Confronting Climate Change

Taking the ocean into account is critical for successfully addressing climate change, and addressing climate change is critical for the future of the ocean.

Ocean Conservancy at COP27

The 27th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP27) will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from November 6-18, 2022. It is an opportunity for governments, the private sector, civil society and communities to champion and invest in realizing pledges on climate action to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Ocean Conservancy will attend COP27 to elevate ocean-climate mitigation and adaptation solutions, advance the outcomes of the Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue report and advocate the ocean’s vital importance for livelihoods and biodiversity and as a fundamental component of the climate system. We will convene dialogues on critical intersectional issues, participate on panels as experts and as the informal Secretariat of the Friends of Ocean and Climate, support parties in their climate negotiations and advance ocean-climate action.

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Reports

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Climate & Plastics

Plastics produce massive and growing amounts of greenhouse gas emissions and keep us dependent on fossil fuels. The 11 million metric tons of plastics entering the ocean each year reduce the resilience of coastal communities already at disproportionate risk from climate change. Plastic pollution is a multifaceted threat to our climate, ocean and coastal communities that we must stop at the source. Read more.

Green Shipping Corridors at COP27

Last year at COP26, UNFCCC Parties made two notable commitments to green shipping corridors and shipping decarbonization: The Clydebank Declaration and the Zero by 2050 Declaration. We need to see continued progress on the establishment of green shipping corridors and sector-wide decarbonization if we want to achieve a 1.5C future. Read more.
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Green Shipping Corridors: A Pathway to Zero-Emission Shipping

The shipping industry is a significant and rising source of global greenhouse gas emissions, generating more than a gigatonne of CO2 equivalent emissions each year. The Global Maritime Forum (GMF) and other experts argue that if zero-emission fuels can make up 5% of the global shipping fuel mix by 2030, the goals of the Paris Agreement will be in reach. Green shipping corridors are a decarbonization and environmental protection strategy that can enable the testing and uptake of zero-emission lifecycle fuels and technologies with the ambition to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain. Read more.

Events

You can follow along on Twitter @OurOcean or join us at one of the many events that Ocean Conservancy will be hosting or participating in at COP27. You can download a full list of events here. 

IPCC Projections & Planning for Extreme Sea Level Rise Risk

Monday, November 7, 2022 at 13:00
Intl Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) Pavilion

Featuring Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director, Climate Science
This event will focus on low-likelihood/high impact sea level rise and what this means for coastal adaptation. Panelists will highlight insights from the IPCC AR6 Working Group I and II reports.

Thinking Outside the Shell: Toward the Sustainable Blue Future We Need

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 from 8:30 to 10:00
Nature Pavilion, Blue Zone

Featuring Anna-Marie Laura, Director, Climate Policy
This event will feature discussions around key opportunities to harness the potential of the ocean as a major source of clean energy. It will focus on opportunities to sustainably plan and manage offshore wind production to meet mitigation and energy security goals as well as to meet the food and nutrient needs of the world’s growing population.

Harnessing Finance for Addressing Climate-Ocean Change

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 14:00 to 15:00
COP27 Virtual Ocean Pavilion

Featuring Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director, Climate Science
Despite the IPCC’s dire warnings, the impacts of ongoing ocean warming, acidification and deoxygenation are often under-recognized by policymakers and misunderstood or excluded from mainstream climate mitigation, financing or adaptation priorities. Learn about innovative and interdisciplinary projects that will help us leverage finance for more holistic climate-ocean adaptation.

Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition by Ending Plastic Pollution: Capitalizing on Climate Commitments, Community Action and a Strong Global Plastics Agreement

Friday, November 11, 2022 from 16:15 to 17:15
The Nature Pavilion, Blue Zone

Hosted by Ocean Conservancy and featuring Aarthi Ananthanarayanan, Director, Climate and Plastics Initiative
This event will feature the perspectives of national and subnational governments and community leaders on how efforts to end plastic pollution, from source to sea, can be harnessed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prevent fossil fuel lock-in and build climate resilience for coastal communities and marine ecosystems.

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Innovations at the Ocean-Climate Nexus to Accelerate Decarbonization, Address Climate Change and Improve the Blue Economy

Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00
Ocean Pavilion

Featuring Anna-Marie Laura, Director, Climate Policy
This will be a discussion of policy innovations and lessons in sustainable aquaculture and seafood as a decarbonization pathway, ocean-based renewable energy, shipping & reducing plastic production and usage and research for blue carbon & marine-based carbon sequestration.

Incorporating All Knowledges: How Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Preserve Ocean Resources in a Changing Climate

Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 12:00
Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone

Featuring Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director, Climate Science
This event will highlight the importance of meaningfully incorporating Indigenous knowledge (IK) into climate change research, management and governance of ocean resources. Speakers will discuss topics including how successful the IPCC has been at incorporating IK in previous and current reports, challenges and how they can be overcome in future Assessment Reports and future pathways forward to meaningfully incorporating IK into Assessment Reports.

