Another environmental summit. Another admonition to get our act together:
The three-day General Assembly debate on climate changed wrapped up yesterday with the body’s President issuing a call for increased global partnerships to tackle the issue.
The event – entitled “Addressing Climate Change: The United Nations and the World at WorkA” – was held at UN Headquarters in New York and included addresses by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; panels featuring media, government and business leaders; and plenary meetings featuring 115 delegates.
What is evident is “that the actions necessary to address climate change are so intertwined that they can only be tackled through combined efforts,” Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said in his closing remarks to the debate.
But despite the importance of partnerships, he underscored that individuals can also make a difference in the battle against global warming.
“Small contributions add up,” Mr. Kerim pointed out. “Many of our speakers made the case that we can all make a difference through simple changes to our daily behaviour.”
He also spotlighted the link between addressing climate change and sustainable development, nothing the need for the creation of low-carbon economies which can in turn promote growth.
With all the talks about corporate and government responsibility, it is easy to forget where the problem starts, and the role we can play as individual citizens. This is more fuel for the idea I have been pushing, of a national advertising campaign for climate fight, to make citizens more aware and to persuade them to change their behaviors.