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London launches its first ever climate action week

Taking place from 1-8 July, it will bring together the UK capital’s world-leading climate expertise and talent from across business, NGO and cultural sectors

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London is also staging the National Park City Festival
London is also staging the National Park City Festival

London will run its first ever climate action week with hundreds of events, activities and seminars taking place that will explore climate change solutions and promote green business development.

 

Climate Action week will take place from 1-8 July and bring together London’s world-leading climate expertise and talent from across business, NGO, and cultural sectors to run events focused on local, national and international climate action and solutions.

 

Confronting the climate emergency

 

London mayor Sadiq Khan is committed to taking action on the climate emergency London is facing and the capital was recently recognised by the Carbon Disclosure Project for leadership due to the Mayor’s 1.5C degree compatible plan and zero carbon targets.

 

Events will explore clean energy and energy efficiency, zero emission transport, adaptation and resilience, climate finance and investment, and campaigning for stronger legislation and engineering. From 19 July, the UK capital will also host the National Park City Festival, which entails 10 days of free fun events in celebration of London’s green spaces, wildlife habitats, green rooftops and waterways.

Climate Action week’s wide-ranging programme is intended to help bring together industry, government, campaigners and communities to discuss practical solutions to help cut our carbon emissions to keep global temperature increases within 1.5C degrees and support the Paris Agreement.

 

“I’m proud to introduce London’s first Climate Action Week bringing together people of all ages with business, cultural and political leaders to highlight our climate crisis and discuss solutions to it,” said Khan. “I’m doing everything in my power to address the climate emergency we are facing and help London achieve our zero carbon goals rapidly.

"I hope our Climate Action Week will help lobby Government to step up and take real action on the climate crisis"

“London is already leading the way in green finance and innovation and I’ve ensured London was one of the first global cities to publish a 1.5 degree compatible plan and put us on a pathway to zero carbon, but I want much more to happen, much faster. I hope our Climate Action Week will help lobby Government to step up and take real action on the climate crisis."

 

Key events include:

  • A Green Schools Summit bringing together 200 London school children with academics, climate scientists and politicians to discuss the climate crisis;
  • Sculptor Olafur Eliasson will lead a discussion at the Tate Modern exploring the potential of artists and art institutions to address global sustainability challenges and inspire change;
  • The City of London will host a Green Finance Summit with 900 businesses discussing ways to expand London’s green finance sector;
  • The Economist Climate Risk Summit will will bring together policy-makers, business leaders, scientists and investors to begin a conversation about how organisations around the world can understand and manage climate-related risks;
  • Creative Green Awards will recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Creative Green community and biggest commercial companies taking action on climate change;
  • Sainsbury’s Family Trust Divest/Invest Event will inform and inspire participants to accelerate political and financial efforts to move beyond fossil fuel supply and provide a platform for London institutions to make a Divest Invest announcement during the week.

For full details, go to Climate Action week, where organisers can upload their events here too.


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