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ChangeNOW – International summit for change | ChangeNOW – Global gathering for positive impact

ChangeNOW – International summit for change | ChangeNOW – Global gathering for positive impact

WHEN: 30.1.2020- 1.2.2020
WHERE: Paris, Grand Palais 




ChangeNOW is all about concrete actions and innovations: climate change, end of plastic pollution, new forms of agriculture, new models of education, solutions to the refugee crisis, clean energy, sustainable cities, … and other solutions to our most urgent global issues.

A transformational experience with:
  • 13,500 m² dedicated to solutions 

  • 3 stages for impact entrepreneurs and leaders

  • 5,000 meetings and networking opportunities

  • 50 mayors and international city representatives

  • And a full program of partnering events throughout Paris, by day and by night, dedicated to Positive Impact : a job fair, a film festival, a Sustainable Fashion event, investors dinners… and much more!


Be The Change: Life on Land

Be The Change: Life on Land

WHEN: 20 Jan – 24 Jan 2020

WHERE: Sangam World Centre, India

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call of action to achieve 17 key Goals by the year 2030. This event will allow you to learn and share with others from around the world as you focus on Sustainable Development Goal Number 15: Life on Land.

You will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the work that Sangam’s Community Partners are doing to work towards this Goal and explore Leadership and Advocacy in WAGGGS so that you can BE THE CHANGE in your Community! Take part in this exciting event with others from around the world and experience international friendship in one of the WAGGGS World Centres. Learn about the traditions of an ancient yet changing India. Gain confidence as you discover the colourful city of Pune, through visits to its diverse sites.

This is a Sangam Leadership event.

Ages: All Age

Cost: £420 GBP


The most effective way to tackle climate change? Plant 1 trillion trees

The most effective way to tackle climate change? Plant 1 trillion trees


London (CNN)What’s low-tech, sustainable and possibly the most effective thing we can do to fight climate change? Planting trees. A trillion of them.


Tom Crowther is a climate change ecologist at Swiss university ETH Zurich. Four years ago he found there are about 3 trillion trees already on earth — much higher than NASA’s previous estimate of 400 billion. Now, his team of researchers has calculated there is enough room on the planet for an additional 1.2 trillion — and that planting them would have huge benefits in terms of absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change.
“The amount of carbon that we can restore if we plant 1.2 trillion trees, or at least allow those trees to grow, would be way higher than the next best climate change solution,” Crowther told CNN.

Global tree density, calculated by Crowther's team. Existing forests are shown in green, potential forests are yellow.


Because his research is currently under review for publication in the journal Science, he says he can’t share exact figures of how much extra CO2 could be stored by those trees. But he points to numbers from Project Drawdown — a non-profit that ranks climate solutions by the amount of CO2 they could remove from the atmosphere. Its number one ranked solution — managing the release of HFC greenhouse gases from fridges and air conditioners — could reduce atmospheric CO2 by 90 billion tons. Crowther says planting 1.2 trillion trees would give a reduction “way above” that figure.
To put that in context, global CO2 emissions are around 37 billion tons per year.

Can it be done?

But while there may be space for a trillion new trees, is it actually practical to plant that number?
One organization that thinks so is youth-led Plant for the Planet (PFTP), which is running the “Trillion Tree” campaign to do just that.
Set up as the “Billion Tree” campaign by the UN in 2006, it was later handed over to PFTP, which has upped its planting ambitions in response to Crowther’s work.

Felix Finkbeiner founded Plant for the Planet in 2007, when he was just nine years old. He is now a PhD student at Tom Crowther's lab at ETH Zurich. He's pictured at an award ceremony in 2015.

It has already planted nearly 15 billion trees, with the help of various governments, including India’s, which has planted more than 2 billion trees as part of the initiative.
“I think a trillion trees is achievable,” says PFTP chairman Sagar Aryal. “It’s not that we don’t have enough money in the world — maybe governments alone can’t do enough but if we work together with the private sector we can do it.”

The right location

Crowther is a scientific adviser to Plant for the Planet, providing them with information on the best places to restore trees. He says all the locations identified by his team are on degraded land, rather than agricultural or urban areas.
“These are places where farms have been abandoned, or where there’s been deforestation and it’s been left,” he explains.
To successfully fight climate change, it’s vital that the right land is restored. For example, in parts of northern Europe, planting more trees could reduce the heat and light reflected from snowy ground, and actually increase global warming.

A chemically deforested area of the Amazon caused by illegal mining in southeast Peru,  February 2019.


Joseph Veldman, of the department of ecosystem science and management at Texas A&M University, told CNN that although reforestation can play a role in carbon sequestration, “There is no doubt that super-aggressive tree planting efforts that are not done with consideration of the historic ecosystem will be a bad investment.”
He says some previous reforestation projects have targeted grasslands and savannah ecosystems that already play an important role in storing carbon.
Such schemes often plant exotic trees, like pine and eucalyptus, which are very flammable and also valuable as timber and pulp, he says. As a result, the carbon they store above ground can be lost to wildfires or logging.
Crowther agrees wholeheartedly. “All the models that previously existed about where forest can be restored disregard whether they should,” he said. “We don’t just model the forest, we also model grasslands and shrublands and piece them all together to reveal what should be where.”

