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Mission 2020

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New initiative: Mission 2020 – Mom advocates for turning point

 

In 2020 I am going to have my bachelor degree (if everything goes projected). 2020 is close. Not even the city of Utrecht aims to be climate neutral already then, but in 2030. And they are now getting hesitative with their aim, as they believe is it too ambitious.

But there is a new ambitious initiative. Maybe you have heard the name Christiana Figueres before? She was called the mother of the Paris Agreement. At the end of this article, I put the song “Climate queen”, which the NGOs sung for her at her last conference, together with a funny video.

Shooting for 1.5 - Picture taken from Luja von Köckritz

Christiana has been the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC (United Nation Framework Convention of Climate Change) – ouh always these super long abbreviations… She left the office in July 2016 and is now on the floor again with:

Mission 2020

What is Mission 2020? They say it is necessary, desirable and achievable.

You want to go more in depth? Mission 2020 explain their statements in detail here:
http://www.mission2020.global/2020%20The%20Climate%20Turning%20Point.pdf

 

Necessary:

Prof Stocker, tells us why we cannot keep the most ambitious mitigation target, like limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, otherwise become unachievable.

“Both delay and insufficient mitigation efforts shut the door on limiting global mean warming permanently. The year 2020 is crucial for the definition of global ambitions on emission reductions. If CO2 emissions continue to rise beyond that date, the most ambitious mitigation goals will become unachievable.” (Proof Thomas Stocker, Physics, University of Bern IPCC, Co-Chair 2008-2015)

 

Desirable:

Graph from mission2020.global

We all know that there is no alternative to change our lifestyle – but that is not negative! We can embrace the change and enjoy its co-benefits.

Graph from mission2020.global

Mission 2020 is positive to achieve their aim as breakthrough actions are already happening. Renewables are falling in price and its capacity is increased through better batteries. Businesses started deforestation and cities understood that a resource efficient infrastructure is beneficial for them.

You want to go more in depth? Mission 2020 explain their statements in detail here:
http://www.mission2020.global/2020%20The%20Climate%20Turning%20Point.pdf

So, let’s go out and start creating!

You can start by getting to know more about Mission 2020 & the 2020 opportunity:

http://www.mission2020.global/about/

http://www.climatenetwork.org/sites/default/files/eco_10_apa1_sb44_english.pdf
(conference intern newspaper ECO)

http://www.energylivenews.com/2017/04/11/former-un-climate-chief-sets-ambitions-pre-2020-in-new-campaign/
(introduction of Mission 2020 in news)

Video - Climate Queen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR2sgLCr8zI

To sing along here is the text:

Climate Queen (a homage to Christiana Figueres)
Lyrics by Alden Meyer (with apologies to ABBA)

You can dance, you can jive, having the job of your life
See that woman, watch her lead, diggin' the Climate Queen.

Denmark and the mood is low
Climate hopes have taken a blow
We had to come together, to get back in the swing
You came in to give us that zing.

Cancun was the next year's stop
You and Patricia made it hop
Impossible is not a fact, as you made clear
It's an attitude, based on fear
Your spirit made us cheer.

You are the Climate Queen, best there's been, you reign supreme
Climate Queen, moving us to a future clean.
You can dance, you can jive, having the job of your life
See that woman, watch her lead, diggin' the Climate Queen.

Then in Paris, the game was on
You made sure the job was done
Fighting for ambition, a future for our kids
You made us raise our bids
We are so glad you did.

You are the Climate Queen, best there's been, you reign supreme
Climate Queen, moving us to a future clean.
You can dance, you can jive, having the job of your life
See that woman, watch her lead, diggin' the Climate Queen.


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