In a vital first step towards saving the polar bear which is severely threatened by the accelerating loss of summer sea ice due to climate change, the five nations signatory to the international Polar Bear Conservation Treaty agreed that the future of the polar bear is closely linked to urgent global action on climate change.
The next steps will be to feed this into climate treaty discussions in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009 and push for Arctic management policies to be based on resilience.
This is equivalent to the annual emissions of Switzerland. WWF works with the 21 companies that have joined the programme to date, including household names such as Nike, Nokia and Sony to achieve aggressive emission reductions against a credible baseline.
The companies report their efforts achieve greater operational efficiency and significant cost reductions, while growing their business.
Leading international experts in climate change, forestry and finance came together in the Forest Carbon Finance Summit in March 2009, in collaboration with Harvard and Duke University, to identify how to mobilize funding to protect forests, including an effective carbon market.
On 28 March 2009 at 20:30 local time, Earth Hour swept across the planet, reaching out to a billion people.
Hundreds of millions of people in 88 countries across 4,000 towns and cities, and including 20,000 companies and 1,000 iconic landmarks such as the Giza Pyramids, Eiffel Tower, Acropolis, Christ the Redeemer in Rio, and the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing participated in Earth Hour by switching lights off for one hour.
This uniquely powerful action urged governments to agree an effective global climate deal at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009. Earth Hour will now continue to mobilize public support for urgent action on climate change, through the Vote Earth campaign.
He underlined the need for a global climate deal when the world’s leaders meet in Copenhagen. “We need an ambitious agreement that is fair and effective. An agreement based on sound science,” he said.
“We are on a dangerous path. Our planet is warming, we must change our ways. We need green growth that benefits all communities. We need sustainable energy for a more climate-friendly, prosperous world. This is the path of the future. We must walk it together.”