After four months of international collaboration among academics, business, civil society and citizens around the world, the COP26 Futures We Want project unveiled on Tuesday radiates hope for an achievable, beneficial, resilient and desirable global net-zero future for nations around the world the end.
Commissioned ahead of the UK’s COP presidency to bridge the gap between science and citizen insights through a series of virtual workshops, this global project brought together young people, indigenous and rural communities, civil society, business and industry from six regions the world together, using world-class research and evidence, to envision their priorities, hopes and wishes for their future.
The project involved communities from the UK, Kenya, Jamaica, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India to explore different perspectives and solutions to the day-to-day impacts of climate change such as power generation, agriculture, waste and water management, building design, reforestation and marine conservation.
Dr. Linda Nkatha, Lecturer, Department of Architecture and Building Science at the University of Nairobi, and Professor John Wesonga, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, led the gathering of evidence for solutions that enable climate resilient, Net zero future for Kenya.
Kenya’s vision is for solar powered drip irrigation systems, greater use of native plants, and health systems that can withstand climate change and remain accessible to all.
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Dr. Linda Nkatha Gichuyia, a professor at Nairobi University and a member of the Kenyan Committee of Experts, said the project provides an updated inventory of the latest scientific evidence and a compendium of actions by state and non-state actors to address climate change.
“The way in which the different cultures of science, politics and human service have been mixed together shows how achieving net zero and climate resilience is feasible worldwide. These visions, which were co-developed in the run-up to the COP26 conference in November, offer invaluable decision-making insights and implementable approaches to meet ambitious, far-sighted and integrative commitments for a fair net-zero and climate-resistant future. “
UK High Commissioner in Kenya Jane Marriott said: “As we prepare for COP26, the UK is supporting climate research and Kenya is one of our top partners – with 69 projects supported over the past five years. As part of the Futures we Want project, Kenyan scientists have researched solutions to help Kenya achieve a cleaner, greener future with jobs for all, through sustainable food and water supplies and improved healthcare.
COP 26 President-elect Alok Sharma said: “Science is clear, we must act now to put the world on a path to net zero emissions if we limit global warming and 1.5 ° C within reach.” want to hold. This means that all countries, companies and individuals have an important role to play.
“These visions of a Net Zero world, released today ahead of COP26, outline how transitioning to a climate resilient future can be a real opportunity to create new green jobs, build sustainable economies, and improve the health and quality of life of millions . “
These visions, presented at COP26, highlight achievable and desirable solutions to climate change and celebrate international collaboration, science and innovation to ensure these are at the heart of the November COP26 negotiations.
Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and champion of the Futures We Want project, said, “Science and innovation are powerful tools that we must use to support ambitious climate action while moving on to a desirable one global development work towards net zero future. International collaboration between scientists and governments is essential to achieve a just transition to a climate resilient future. “
As holders of this year’s G7 and COP26 presidencies, Tuesday’s launch builds on the government’s promise to lead both the UK and the nations of the world in supporting a just, global transition to a climate-resilient, net-zero future – one who have favourited the green light will unleash jobs, cleaner air and increased wealth without harming the planet and exacerbating the effects of climate change.
In just two months to the COP26 conference in Glasgow, the COP Presidency is committed to working with the world’s nations to build greener again, secure a global net zero and keep 1.5 degrees within reach.