Growing in popularity

Tree planting is no quick climate fix. It can take 30 to 40 years of growth for the carbon storage to reach its full potential. A more immediate benefit can come from halting deforestation, says Crowther, which costs our planet around 15 billion trees each year.
But although tree planting on such a colossal scale faces significant challenges (not least identifying who owns the land in question, and securing the rights to plant and maintain trees there), widespread efforts are already underway.
The Australian government has announced it will plant 1 billion trees by 2030; work is underway on a “Great Green Wall” to stop the spread of the Sahara by restoring 100 million hectares of degraded land (and sequester 250 million tons of carbon), and China’s anti-desertification program, also known as the “Great Green Wall,” has planted more than 50 billion trees since the 1970s. The UN-endorsed Bonn Challenge aims to reforest 350 million hectares of degraded land globally by 2030.

Africa's Great Green Wall aims to slow down desertification.


Crowther says he was once skeptical about the benefits of tree planting, but has now changed his mind.
“Climate change is seen as such an immense and complicated issue — it feels like it’s seen as someone else’s problem, someone else is dealing with it or not dealing with it, and no one has a simple message for how to go about tackling it,” he says.
“I’d like to try and champion this as a solution that everyone can get involved in. If all the millions of people who went on climate marches in recent weeks got involved in tree planting the impact would be huge.”
25th UN Climate Change Conference – COP25

25th UN Climate Change Conference – COP25

WHEN: 02.December – 13.December 2019
WHERE: Santiago, Chile


The whole world is living a process of transformation towards a truly sustainable development. Raising the levels of ambition with a balance between mitigation and adaptation is essential. For this purpose, we need the participation of both the States and local governments, and the private sector.

The COP must encourage concrete climate action, ensuring an inclusive process for all parties and the formal integration of the scientific world and the private sector.

Our challenge is to achieve a transition towards increased action and that is perceived by the general public. Climate change is a reality now, not in 50 years’ time.


Link to COP25 website…



Environment Minister, Carolina Schmidt, is a Commercial Engineer graduated at Chile’s Pontificia Universidad Católica. During President Sebastián Piñera’s first period (2010 – 2014), she served as Minister of the National Women’s Service and Minister of Education.

In August 2018, she became Minister of Environment with a clear purpose: the only way to achieve sustainable development is with care and respect for the environment.

She has a cross-cutting message: climate action and economic development do not move along separate tracks; on the contrary, it implies that the way to achieve a real sustainable development is the protection of the environment; in order to achieve this, adaptation and mitigation to climate change are essential.

“Because the Ocean”: Report discusses climate action measures focussed on oceans

Last September 25th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest special report, which emphasized the need to act urgently to prioritize opportune, ambitious and coordinated initiatives to bring about lasting changes in oceans and the cryosphere.

Almost three quarters of our planet is covered by oceans, and around 10% of continental landmass is covered by glaciers and ice caps. Today the Because the Ocean initiative published a new report called Ocean for Climate, focused exclusively on the ocean-related elements of the IPCC report.

The great importance of the relation between oceans and the climate led governments to sign the first Because the Ocean declaration in 2015, during COP21. Since then, the Because the Ocean initiative has continued to highlight the oceans-climate connection, encouraging ocean protection as a means of mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Ocean for Climate focuses on the implications of activities undertaken at sea: those that can contribute to mitigation efforts in a safe and sustainable way, and those that can commit to increasing ocean resilience.

The ideas forwarded in this publication are born from a series of workshops organized by Because the Ocean since 2016, focused on what should and should not be done in ocean-related climate action.

The five central discussion points proposed by the report are: encouraging natural carbon sequestration by coastal ecosystems; developing a range of sustainable ocean-based renewable energy solutions; promoting adaptation and resilience solutions for vulnerable populations, ecosystems and ecosystem services threatened by climate change; implementing hybrid solutions supporting both adaptation and mitigation in the fisheries and aquaculture sector; and solutions in the shipping sector.

Download the full Ocean for Climate report by “Because the Ocean”

See all details about this event here…

Business Leaders for Climate Action

Business Leaders for Climate Action

About BLCA

Business Leaders for Climate Action is a network of forward thinking businesses, associations, and industry leaders calling for Massachusetts to put a price on carbon.

Carbon pricing is quickly becoming “the new normal” across the country and the globe. In the US, 17 states either already have campaigns underway to put a price on carbon or are initiating them. Massachusetts has a tradition of leadership on major issues from abolition to women’s suffrage to healthcare. We can make history again by demonstrating that this innovative policy will not only reduce emissions but also improve our economy. Our leadership will help move policy forward in other states and at the federal level, showcasing Massachusetts at the forefront.

BLCA welcomes all businesses to our network to join the conversation, participate in monthly calls, and receive periodic updates on our campaign. Click here to connect with us.



Tackling climate change is the greatest challenge and the greatest economic opportunity of our generation.

Business Leaders for Climate Action is ready to take on this opportunity. Economists, politicians, and business leaders from all sides of the aisle agree that an economy-wide carbon price is the most efficient and cost-effective tool to achieve significant emissions reductions while ensuring a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy. Pricing carbon will harness the power of the market, encouraging clean energy and efficiency, spurring innovation and stimulating economic growth.

The Economic Success of British Columbia’s Carbon Pricing Policy