Hunter Lovins discusses the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties (COP) for Climate Change.
The 28th COP is occurring late November through early December, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at which an estimated 50,000-70,000 people will be in attendance representing the world’s nation states along with hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). While collaborating with governmental officials and NGO leaders alike, Hunter will also co-host the Future Economy Forum in collaboration with NOW Partners and dozens of other organizations and organizational leaders in both the Blue (official UN/governmental) and Green (NGO) zones at COP.
Since the first COP in Berlin in 1995, our global community has convened most years in order to collaborate, innovate, and negotiate on climate change mitigation solutions and on addressing the (significant and increasing) social justice and humanitarian consequences of our already destabilizing climate. According to Hunter and thousands of other scientists and organizational leaders (including several who have been guests on our Y on Earth Community Podcast – see the sampling of related episodes below), there are two primary climate change mitigation strategies that need to be scaled-up globally: (1) the reduction and near-elimination of fossil fuel combustion, and (2) the wide-spread adoption of organic regenerative (soil-building, carbon-sequestering) agricultural practices (along with the implied cessation of conventional industrial/chemical agricultural practices).
In this timely episode, Hunter shares some of her insights, wisdom, hopes, frustrations, and provides a very real, on-the-ground view into the processes, proceedings, and “side serendipity” that occurs at the COP gatherings. She also shares her recently developed and articulated “Five Steps to Empowerment” in the context of the “poly-crises” that we face as a global community: (1) face reality, (2) have courage, (3) care for you and your people, (4) find your voice, and (5) find your power (see her “How I Combat Climate Despair” piece in the recent Climate and Capital Media blog). Recognizing that our Earth has amazing regenerative capacity, Hunter shares (despite the overwhelming challenges we’re facing) that we have the ability to stabilize our climate to pre-industrial levels of atmospheric carbon within the next 60-80 years by restoring and stewarding the world’s grasslands.
Hunter will be live-blogging at COP 28 – find her postings at Climate and Capital Media.
About Hunter Lovins
L. Hunter Lovins, Time Magazine’s Millennium Hero for the Planet, is a business professor, Founder and President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, a Managing Partner at NOW Partners, and co-author of The Way Out, A Finer Future, and the best-selling Natural Capitalism. Hunter consults corporations, governments and non-governmental organizations, and has taught at many universities.
Hunter has addressed major gatherings such as the World Economic Forum, the United States Congress, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and has participated in leadership roles in many of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP)