Business leaders, policymakers and UN officials tell us why the care about combatting climate change and why you should too.

Helen Clark of the UN Development Programme explains why governments, the private sector and civil society must act now.

The longer you delay action, the more expensive it becomes.

Mark Boling of the Southwestern Energy Company shares his view on climate change.

“It’s a story of a challenge for all the human race to get involved in and do something about.”

Durwood Zaelke, president and founder of the Institute of Governance & Sustainable Development.

“If we don’t find an efficient and fast way to start solving it, we will pay a price that we simply cannot afford.”

Dr. Nural Quadir of the Government of Bangladesh tells us why we must address the climate change in order to help the developing countries.

“Not only me, my country people as well, they care for environment.”

Michel Jarraud of the World Meteorological Organization urges us to take action now in order to minimize the impact of climate change on future generations.

“If we don’t act on climate change it means that we are sort of living at the expense of what we shall leave to our children.”

Watch the World Bank’s Rachel Kyte explain why she cares about climate change and share her hopes for the UN Climate Summit that will take place on 23 September in New York.

“The cost of inaction is much higher than the cost of action to build low-carbon and more resilient development.”

Romina Picolotti, President of the Fundación Cedha (Center for Human Rights and Environment) explains why we can’t afford not to care about climate change.

“My message is: Do whatever you can, small or big, to help us fight against climate change!”

Kandeh Yumkella of the UN Secretary-General’s Initiative Sustainable Energy for All tells us why he tries to create awareness that we have to address the energy needs of developing countries.

“The countries that pollute the least will suffer the most on the business-as-usual scenario.”

The CEO of Climate Advisers Nigel Purvis explains why halting deforestation is one of the steps we should pursue today to fight climate change.

“The benefits of action overwhelm any possible cost.”

Joan Clos, the director of UN Habitat, explains why urbanization should be considered in the dialogue on climate change.

“Good urbanization can be a really positive preventor of climate change.”

Brendan Guy of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) tells us why he looks forward to the UN Climate Summit that will take place on 23 September in New York.

“I care about climate change because it affects every single issue that we care about: health, economy, education, our children”

The World Resources Institute’s Dr. Andrew Steer explains why he cares about climate change and why the UN Climate Summit on 23 September in New York might have a transformative effect.

“If we act on climate change we actually will have more productivity, we’ll have better health and the world will be altogether better.”

The Nature Conservancy’s Andrew Deutz explains why he cares about climate change and how it presents an opportunity to make the world a better place.

“Climate change is perhaps the greatest long-term threat to biodiversity conservation but it’s also perhaps the greatest social justice challenge of the 21st century.”

Jennifer Morgan from The World Resources Institute explains how she tries to give a voice to those who are not represented in the political processes.

“So these things that people want to do anyway, I think there is a greater realization that they can have the benefits and the quality of life that they want and tackle climate change at the same time.” 

David Nabarro, the UN Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition stresses the impact climate change has on the livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people.

“Inaction on climate change will greatly increase the numbers of people who are hungry and malnourished in our world. Therefore we must act now.”

The founder of Avoided Deforestation Partners, Jeffrey Horowitz, explains how everyone can contribute to limit climate change.

“If we can stop deforestation we can find a scalable solution to climate change and we can use that as a way of bridging the gap between what it takes to do other changes in our behavior.”

Helena Molin Valdes, Head of Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat at the UN Environment Programme, explains what immediate actions we could take now and how the discussion about climate change has changed.

“Climate change touches upon all ways of live today and it’s gonna be worse tomorrow if we don’t do anything today.”

Michael Jacobs, Senior Advisor of IDDRI, explains his optimism for the future in spite of climate change.

 

 

“Acting on it brings us all kinds of good things. It brings us jobs, livelihoods and profits.”