Collective Responsibility in Achieving Net Zero

Collective Responsibility in Achieving Net Zero

Elena Doms

15 years: Climate Advisor and Advocate

In this video, Elena explains how governments, corporations, and individuals can collectively work towards achieving a 1.5 degrees pathway and make a positive impact in the fight against climate change.

In this video, Elena explains how governments, corporations, and individuals can collectively work towards achieving a 1.5 degrees pathway and make a positive impact in the fight against climate change.

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Collective Responsibility in Achieving Net Zero

9 mins 35 secs

Overview

To reduce emissions, companies can start by measuring their emissions and setting net-zero targets, and then taking action to reduce their emissions through existing solutions and technologies. They can also work with their supply chain and partner ecosystem to achieve a net-zero transition for society as a whole. Governments play a key role in this transition by setting clear 1.5 degree plans, removing fossil fuel subsidies, creating legislation that supports net-zero transition, and focusing on the well-being of citizens. Individuals can talk about climate change, educate themselves, reduce consumption, adopt a proactive attitude in their work, support NGOs working on nature protection and restoration, and make personal choices such as a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car-free, and having smaller families.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand what corporates can do to help stay on a 1.5 degrees pathway

  • Understand what governments can do to help stay on a 1.5 degrees pathway

  • Understand what individuals can do to help stay on a 1.5 degrees pathway

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Summary

What can governments do to help us reach a 1.5 degrees pathway?

Governments can help us reach a 1.5 degrees pathway by setting clear 1.5 degree plans with intermediate targets and following them, removing fossil fuel subsidies, and transitioning to renewable energy. 

They can also create legislation that supports net-zero transition, focus on the well-being of citizens instead of infinite economic growth, and strengthen climate education to nudge people towards sustainable choices. 

Protecting and restoring nature is crucial, as it absorbs carbon and provides economic value through food, climate, and health. Governments can work together with other countries to speed up the net-zero transition, lobby for net-zero internationally, and support countries most vulnerable to climate change.

What can corporates do to help us reach a 1.5 degrees pathway?

To help reach a 1.5 degrees pathway, companies can start by calculating their emissions, setting net-zero targets, and taking action to reduce emissions through existing solutions and technologies. 

Providing services instead of products, designing products for circularity, investing in low-emissions technologies, and transitioning energy production and use to renewable sources are some examples. Companies should also work with their supply chain, clients, and investees to help them achieve net-zero, and consider working with their partner ecosystem to achieve a net zero transition for society as a whole. Building collaborations and encouraging partners and customers to work together on regenerating nature can also make a difference.

What can individuals do to help us reach a 1.5 degrees pathway?

To help us reach a 1.5 degrees pathway, individuals can talk about climate change, elect politicians who act on it, educate themselves to make better choices, and reduce consumption by opting for fewer high-quality items. 

They can adopt a proactive attitude at work to drive change and introduce new projects, support or volunteer for NGOs working on nature protection and restoration, and make personal choices to reduce their contribution to climate change. 

Researchers suggest four most effective options: adopting a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car-free, and having smaller families. Every individual can contribute to a societal change by making small but meaningful changes.

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Elena Doms

Elena Doms

Elena Doms was born and raised in the Arctic and is passionate about Sustainability. She is trained in finance, energy and climate and focuses on driving sustainable transition in business and educating people on climate action. She has led an NGO, worked on digital transformation and sustainability at Mastercard and advanced ESG consulting in the financial sector. She is also advising and scaling startups and sharing inspiration through speaking at international events, interviewing experts and publishing on LinkedIn. She believes we can restore nature through love and paints the Arctic to show the world how beautiful and fragile it is and to share her stories that would inspire climate action and protect her home and yours.

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