working with republicans signed at the time by president bush to chart a new path for clean energy increasing the use of renewables to hold leaders accountable from environmental
disasters and then we went on to pass the waxman markey energy security house in the one - - act in the house but we were stop in the senate by the coal industry for this and other reasons i am so grateful to berg with the coal initiative working with the sierra club that is so essential. [applause] as californians we are exceptionally proud of governor jerry brown. [applause] and his brilliant strategy and a champion to preserve the planet for future generations. decades ago he recognized early that we collectively
the land is a gift from god, a sacred place with which they need to interact if they are to maintain an identity and values and we must also engage our young people because the future and this planet's future belongs to them. [applause] this is a tough issue for maloney also in the united states of america. michael bloomberg to bring forward michael bloomberg he understands the public sector, private sector and nonprofit sector and how to harness the power of all three to drive progress.
as the un special envoy for climate action, he had the efforts of government, business and civil society to set ambitious targets and then to meet them. as the mayor of new york he advanced initiatives to slic sle admissionslice amissions and thd standard for the nation. as a business leader, he appreciates the power of private capital to come back to the global climate crisis as a philanthropist the generosity has been a magnet for other philanthropists to inform the public of what the climate crisis means to them in their lives. he's building public support for action and bringing the crisis to the forefront of the national and global conversation. this is very important because that means something into the future or esoteric but the fact
is the clean water our children and grandchildren breathe and drink. in closing i wanted to recognize governor brown who said california by 2045. we are so blessed with our cochairs i also want to acknowledge the extraordinary leadership across all sectors in our society. thank you michael bloomberg. what's important to many things the mayor has been one of the most important things that you connect this issue to people and then to see the connection of this value as thick in their lives.
so we are going to give you a preview of paris to pittsburgh let's watch the clip. thank you all very much. [applause] the united states will withdraw from the climate accord i was represented t debate could elecd to represent. hispanic is a stereotype of the past. they were ready to leave in the 21st century. >> for the companies and individuals saying we are still in even with the president pulling us out. we are going to come together to deal with climate change. the sea level rise is apparent.
stuff that was in the garage and i remember that in louisiana now. >> it starts becoming stronger. >> if we are going to avoid reaching catastrophic levels we need to be putting our foot on the renewable energy acceleration it's the greatest economic opportunity in the 21st century. >> businesses lined up to say we are still committing to the paris accords because it is good for their bottom line.
>> this is in opportunity for a long time. >> an >> and democrats, independents, you had a role to play this as us taking control of our future. we have the right to a future. our lives are at stake is. welcome to united nations secretary-general's special envoy for climate action, founder of bloomberg
coming and nancy for her leadership in the good work on this issue over the years and i hope you all enjoy the trailer for the film progressed to pittsburgh it will air on the national geographic channel and december so mark your calendars and i think it will be just as popular. i also want to thank governor brown for bringing us together in a city and state leaders on climate change that's something we also saw a new york city. we created a record number of jobs reducing the carbon
footprint we appreciate the distance many of you traveled to be here today if. they were talking about the summit last year after the trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the climate agreement. obviously neither of us were happy about that to say the least. it's a global challenge and washington ought to be beating from the front. we also knew many people around the world would conclude america was walking away from climate action. nothing could be further from the truth and that is the message of this film and why we are here today. we want america to know we are determined more than ever to make progress on climate and we are making progress right now, a lot of progress in fact just as much under this administration as we did under the last.
