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The climate fight’s next turning point

Global carbon dioxide emissions must reach a turning point to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century, but progress will have to be accelerated

By Patricia Espinosa and Anne Hidalgo

All relevant stakeholders need to strengthen their climate commitments. To launch that process, the Global Climate Action Summit and its partners have issued a wide array of challenges, including zero-waste goals in cities and a target of 500 companies adopting science-based initiatives to accelerate the uptake of zero-emission vehicles.

Such efforts would not just protect our environment; they would also boost our economies. A recent report by the New Climate Economy suggests that, in transportation alone, a low-carbon transition would create 23 million jobs worldwide annually.

Perhaps more important, a show of climate-action ambition from leaders across sectors would likely inspire national governments to increase their own nationally determined contributions ahead of this December’s UN Climate Change Conference in Poland, where governments would finalize the implementation guidelines of the Paris agreement.

Acting alone can be difficult. Acting in concert can inspire and enable all participants to do more. If we are to leave a healthy planet to future generations, more is what we need.

Patricia Espinosa is executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; Anne Hidalgo is mayor of Paris and chair of C40 Cities.

Copyright: Project Syndicate

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