The text below is the transcript from the WWF Event Highlights video.
Video Title: WWF Event Highlights
We must make working as one across different sectors, not just best practise but normal practise. What we are looking for in this challenge are collaborations that result in large and small organisations working together, unlikely allies that can get results or partnerships that generate a positive impact that stretches beyond these shores.
It’s all about how do we work together, because by working together we’ll all have much more success and deliver much more going forward. What we need has been emphasised already is innovative ways of working together to accelerate delivery on climate action.
To converse and collaboration is for me a key element, and what does it mean to collaborate in my point of view and how can we accelerate action toward the achievement of our objective. Climate change does not recognise organisational boundaries, it doesn’t recognise geographical boundaries, political boundaries. So, we have to get rid of these, we have to be taking forward solutions and that will involve collaboration between public sector organisations, between public and private sector.
Getting every organisation to commit to their own journey to net zero. So, of course that means setting a zero date whether it’s 2050 or 2045 or 2039. But most importantly, them being really specific about what they’re going to do in the next 5 years.
The collaborative approach we take to tackling the global emergency is reflected in our themes for COP26 being just transition and people and this coming year will be a critical time for action on climate and nature with 2020 marking 5 years since the Paris agreement. We must use the opportunity that this year offers, to make the most of the momentum we’ve built up as COP26 to go further as a nation.
We have a responsibility to bring other people with us in that journey and to give platforms to those whose voices aren’t always heard but are impacted upon greatest by climate change, and I hope that when we think about collaboration, we think about it not just in terms of delivering a project on the ground in Glasgow, or Edinburgh or Dundee or somewhere else, but also about collaboration between the North and the South.
We are inviting representatives from all sectors to take part and for there to be a diversity of actors. The challenge isn’t exclusive. We are looking for businesses, industry, local and national governments, academia, financial institutions and civil society, among many others. So please, do therefore ask yourself if you are a business that uses iterative and scalable resources at your disposable to make a difference. If you are a non profit, who wants to utilise your expertise and community connections and who is also committed to broader systemic change.
Maybe you are a philanthropist who is exploring funding unusual individual programmes or maybe you’re part of the government who sees that big picture and is looking to use government resource to combine programmes into initiatives that respond to climate change, and you need to not be given a choice, as Catherine said earlier.
How you can get involved in the challenge. First you can enter the challenge on our dedicated website, or you can find it through WWF platforms. We want you to go on to the website and tell us about your project and it’s aims, who’s involved, what stage the project is at and what carbon reductions you hope to achieve. We will then feature submitted projects online and on social media, or if need be, we will help you to make the connections you need.
Through the website you will also be able to access inspiring collaboration case studies and we will be adding more of these as time goes on. Second, if you are still looking for project partners or ideas, there will be upcoming opportunities to discuss climate action through collaboration. This will be a fantastic opportunity we hope to show how Scotland as a whole is playing its part in an accelerated response to climate change at all levels.