Climate Neutral Now is an initiative launched by the United Nations’ Climate Change Secretariat a year ago. The platform is promoting climate action by all stakeholders, not only governments, to measure the greenhouse gas emissions, to report, and reduce them as much as possible. The event was attended by FIFA’s Secretary General, Ms. Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, and Mr. David Nabarro, UN Special Adviser on Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, representing the Secretary General of the United Nations, as well the Senior Director of Strategy from the UNFCCC secretariat.
Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, will be convening a high level event in New York on September 21, 2016 for world leaders to deposit their instruments of ratification or to commit publicly to joining the agreement of Climate Neutral Now this year. In 2015, Ban Ki Moon called on UN agencies, funds, and programs to lead by example and become climate neutral by 2020. “Today, nearly every United Nations entity measures its climate footprint and is taking actions to reduce it. 23 United Nations organizations are already fully climate neutral,” Ban Ki Moon said in an address delivered by Mr. David Nabarro.
Ms. Samoura commented on FIFA’s commitment to climate neutrality stating,
“As an international organization, FIFA takes this responsibility seriously and will set a good example to others, blessing sustainability at the heart of everything we do. We aim to inspire great awareness of standard and best practices in sustainability, not only with regard to the FIFA World Cup, that is as you know watched by one billion people for the final session, so what a great tool to really raise awareness among young people.”
Climate neutrality is not about zero emissions, but about reducing current emissions to the point where we reach the ultimate balance between emissions and the absorptive capacity of the Earth.
To live in a climate neutral world:
- Measure your climate footprint
- Reduce your emissions as much as possible
- Offset what you cannot reduce with UN certified emission reductions
First, in order to really understand your effect on climate change, measure your carbon footprint using this online calculator. Once you realize your impact on the world, identify areas where you can reduce these emissions. Offset what you cannot reduce with UN Certified Emission Reductions by contributing to the climate change battle when buying offsets online from CDM projects.
Watch the webcast of the full event here!