A virtual climate summit to cut carbon footprint

A virtual climate summit to cut carbon footprint


  1. World leaders will participate in an innovative climate change summit that will take place entirely online so it is carbon neutral.

Important Facts:

  1. About the summit:
  • The event will be the first global political meeting to be held online.
  • It will consist of a rolling, 24-hour livestream that will begin in the Marshalls’ capital Majuro, then include addresses from leaders and panel discussions before delivering a declaration.
  • The Virtual Climate Summit is the brainchild of Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, whose low-lying Pacific island nation will drown beneath rising seas if global warming continues unabated.
  • It’s main aim is to encourage the international community to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
  1. Significance:
  • The cutting-edge setup was designed to show that even small nations such as the Marshalls could make a big difference on the world stage using creative, climate-friendly solutions.
  • The online summit as an example of the innovative thinking needed to combat climate change.
  1. Background:
  • The eco-friendly event stands in stark contrast to many other international political summits, which involve thousands of delegates jetting across the world to a venue where they stay in air-conditioned comfort.
  • The organisers of the UN’s COP21 talks in Paris in 2015 estimated it generated 43,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, although much of this was later offset through carbon-credit schemes.
  • A UN report warned recently that the threshold could be reached as early as 2030 unless there was unprecedented global action to rein in emissions.
  • 17 of the 18 hottest years on record had occurred since 2001 and that the cost of climate-related disasters in 2017 topped $500 billion.

About Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF): The CVF is an international partnership of countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet. The Forum serves as a South-South cooperation platform for participating governments to act together to deal with global climate change.

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