After an at-times emotional first day of the summit Friday, in which panelists from around the globe made the undeniable case that climate change is a humanitarian crisis, speakers on Day 2 focused on accountability, called for action and suggested that a human rights framing is precisely what’s needed to spark action.
On the second day of the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit, keynote speaker and former Irish President Mary Robinson took the stage to get people riled up and excited about making change on the climate change front through women-led efforts, such as Project Dandelion.
From groundbreaking research to community engagement to optimizing their own operations, universities are positioned to play a leading role in addressing the human rights crisis of climate change–both globally and locally.
Nearly 4,000 people from 90 countries convened at CU Boulder, either virtually or in-person Friday, for a day-long, candid exploration of something speakers contend isn’t talked about enough: how climate change impacts people’s lives right now.
Speaking to the packed room on her birthday, Sheila Watt-Cloutier quipped that when many people living in the United States think about the Arctic, their minds go to a hallmark of capitalism: soda commercials—the ones where polar bears frolic with seals on the ice.
Mitigating climate change by significantly reducing carbon emissions this decade will require big transitions in all sectors, from energy and transportation to construction and industry. But significant reductions in global emissions are possible, experts say.