[inaudible] give them a second. let them have their say you with no trading the headlines that we are making progress because the headline focuses on the political fights in washington but the good news is those groups are positioning the united states to uphold your end of the paris agreement no matter what happens in washington. the fact is in the united states, the decisions that have been the most influential over greenhouse gas emissions are not made by the federal government. these decisions are made by mayors and governors and corporate executives and
individuals for their own homes to deliver cheaper energy, clean air and healthier lives. they are made by citizens who want to breathe in the fresh air and clean water that otherwise would make them sick. because of all these groups over the last decade that u.s. has cut its carbon emissions by more than any other large nation in the world. with no help from washington whatsoever, the u.s u.s. admisss fell to their lowest levels in 25 years you are part of the reason that happen to. it's been written in the communities across america and it's a story that doesn't get
old enough. let me give you one example. over the last six years more than half of the power plants would be closed to out of 530. they are continuing at the same rate despite the effort to prop up the industry with subsidies. washington isn't in charge of america's energy production. consumers are and the new technology is delivering exactly what they want your cheaper and cleaner than coal. it they can't stop the decline of coal and can't keep america from fulfilling the commitments
made in paris. there were thousands of cities, states and businesses, universities and others that reaffirmed their support for the paris agreement. the support is being supported by america's pledge. america's pledge aggregates the climate actions being taken by the groups that declared their support of the paris agreement. this is the size of the group in perspective that represents more than half of the u.s. populati population. if it were a country it would have the third-largest economy behind only china and the overall united states. in other words, if washington drops out of the paris agreement, a group of americans committed to it would represent more economic might and any other country still in the agreement other than china.
[applause] it wasn't only about commitments but it was also about accountability we are upholding that end of the deal as well. well. begun making the emissions and reporting back to the united nations just like any other nation is doing in the paris agreement. we submitted our first report at the last climate conference in germany. this morning we released the latest report and announced some very encouraging news. the report which is based on the data collected and analyzed shows the united states is nearly halfway to the goal of cutting emissions by 26% by the year 2025 and it outlines the steps that the public private organizations can take to help poor countries reached that mark. every day we are getting closer.
just want to give you a few examples. indianapolis has cut emissions by 17% through actions like changing the thousands of street lights. georgetown texas is running on nearly 100% clean energy and dozens of more cities are on the way. bloomberg is one of the many companies committed to reaching the same goal and we are on track to get there by 2025. in the meantime improving efficiency by 50%. a coalition of states with republican and democratic governors working together to build charging stations that doesn't mean what happens in washington isn't important. it is. we need more federal leadership and that's one reason i've gotten involved in this year's midterm elections.
i've never been a partisan guy, i've been independent and i know something about partisan politics but they've had years to take on the issue and they stuck their heads in the sand. we need a new direction in washington supporting democrats and their bid to takeover the house of representatives. [applause] they start taking this issue seriously. [applause] until they get leadershi we getn washington the report we are releasing cancer-causing blueprint for national climate action driven by the bottom up.
they are working to accelerate progress and another new coalition of the nonstate groups was launched in mexico just last month and we are hopeful that groups in more countries will embrace this approach in the months and years ahead the city's states and businesses are in that work we hope to harness the power of the groups and drive progress. we have a lot of work to do. this year the philanthropies challenged the 100 biggest u.s. cities to create ambitious proposals to cut emissions from the two biggest sources
transportation and buildings to get more energy from the clean forces and we are working to on the power plants. we can do better instead of the administration is inflicting harm on america. according to the epa estimates the new pollution rules that it just proposed would lead to at least 1400 more premature deaths each year. i doubt that those with a virgo into effect because of cities and states are fighting back just as they have in all of washington's attempt other
states are sending their own rules to reduce methane's from legally and gas obligations and cities all around the country are cutting the climate emissions through energy efficiency which brings the savings to residents. thank you for not giving up on us. we are going to get there and we are going to do it no matter what obstacles washington tries to throw our way. we look forward to seeing new efforts in for ships to keep us on the path to victory in the fight against climate change. [applause]
today we heard about climate impact and the hard-fought progress that's being made with the leadership of everybody here in this room we can continue to work to create an era where clean energy is the new normal. all of us benefit collectively making climate action a priority because when we pursue a clean energy economy, we can also provide people with pathways out of poverty and access to a better quality of life. i. to understand the connection between poverty and climate
change. we are focused on building an economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. all round of the high cost of living and low quality of life. all across the country they are poisoning the communities and think it's okay. it's not okay. it would we now understand the. [inaudible] we need to make sure that the solutions are aggressive and accelerating the clean energy future.
