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Science, Solutions, Solidarity

For a livable planet

Five ways to jump-start the renewable energy transition

UN Secretary-General outlines five critical actions – on technology, materials, policies, subsidies, and investments – the world needs to prioritize now to transform energy systems and speed up the global shift to renewable energy “because without renewables, there can be no future.”

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What is renewable energy?

Why shift to renewable energy?

Rampant disinformation is delaying climate action

Climate disinformation is shared widely online, seeking to sow division and delay climate action. We need to fight back and flood the feeds with reliable, accurate information, writes UN Under-Secretary-General Melissa Fleming.

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Protecting the world’s biodiversity

Ahead of the International Day for Biodiversity on 22 May, Elizabeth Mrema, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, speaks about the interlinkages between climate change and biodiversity loss.

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Realizing Africa’s sustainable energy future

Without international support, African countries will not be able to expand energy access to all and still reach their climate goals,” warn UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael Bloomberg and head of Sustainable Energy for All Damilola Ogunbiyi in an op-ed.

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Losing the ground beneath our feet

Climate change and desertification are interconnected, and their impact on communities are devastating. The UN Development Programme looks at efforts to reverse land degradation during the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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We must end fossil fuel pollution and accelerate the renewable energy transition, before we incinerate our only home.”

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Hindou Ibrahim: Living in harmony with nature

“Indigenous peoples are a solution, we are not only a victim of the climate change,” says SDG Advocate and Indigenous rights activists Hindou Ibrahim, talking about the indispensable role that indigenous communities play in protecting life on our planet.

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Thought Leaders: World's leading thinkers on climate change

Show the world what climate action looks like

Starting this Earth Day, join #MyClimateAction - a special photo and video competition by Agora in support of the UN’s ActNow campaign to showcase creative actions and solutions, and inspire others!

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Only One Earth

UN Environment Programme launches new campaign, Only One Earth, ahead of World Environment Day (5 June), calling for collective, transformative global action to celebrate, protect and restore our planet.

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Posters for Climate Action

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What is climate change?

Our climate 101 offers a quick take on the how and why of climate change.

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Climate action fast facts

Explore how climate intersects with issues from food to energy to jobs.

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Climate leaders

Interviews capture the latest thinking on climate talks, science and action.

Latest News

African cities: ‘Green’ buses in fight against pollution

Through decarbonizing the transport sector and transitioning to cleaner buses, African cities can reduce environmental damage and health risks while delivering a more reliable and speedy transport system to their growing urban populations.

Jamaica: A lightbulb moment

Transitioning to solar power, hospitals in Jamaica switch to energy-efficient LED lightbulbs – ultimately improving energy access and reducing the country’s reliance on imported energy from fossil fuels.

Yemen: protecting Socotra’s dwindling biodiversity

Local communities in the tiny Yemeni archipelago of Socotra, called the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean,” take action to protect their island’s remarkable terrestrial and marine biodiversity.

Events

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is the world’s foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk, including from climate change, and building the resilience of communities and nations. It is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and offers a chance for governments, UN system and all stakeholders to recommit, with urgency, to accelerate progress on disaster risk reduction towards the achievement of sustainable development.

 

Stockholm+50

Fifty years after the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, which for the first time made the environment a pressing global issue, the UN General Assembly is convening “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity” to tackle the triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution and waste, nature and biodiversity loss. 

World Environment Day

Led by the UN Environment Programme and held annually since 1974, World Environment Day this year is devoted to #OnlyOneEarth, calling for collective and transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet.

 

Climate action starting now

Everyone has a role in climate action. At the United Nations, we are calling on people everywhere to work together to solve climate challenges and realize the commitments of the 2015 Paris Agreement. This website keeps up with actions taken by governments, businesses, civil society, youth and more in every part of the world.

It’s our planet, and while we know it is in crisis, we also know that solutions are in reach. Progress is already well underway, from more green energy to more secure food supplies. And the benefits are clear as well, such as green jobs, clean air and sounder economies. A more sustainable, prosperous world is in reach. Join us in taking action to claim it, starting now.

 

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