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What climate action should look like

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Climate action is imperative. Faced with a global energy crisis, recurrent weather shocks, and increasing food insecurity worldwide, it is time to mobilize governments, businesses, and capital to help communities address climate change and unleash solutions for people and the planet. اضافة اعلان

The current climate reality is terrifying and must propel us to act. Solutions are already here, it is a matter of galvanizing the will to implement; we need to understand that acting to address climate change is inevitable, and in the best interest of all global economies.

Climate Action 2.0 is straightforward and timely: action, rather than words; actions that are commensurate with the problem and that remove barriers to empowerment and prosperity for people.

Climate Action 2.0 must address climate change, and in doing so, also tackle the immediate challenges that we face today.  

Time has run out for solving problems in isolation. At the global level, leaders need to move beyond sectoral approaches, and seek cross-sectoral, integrated solutions. It is something most governments — let alone industries — are not very good at, and that will take new and unusual partnerships to happen.

The lack of urgency concerning financing climate action today, and the failure of previous climate summits to agree on the promised investment for climate mitigation and adaptation spurred us to call for Climate Action 2.0. 

There are examples of Climate Action 2.0. Norges Bank Investment Management NBIM announced in September its climate plans for a Climate Action 2.0 strategy. Acting with urgency, and with its $1.3 trillion in assets, the fund announced its comprehensive 2025 climate action plan for all companies in its portfolio.
… innovative climate solutions create real opportunities for people affected by climate change.
Another example of Climate Action 2.0 flourishes in the Jordanian desert near Aqaba. Under the desert sun, the Sahara Forest Project harnesses abundant solar energy and desalinates the waters of the Red Sea to grow vegetables in the desert. Recognized in the latest IPCC report on the mitigation of climate change, this regenerative agriculture concept holds the promise of turning the Jordanian desert green and the Sinai Peninsula and North African deserts into major food producers. 

The Sahara Forest Project empowers Jordanian women engineers, giving them training opportunities in a country where women university graduates struggle to find relevant work in their field despite high academic achievement. The project also works with UNHCR to train people fleeing the conflict in Syria.

In both cases, this Climate Action 2.0 demonstrates how innovative climate solutions create real opportunities for people affected by climate change. 

The Bellona Foundation and Pathfinder are currently working together on Climate Action 2.0 to take work like the Sahara Forest Project to scale. Action at scale integrating climate resiliency, food security and women’s economic empowerment can occur at COP27. In fact, it must.

It would be unconscionable for the global community to meet in Egypt — where the encroaching desert presents a climate danger to the people who live on the margin — and leave without taking decisive action.

Pathfinder’s decades in Egypt tell us that if the global community does not act, women are left to give birth, raise children, and try to provide for their families in the harshest of circumstances. 

The Bellona Foundation and Pathfinder are in Egypt for the UN Climate Summit COP27, and will share how their unique partnerships will harness the power of women in Africa to meet the dramatic climate challenges they face every single day.


Frederic Hauge is the founder of Sahara Forest Project in Jordan and president of The Bellona Foundation. Lois Quam is the CEO of Pathfinder. 


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