Friday Digest

Introducing the new blog rubric - Friday Digest - where we want to share some interesting news around the POC21 topics and the scoop of the weekly news. Here is what caught our attention this week:

China is getting more environmentally aware. Right about time!

Just this past week China pledged to half its Greenhouse Gas emissions (60 to 65% reduction from the 2005 levels) by 2030. China plans to replace coal and carbon intensive industrial processes with renewables such as wind and solar and ''to achieve the peaking of carbon dioxide emissions around 2030 and making best efforts to peak early. China also calls for "improving energy efficiency of building and the quality of building construction, extending buildings’ life spans, intensifying energy conservation transformation for existing buildings, building energy-saving and low-carbon infrastructures..."

US + Brazil // Vatican + Naomi Klein

The United States and Brazil have issues a Joint Statement on Climate Change that promises restoration of forests and curbed emissions. According to the joint statement "Brazil intends to restore and reforest 12 million hectares of forests by 2030" and the nations intend "to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy to help power our economies...each intend to increase the share of renewables – beyond hydropower – in their respective electricity generation mixes to the level of 20% by 2030." Meanwhile, Vatican teams up with Naomi Klein to tackle climate change. “The fact that they invited me indicates they’re not backing down from the fight” says Klein. Pope Francis has been paying a lot of attention to the climate change issues lately. Can't relay on God all the time to save us, right? Its about time to take action in our own hands.

Something worth sharing

Citizens like Boyan Slat and the team at Vortex Bladeless have developed game changing technologies that thanks to instantaneous global connectivity and the empowerment of crowdfunding are now being put into practice. Definitely take a look at these projects: Vortex Bladeless and The Ocean Cleanup

We hope you enjoyed it! And remember: no matter what happens…