>> the air and the community we are standing in right now we have seen that it makes a huge difference. >> things like affordable housing and migrant farmworkers. put the kids on buses with a clean energy future and create jobs for people when it comes to pollution. having an impact in different ways. that is when my bill got extremely high. >> addressing poverty and pollution at the same time. let's build a more sustainable future with good drops, better
economy than you ever will with a pollution-based economy i want you to give a round of applause to the mayor from houston whose the minister of climate change from canada lets bring them all out. [applause] welcome to. first i want to say we don't have a lot of hope often in the world right now with all the
challenges. all of you in your roles are some of the most help generating leaders that we have and you are kind of crazy in that you are willing to not only take on the climate crisis but you are doing it from a business point of view if we want to hear how you are doing. we have your group is a $20.7 billion group. help me understand how you decided to be so charitable. in short you are losing money in this economy. you talk about all the money that you are losing. >> we are actually making money. how did this start?
i'm a newly minted grandfather so i do care about my grandson's future and it might come as shocking news that business people are human too. we have the same emotion. the interesting thing that i found this as we move from the heart and then governments get in the picture and nudge you to do things we found that everything we tried to boot up the planet what's the simply led lighting we said we should be in the solar power because it takes a stand on something and then someone creates a sober business and today we have the largest solar developer.
my message in the last few years has been this is not only about saving the planet, this is the biggest business opportunity in the next decade so if anybody wants to move away from climate change, leave the arena to us and see the planets converge we will get more mileage for ourselves. how do we get this and continue to make the businesses look for innovation? christiana spoke about that in the morning. so in january, to increase the number of companies that are going to connect to the science-based target basically or if you set targets that will allow you to align with the paris agreement target of limiting and if you do that you will be making progress together, so i issued a call and
i'm happy to say that since january there' has been a 39% ie and put up a sticker of 406 companies that have already signed up and it is 488 as we speak right now tha is undivided i want to congratulate all the companies in the world. combine the trillion dollars of market in these companies. [applause] >> you try to do it for charitable reasons and couldn't make any money you must go from corporate governance. you are rolling out of a pretty aggressive plan can you talk
about what you are trying to get it done in canada? >> would've the things we are doing is putting a price on pollution and the reason you need to do this is because it is not free. we are seeing huge impacts of climate change them if they rely on huge forest fires across the west of canada and we had extreme heat where people are dying and as i like to put it by not putting a cost on it you are passing on the biggest and best efforever for the future genera. i have three kids and we can do that. putting a price on pollution is important. recognizing that there is a cost. i am a politician and i have to
convince people that what we are doing makes sense. recognize that you can do both. having a cost on pollution is important because what it does is as businesses innovate they will find solutions and do exactly what they said, take advantage of the 23 trillion-dollar opportunity of clean growth and also we will do what we have to do, which we need to be serious at the climate action and lead sustainable action to our kids. >> that is a strong case. >> you are talking about making money and you are talking about innovation.
you also have a different way to talk about this issue. it's an aspirational company. >> thank you. good morning. thank you for having me. we have achieved a minus 73% reduction in operations. >> say that again i don't think people heard. >> since 2005 we have reduced the image and i 73%. [applause] we are the living proof that business growth and sustainability go hand-in-hand and that some think the question a lot of what we have to talk about it because it seems obvious that the danger isn't
sustainability but the consequences. how can we imagine that business in a world that is coming up if we do not work on another model. it sounds very often like a punishment i'm not being able to lead a sustainable world that is going to do what is necessary that is the world that we want to live in and i think we have to have a positive narrative and that is what we are trying to
do. we said when we work on our sustainability as aspirational it is as glamorous and desirable and this is the way that we mobilize the society more. >> use of the backstage something i haven't heard anybody say before. the scarcity versus prosperity mindset and that the? >> the scarcity for our clients, scarcity for our consumers. we are not going to be able to do business in a society that is going to be completely destroy destroyed.
the question is how can business still questioned this and how can we still talk about that sustainability good for busine business. >> to ge give a round of applau. we have a song in the united states which of these things is not like the other. you are the mayor of houston, a city in texas, the energy capital of the world. what is the mayor of houston texas doing? you got hit by a big storm. why are you so committed to these in texas? >> they believe climate change is real and even assign -- the
science. it is a part of the 40 cities and i also cochair along with the conference of mayors we believe in the agreement and as a result over 400 mayors and the united states have signed on that we are going to do everything we can to fulfill the paris agreement and if you don't lead at the top that includes places like houston texas and has faced 500 year floods in the last three years. it is clear it was a question about whether or not i was going to be able to make it to this conference forming in the gulf and it's not about whether it is a hurricane anymore. you can have a major rain event
just from a system that starts. harvey was a game changer. you learn the sustainability and recently in spokane in hand and you can be the energy capital of the world and at the same time recognize that we need to do a lot to address the climate change for the future not only of our city but others around the globe. so it is real. the city of houston is the number one municipality in the united states on the utilization of green energy, green power, 80% of our energy is when to cut 10% is solar we just sent to a power purchaser agreement and increased solar consumption from 30 megawatts to 50 and reduced the contracted price by 8% and
over 20 years we will be saving the city of houston $40 million. green powegreen power is energyd literally for communities that have been ignored and overlooked for decades we are transforming and revitalizing communities through the use of green energy into the same thing you can believe in climate change and making things happen. >> a round of applause for that. [applause] in the two minutes we have left i just want to come back to two because that seems like a pretty good sales pitch. you were up against opposition hell do you sel spell this messe in canada? >> you can't talk like an economist or somebody that's
fancy you have to talk like somebody getting their kids to activities and paying the bill so that's why we talk about how this is good for the middle class there will be economic opportunities they are selling solutions across the board but it's hard and one thing i would say we need the support of business leaders like this because transition takes time. making our way out is hard but a losing proposition is not supporting governments that are trying to do hard things. i have people who say what they are doing is wrong. we have business leaders saying of course this is an economic
opportunity. these are the jobs our kids have right now so we all have to come together and that's why i worked so hard with cities and provinces and stay going to meeting with here in the business is to bring people together because what you see is if you divide people, you will get nothing done. [applause] you have gone above and beyond, beyond and above and put your faith in the world and challenged people. why do you do that and what came of that issue? >> the challenge is what i spoke about to companies around the world to step up their commitment and as i told you i'm
delighted that since the 39% increase in the number of companies that have committed the rate of people signing up went from 13 to 18 and as i said it is now 488. one more commitment i would like to make because the challenge to people when we took on the challenge you were kind enough to say we were 20 billion come it's not big in america we employ 200,000 people who are probably listening now, and what i would like to do is use the platform you've given me to announce as far as the group is concerned in all of our 100 companies, i am committing on behalf of them we will be carvin digital ten years ahead of the agreement. [applause] that is called a mike dropped moment. you can't drive cars because they are stripped to our faces but i think he would have. give a round of applause.
thank you for being here. [applause] our next speaker is known in nearly every galaxy as an acting legend that he will be the first to tell you planet earth is the only home we have. i'm glad to introduce him as a tireless champion for conservation and outspoken climate change activist. please welcome the executive vice chair of conservation international and recent recipient of its prestigious founders award, harrison ford. [applause]
♪ >> thank you. thank you very much. thank you for being here. you are here, i'm here because we care. not just for today, but we care passionately for the future. we know that we only have the possibility of avoiding a looming climate catastrophe if people like us refuse to give up. conservation international has been working for 30 years to protect nature for people.