Subnational Leadership on Climate-Ocean Action: Assessing Risk and Deploying Local Response

Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 11:30 to 12:30
America is All In Pavilion, Blue Zone

Featuring Anna-Marie Laura, Director, Climate Policy
Regional ocean and coastal acidification networks (CANs) in the United States have effectively leveraged collaborations with U.S. State, Tribal and municipal governments to accelerate local actions and regional strategies. Panelists will highlight strategies they are using to advance climate policy and build support for targeted ocean mitigation, risk assessments, adaptation and resilience.

Healthy Planet Healthy People: What Does Adaptation Mean for Ecosystems and Why Does it Matter to People?

Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 18:00
Science Pavilion

Featuring Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director, Climate Science
This session aims to present main findings of the latest IPCC report on adaptation options for conserving biodiversity and ecosystem-based adaptation for people.

Community Risk is Climate Risk: Aligning Finance and Policy to Empower Communities in the Clean Energy Transition

Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 14:45 to 15:45
Climate Justice Pavilion, Blue Zone

Hosted by Ocean Conservancy and featuring Aarthi Ananthanarayanan, Director, Climate and Plastics Initiative
This event will highlight original case study research on the community risks of fossil fuel and plastics projects and the financial costs faced by companies that disregarded them. It will feature perspectives from policymakers, civil society leaders and investors on strategies to internalize community risks.

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Panel on Ocean Microplastic Pollution: Links to Climate, Ecological Impacts, and Human Health Risks

Monday, November 14, 2022 from 9:00 to 10:30
Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone

Featuring Aarthi Ananthanarayanan, Director, Climate and Plastics Initiative
Like CO2 emissions, the flow of plastic waste to the environment, especially the ocean, is an adverse side-effect of economic activity. Unlike CO2, the social cost of plastic pollution is not well understood and effective management requires a better understanding of risks. This panel will focus on the current state of knowledge about plastic in the ocean, potential links to climate and potential impacts on human and environmental health.

Transforming Human Behavior to Enable Ocean-Focused Climate Action, Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Development

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 9:00 to 10:30
Science Pavilion

Featuring Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director, Climate Science
This session will discuss how transitioning toward managing simultaneously for multiple ocean crises—climate impacts, biodiversity loss and unsustainable fisheries—while meeting the objectives of climate resilient development can contribute to achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and a sustainable ocean.

Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) as an Ocean Climate Solution: Urgently Taking a Precautionary Approach

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 15:00 to 16:30
Conference Room 5, Blue Zone

Hosted by Ocean Conservancy and featuring Sarah Cooley, Director, Climate Science and Anna-Marie Laura, Director, Climate Policy
The side event will consider the complexities of ocean CDR and explore actions to minimize negative impacts. It will feature perspectives from scientists, representatives from non-governmental organizations and technical experts who focus on ocean CDR planning and nature-based climate solutions.

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Ocean-Climate-Society: Challenges and Opportunities for Ocean Mitigation, Adaptation, Finance and UNFCCC

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 16:45 to 18:45
Conference Room 5 (Memphis), Blue Zone

Featuring Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director, Climate Science
This side event will showcase examples of ocean adaptation, including in Africa and Asia-Pacific, and of blue finance and the need for its further expansion, especially for the sustainable development of coastal ecosystems and communities in vulnerable coastal and island nations such as Africa. It will highlight action-driven global scientific collaboration and equitably with local communities in helping to understand and manage the challenges placed on the marine ecosystems and so improve sustainable development. The session will explore the summary of the mandated UN Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue for ocean integration into the UNFCCC processes.

Ocean Climate Action Day

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 9:00
Climate Action Zone

Featuring Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director, Climate Science
This event will call for ambition, increased finance and to accelerate the implementation of ocean-based climate solutions to deliver a resilient, net-zero, equitable and nature-positive future.

Uncovering Climate’s Secret Ally: the Value of Nature in the IPCC 6th Assessment Report

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 17:30 to 18:30
WWF Panda Pavilion

Featuring Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director, Climate Science
IPCC Sixth Assessment Cycle is finishing in 2022(23) with the AR6 Synthesis Report. There is a lot of information in the reports already published about the interactions between climate change, nature and people. In this event WWF launches our summary report, bringing to life this latest IPCC science on climate and nature. We will explore some of the key messages and what they mean for how we approach the climate crisis.

Working with Nature for People and the Planet: Nature-based Solutions in the IPCC 6th Assessment

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 14:00 to 15:00
Science Pavilion, Blue Zone

Featuring Dr. Sarah Cooley, Director, Climate Science
This event will present the findings from the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and briefly discuss what nature-based solutions are and provide an overview of the evidence for nature-based solutions as both adaptation and mitigation strategies. It will also present some of the risks associated with poorly designed or poorly implemented nature-based solutions.

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