As an actor he pretends for a living. He plays fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. Sound bites of Leonardo di Caprio’s eloquent opening to the UN’s Climate Week were viewed all over the globe:
"I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.”
Di Caprio’s pleas at Climate Week had colossal press, but fewer people know what governments then pledged at Climate Week. Ten of the most impressive pledges for the future health of the planet and humanity are summed up here.
Many impressive announcements on deforestation, climate-smart agriculture, and carbon pricing were made. Many new coalitions were launched, with leaders committing to limiting global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. What is more the agreements paved the way for a successful global climate deal, which will be decided next December in Paris.
The key outcomes include:
- 73 national governments and more than 1,000 businesses and investors showed support for pricing carbon. Together, these leaders represent 52% of global GDP, 54% of global greenhouse gas emissions and almost half of the world’s population.
- EU countries pledged to reduce emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
- A large-scale commitment to double the rate of global energy efficiency by 2030 by improvements to vehicle fuel efficiency, lighting, appliances, buildings and district energy was launched.
- The insurance industry promised to double low carbon investments to US$84 billion by the end of 2015.
- A new coalition of leaders will mobilize over US$200 billion for financing low carbon and climate-resilient development.
The U.N. Climate Summit was an important prelude to the Conference of Parties that will take place in Paris in December 2015, when key players will negotiate on a new climate agreement. Many of the largest food retailers and agricultural brands or producers have stepped up and made significant no-deforestation pledges. Twenty-four leading global producers of palm oil as well as commodities traders committed to contribute to the goal of zero net deforestation by 2020 and to work with Governments, private sector partners and indigenous peoples to ensure a sustainable supply chain.