Global Leaders Join Forces at Zero Emissions Summit During Climate Week NYC

Zero Emissions Summit

Global warming has exceeded 1.1 C or 1.3 if the Arctic areas are taken into account.

Sustainable Westchester, a non-profit consortium of 41 Westchester County local governments, co-hosted the Zero Emissions Summit on the Citizen’s Role for Mitigating Climate Change on September 21, 2017 at the Scandinavia House in Manhattan. The summit coincided with the UN General Assembly and provided a platform for international business, government, and civil society leaders to highlight and continue the momentum of driving global climate action forward.

The Zero Emissions Summit took place during Climate Week NYC, launched in 2009 as a collaborative space for climate-related events in support of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Co-organizers of the Zero Emissions Summit included Sustainable Westchester Inc., Scandinavia House, and Global Crisis Information Network, Inc., with the support of the UN Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), Stormwarning Association, the Climate Leadership Council in Finland and the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability in Brussels.

Based on recent studies conducted in Finland, which has a long tradition of promoting sustainable development through interaction and broad-based participation, the choices of citizens are crucial in achieving at least half of the necessary emission reductions. “Global warming has exceeded 1.1 C or 1.3 if the Arctic areas are taken into account,” said Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization. “Economic losses have increased 50-fold since the 1950’s. The recent hurricanes have broken single event records and the trend continues.”

Opening remarks were given by Chris Burdick, town supervisor for Bedford, N.Y. and chairman of the board for Sustainable Westchester, and Tapio Kanninen, president of co-host Global Crisis Information Network, Inc. “Citizen involvement is at the very heart of developing solutions and moving the needle. Every decision that citizens make matters,” said Burdick.

President Saul Niinistö of the Republic of Finland said, “Building a sustainable future is more important than ever. As…

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