Last July 5, World Environment Day, the United Nations officially launched, “Race to Zero”, a global campaign in the lead-up to COP26 to mobilize leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, and investors towards a resilient Zero Carbon recovery, with the aim of creating decent jobs, unlock an inclusive and sustainable growth and reduce the risk of future shocks. All committed to the same prevailing goal: achieving net zero emissions by 2050 at the very latest.
What’s the objective of Race to Zero?
The goal of the Race to Zero is to drive a shift to a decarbonised economy before COP26, where governments must strengthen their commitments to the Paris Agreement. This will send governments a strong signal that we are all united to meet the Paris goals and create a more inclusive and resilient economy.
Why there is a need to stand up for a Zero Carbon recovery?
It is vital that climate action is seen as an essential component of a successful economic recovery, rather than opposed to it. Without this, support and momentum for climate action will be halted as the world prioritizes economic recovery.
As the world seeks to “recover better” from COVID-19, the argument for prioritizing measures that are consistent with net zero emission trajectories is now overwhelming.
Today, we have the opportunity to emerge from this emergency with a global economic restart. Ensuring the health and prosperity of people and the planet is possible if we make bold decisions today so that future generations can survive and thrive in a better world.
Until we reach global Net Zero, the climate problem will continue to worsen. The later until we reach Net Zero, the more climate damage will be done to ecosystems and society. If we achieve Net Zero quickly, we will limit the amount of climate damage we cause and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that we will need to remove from the atmosphere.
Race to Zero is the race toward a healthy, rugged carbon-free future that leaves no one behind. The Time is Now.