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.

Events and Announcements

Creating a Place for the Ocean in the UNFCCC
Meeting in Preparation for the UNFCCC Ocean-Climate Dialogue

Hosted by Fiji, Sweden, Chile, Norway, Indonesia, & Costa Rica
29 October 2020 | 16:00 (Washington, DC) 

During COP25 (the “Blue COP”), the Parties adopted a first-of-its-kind COP decision that acknowledged the links between the ocean and climate change and mandated a dialogue “on the ocean and climate change to consider how to strengthen mitigation and adaptation action in this context.”

In advance of the dialogue, the Friends of the Ocean and Climate countries are hosting a preparatory meeting, which will serve as a forum to discuss goals for the dialogue and to help ensure that it is maximally successful. It is a critical moment to ensure that the UNFCCC takes account of the ocean-climate nexus going forward.

This meeting is hosted by the Friends of the Ocean and Climate (an inclusive group that offers a safe space for Parties to discuss ocean-climate issues and the way forward in advancing these issues in the UNFCCC) with secretariat support from Ocean Conservancy.

View the concept note here.
View the agenda here. 

Creating a Blue-Green Future
Advancing Ocean-Climate Solutions in the Arc Toward COP26

New York Climate Week
22 September 2020 | 04:00pm EDT (75 minutes duration)

A discussion hosted by the Pacific Rim Ocean-Climate Action Partnership with the support of the United Nations Foundation and Ocean Conservancy as the acting secretariat for PROCAP

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With a number of key moments to advance ocean-climate action on the horizon—including the U.N. ocean-climate dialogue in November 2020, the ongoing submission of NDCs, and the U.N. climate conference in November 2021 (COP26)—please join us for a discussion on how countries can create a blue-green future.

Climate change is the greatest threat to the ocean and the coastal communities that rely on its health. Yet the ocean is also a source of sustainable climate solutions. A comprehensive climate strategy will maximize ocean-based measures—from decarbonizing the shipping sector to protecting and restoring coastal blue carbon ecosystems—to complement the full suite of policies necessary to phase out carbon pollution and build climate resilience for frontline communities and ecosystems.

Register here.

Zero-Carbon for Shipping
Propelling investment in South and Central America with Hydrogen-Based Shipping Fuels.

This event launches a report which illustrates how adopting ‘green electrofuels’ for shipping could attract investment to South and Central America, reduce greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change, and provide a number of additional localized benefits through case studies of regional ports (Porto do Pecém, Brazil; Río de la Plata, Argentina and Uruguay; Puerto Bolívar, Colombia; and San Nicolás, Peru).

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A discussion with NGO, government, and industry representatives, including a member of the Getting to Zero Coalition, will be moderated by Nishan Degnarain, Chair of the London School of Economics Blue Finance Initiative, and followed by audience Q&A.

This event is hosted by Ocean Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Instituto Clima e Sociedade.

Register here.

Building a Blue-Green Future: Ocean-Climate Action for 2021

September 10, 2020
Climate change is the greatest threat to the ocean and the communities that rely on its health. Yet the ocean is also a source of sustainable climate solutions. A comprehensive climate strategy will aim to maximize ocean-based mitigation measures—from decarbonizing the shipping sector to protecting and restoring coastal blue carbon ecosystems—to complement the full suite of climate policies necessary for overall decarbonization. It will also aim to maximize adaptation measures that increase the resilience of frontline communities and ecosystems to unavoidable ocean-climate impacts.

The event features themes from Ocean Conservancy’s recently released Action Agenda for a Blue-Green Future: U.S. Federal Ocean-Climate Recommendations for 2021. Watch the recording below:

Handouts:

The Work of Gary Hilderbrand and Design’s Response to Climate Change

July 22, 2020
Over the course of an hour-long webinar interview, Daniel S. Padilla Ochoa, Florida Partnerships Manager for Ocean Conservancy, sea-level rise specialist and urban planning graduate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), connects with Gary Hilderbrand, founding Principal and Partner of design firm Reed Hilderbrand, to discuss the National Mall Tidal Basin IDEAS LAB in Washington, D.C., Cambridge, Massachusetts’ urban forest master plan, three projects by Reed Hilderbrand where design was forced to meet the challenges of climate change and Professor Hilderbrand’s recent Harvard GSD landscape studio in Virginia’s coastal counties.
See the blog. 

Ocean-Climate Leadership at the Blue COP

December 9, 2019
U.S. Climate Action Center
25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the UNFCCC
Madrid, Spain
U.S. nonfederal and international leaders discuss their ocean-climate actions and announce new initiatives that are launching at the “Blue COP.” Featuring leaders from California, Fiji, Costa Rica, Maryland, Washington State, Hawaii, and others.
See the agenda. 

Soft launch of the Pacific Rim Ocean-Climate Action Partnership (PROCAP)

December 9, 2019
PROCAP is a coalition to protect the world’s largest ocean in the face of climate change. This national-subnational partnership is resolved to drive ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, maximize sustainable ocean-related mitigation measures, and build the climate resilience of ocean and coastal ecosystems as well as the communities and economies on the front lines of ocean and climate change. PROCAP had a soft launch at COP25 with a founding set of members, including California, Fiji, Costa Rica, Peru, and Panama.
See the PROCAP charter.

U.S. States Taking Ocean-Climate Action

December 9, 2019
The United States has begun the process of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, but U.S. states continue to confront the climate crisis, including on ocean issues. Along both coasts, states are seeing the damaging impacts of climate change firsthand. In this bicoastal and bipartisan call to action, states outline their principles for ocean-climate stewardship and urge countries to create increasingly ambitious and “ocean-smart” climate goals. Signatories include Maryland, Washington, California, Hawaii, Virginia, and Rhode Island.
See the declaration. 

High-Level Event on Ocean-Climate Action

December 11 ,2019
Chile Pavilion
25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the UNFCCC
Madrid, Spain
A discussion on the growing ocean-climate movement, progress at COP25, and next steps in 2020. Featuring ministers from Fiji, Sweden, Norway, Indonesia, Canada, and Chile.
See the agenda.

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