World Leaders Reach for Climate Adaptation Strategies

Latest News 2021-01-26

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, January 26, 2021 (ENS) – As Earth’s climate heats up, a new international coalition is forming to tackle the impacts of global climate change, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday. Johnson was speaking at the virtual Netherlands-hosted Climate Adaptation Summit <>- the first global summit focused solely on adaptation and resilience.

The two-day virtual Climate Adaptation Summit brought many of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitting countries together to tackle climate issues. Jan. 25, 2021 (Photo courtesy CAS 2021)

The Climate Adaptation Summit, linked with the annual World Economic Forum that opened in Davos, Switzerland on Monday, concentrated on finding solutions to adapt to the effects of climate change, such as more frequent and damaging hurricanes and typhoons, extreme rainfall, drought, heat, wildfires, extinctions, melting glaciers and rising sea levels.

Addressing world leaders, Prime Minister Johnson launched the Adaptation Action Coalition, developed by the UK in partnership with Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands, Saint Lucia, and the United Nations.

The new coalition intends to help developed and developing countries alike share their knowledge and best practices on local, regional and global solutions for dealing with climate change.

“It is undeniable that climate change is already upon us and is already devastating lives and economies. We must adapt to our changing climate, and we must do so now,” Johnson said.

“I’ll be making the need for a resilient recovery a priority of the UK’s G7 presidency this year,” the Prime Minister said.

“To make sure we get not just warm words but real change,” he said, “I am today launching an all-new Adaptation Action Coalition to set the agenda ahead of COP26.”

The UN’s 26th annual climate summit, COP26, was originally scheduled for last autumn but was postponed due to the pandemic.

“Let’s work together to adapt, to become more resilient, and to save lives and livelihoods all around the world,” Johnson said.

Emma Howard Boyd, who chairs the UK’s Environment Agency and serves as UK Commissioner to the Global Commission, focused on ways that cities can invest in nature-based solutions to tackle the impact of climate change.

“Today’s summit follows significant flooding across the country last week. We know that the climate emergency is bringing more intense rainfall events, which is why local communities are vital in the response,” she said.

“Last week, flood defences protected tens of thousands of people in England from record river levels during Storm Christoph. Investments in flood protections help economic development and also improve health and wellbeing by enhancing green and blue spaces,” said Boyd.

“The Environment Agency, government, and local partners have a lot of expertise to share with the world, and we also have a lot to learn. The international collaboration, as championed by this coalition, is vital,” Boyd maintained.

Resource:Environment News Service/WPZOOM