i've been on the board for over 20 years. we've done some good work in that time. working with others, many of whom are in this room today. we've accomplished a lot, but all of that is a risk if we don't change the path that we are on today. the future of humanity is at stake. while you were to meet the challenge of climate change, i beg of you don't forget nature, because today -- [applause] because today, the destruction of nature accounts for more global emissions than all the
cars and trucks in the world. we can put solar panels on every house intern every car into an electric vehicle, but as long as it burns, we will have failed. so long as the amazon great forest are slashed and burned, so long as the protected land of tribal people, indigenous people are allowed to be encroached upon, so long as wetlands are destroyed, our climate goals will remain out of reach and we will be out of time. if we don't stop the destruction of the natural world, nothing else will matter. why? is protecting and restoring forest, main growth, these huge
represent at least 30% of what needs to be done to avoid catastrophic warming. it is at this time the only feasible solution for absorbing climate on a global scale. simply put, if we don't protect nature, we can't protect ourselves. [applause] this is what we need to do. we need to include nature in every corporate, state and national climate goals, put in place the plans, the timetables to meet those goals, invest in tropical forests in the same way invested in renewable energy.
work two and the destruction of these ecosystems, commit t comme effort in the next decade to secure them for the future. pursue research in the reforestation likely pursue the carbon capture and storage. [applause] sets a goal to cut costs and increase sales dramatically. in over indigenous communities to use their knowledge, their history, their imaginations to save their heritage and their land. respect and ensure the rights. [applause] educate and even liked leaders who believe in science and
understand the importance of protecting nature. stop, for god sake, the denigration of science. stop giving power to people who don't believe in science or worse than that pretend they don't for their own self-interest. [applause] they know who they are. we know who they are. we are all rich or poor, powerful or powerless. we will all suffer the effects of climate change and ecosystem destruction, and we are facing what is quickly becoming the greatest moral crisis of our time, that those least responsible will bear the greatest costs. never forget who you are fighting for. it's a fisherman in colombia, the fishermen in somalia who
wonders where the next pitch is coming from and why the government can't protect them from a factory fishing from across the world. it's another in the philippines who is worried about the next big storm that's going to rip her infant out of her arms. it's the people right here in california, people on the east coast, people who are fleeing from unprecedented fires, people on the east coast facing the worst storms in recorded history. it's our own country and community, our own families. this is the core truth. if we are to survive on this planet, the only home any of us will ever know, for our climate, for our security, for our future, we need nature now more
than ever. [applause] because nature doesn't need people, people need nature. let's turn off our phone, roll up our sleeves and take this monster's ass. [applause] ♪ hi, everybody. i wish i could be with all of you. i want to take a minute to thank all of you. business leaders, scientists, teachers, inventors for all you are going to lead us forward on climate. with each year that goes by it is morismore intense and urgentw
of the future if the climate keeps changing faster than our efforts to address them. this summer was no different. it makes me think of something governor j. edward once said we are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change in the last generation that can do something about it that conviction is why i made it a priority when i was president and more than doubled production like wind and solar and reset the first ever standards to limit the amount of pollution to the power plants in the air our kids breathe. we change the way we consume energy in the cars and trucks we drive to the homes and businesses in which we live and work and at the same time, around the world working with china and in your into dozens of others to set the ambitious climate targets. those efforts led to the paris
agreement obviously the united states is the only country on earth that doesn't belong to the paris agreement that is a tough position to defend. that is up to all of us. presidents can set goals and god priorities but is it up to everyone else to do the work dok required to meet them. they are fighting climate change around the globe. every single passion idealistic young person they know there is such a thing as being too late and they are determined not to
let that happen. they are determined to build a better future. you are about to meet some of these young people right now and they should inspire you and spur you into action. thanks very much, everybody. now please join me in welcoming. ♪ thank you. we are here today because we cannot wait any longer. as the ones who are going to inherit this planet, we have the biggest stake in the fight. the most to gain and to lose a.
one of the young entrepreneurs we can find new solutions to. thank you. [applause] i come from bangladesh and its powerful and provides bounty but it can also take it away in an n instance like it did for so many people last year. i looked down at the crisscrossing in the sierra mountains. many narrow channels.
the landscape around them. the current political time was surrounded by unforgiving mountains and obstacles. if one path is blocked = other ways and cuts through mountains even when sometimes it can choose another way. we must be like the river there are many that we know the solutions and we know what we have to do. we need to reach the top of a single-minded determination.