Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 24 September round up
Today on Blue and Green Tomorrow, we took a look at the pledges and speeches made at the UN summit on climate change and Boris Johnson being awarded an award for reducing air quality in London.
In a video presented at the UN climate summit in New York and narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, the world’s leaders have been urged to take action to solve the challenges posed by climate change and use the opportunities it offers to create a sustainable future.
UK’s prime minister David Cameron said in a speech at the UN’s climate summit that the country is on track to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 but that businesses and the poorest countries need assistance in order to thrive in a low-carbon future.
China and the US have both pledged to lead action against climate change, with the former promising for the first time to set targets for greenhouse gas emission cuts.
At the UN climate summit taking place in New York on Tuesday, governments and businesses pledged to end deforestation by 2030. Backers of the declaration claim such action could save between 4.5 billion and 8.8 billion tonnes of carbon emissions each year.
The mayor of London Boris Johnson has won a prestigious award for efforts to improve air quality in the city through low-emission taxis and a new carbon accounting standard, but the prize has been criticised by the opposition and pressure groups that noted London is still far from having clean air.
Climate change is not about politics but about survival, said Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio in a speech to world and business leaders at the UN climate summit in New York on Tuesday.
The French government has pledged to give $1 billion (£610m) to help developing nations in their efforts to adapt to and prevent climate change.
A conference set to take place on Thursday in New York will debate the role of agriculture and food systems in sustainable development and aims to draw attention to the issues.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to develop a world leading green economy if his party wins the next general election.
Nkuku is a fairtrade and ethical company producing stylish and original gifts, accessorises, home and kitchen wares, following socially responsible principles.
Family farming in developing and developed countries and the role it plays for food security will be the central topic of Slow Food’s Salone del Gusto, which focuses on sustainable agriculture and food biodiversity and will take place in Italy in October.
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