Climate Action Summit
CO-CREATING OUR CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE
Partnered with Microsoft Reactor, Rising Women Collective, XREDU, among others, five amazing women and I co-organized the Climate Action Summit at the Microsoft Reactor on February 1, 2020. We united local communities, artists, entrepreneurs, students, developers, scientists and engineers, to come together and prototype solutions for our climate resilient future.
The climate crisis is occurring at rates much faster than anticipated, and is harming communities across the globe. The costs of no action could not only exceed hundreds of billions of dollars annually in the coming decades, but also threaten humanity.
We can expect more wildfires, extreme heat, coastal flooding, water shortages and health problems in the years to come, but these problems won’t affect everyone equally. Climate change is a threat multiplier. It exacerbates and amplifies issues of injustice. People living in poverty, indigenous communities, immigrants and the elderly are expected to suffer disproportionately from problems caused by a changing climate.
Our approach to solving climate impact challenges must be inclusive and address the needs of most vulnerable populations. We are called upon to think differently and include communities most impacted to be part of co-designing solutions.
We came together to explore:
How might we use technology to build stronger communities, support people most impacted by climate change and shift into a regenerative economy?
These main themes guided our discussions and solution development:
Regenerative Design & Circular Economy - to restore, renew, and revitalize the energy and resources of Earth, and eliminate waste through continual use of resources in a closed-loop systems.
Community Resilience & Inclusion in the Climate Crisis - to support and revitalize our communities that are most impacted by the climate crisis.
The event brought people together to address 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Climate Action, Reduced Inequality, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Partnerships for the Goals. For more info about SDGs, visit the UN website.