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MEDIA ADVISORY: Ocean Conservancy Experts Attend COP27 to Advance Ocean-Based Climate Solutions

Ocean Conservancy will attend COP27 to continue building on past success and further incorporate ocean-based climate solutions.

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Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt: From November 7 – 18, 2022, Ocean Conservancy will attend COP27 to continue building on past success and further incorporate ocean-based climate solutions into national commitments and the ongoing work of the UNFCCC. Ocean Conservancy and our experts will be hosting or participating in events throughout the duration of COP27.

Green shipping, ocean-based renewables such as offshore wind energy and addressing the climate impacts of plastic are all ocean-based climate solutions our delegation will work to advance among parties through the UNFCCC negotiations and dialogues dedicated to ocean-climate issues.

  • The amount of greenhouse gases the shipping industry emits is on par with a G7 country and countries, the UNFCCC, and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) need to increase the level of ambition, quickly develop green shipping corridors, and decarbonize the industry at a rate that’s in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and a 1.5C future.
  • Offshore wind will provide necessary renewable energy for countries around the world to rely on as they transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy future. Global efforts to reach at least 380GW of offshore wind installations by 2030 must be realized with equity and sustainability in mind and as a first step to more ambitious and regionally specific goals. Responsible development of offshore wind energy must consider the needs of communities, other ocean users and marine ecosystems.
  • The intersection of the climate and plastic crises is of particular importance to the health of our ocean, climate and coastal communities. The entire lifecycle of plastics is a major emitter of greenhouse gases and a growing source of fossil fuel demand as their use for energy declines. Petrochemical facilities that produce plastics are also large sources of environmental pollution that create unhealthy living conditions for local communities and reduce the ability of our ocean and coasts to adapt and remain resilient in the face of climate change.

In addition to Ocean Conservancy experts who are working with partners and countries to advance these issues within the UNFCCC, our Climate Science Director, who is also Coordinating Lead Author on the Oceans and Coastal Ecosystems chapter in Working Group II of the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report, will be at COP27 to highlight the latest findings of the IPCC and the essential role science must play in decision making.

Who: Ocean Conservancy experts will be in attendance and available for interviews:

  • Anna-Marie Laura, Director, Climate Policy
  • Sarah Cooley, Director, Climate Science; Coordinating Lead Author on the Oceans and Coastal Ecosystems chapter in Working Group II of the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report
  • Aarthi Ananthanarayanan, Director, Climate and Plastics Initiative
  • Sandra Chiri, International Outreach Manager, Shipping Emissions Campaign
What: Ocean Conservancy will host and/or participate in events at COP27, including:

  • 7 November – IPCC projections & planning for extreme sea level rise risk
  • 8 November – Thinking outside the shell: Toward the sustainable blue future we need
  • 9 November – Harnessing finance for addressing climate-ocean change
  • 11 November – Accelerating the clean energy transition by ending plastic pollution: Capitalizing on climate commitments, community action and a strong global plastics agreement
  • 12 November – Incorporating all knowledges: How Indigenous Knowledge can help preserve ocean resources in a changing climate
  • 12 November – Subnational leadership on climate-ocean action: Assessing risk and deploying local response
  • 12 November – Healthy Planet Healthy People: What does adaptation mean for ecosystems and why does it matter to people?
  • 12 November – Community risk is climate risk: aligning finance and policy to empower communities in the clean energy transition
  • 15 November – Transforming human behavior to enable ocean-focused climate action, biodiversity protection and sustainable development
  • 15 November – Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) as an Ocean Climate Solution: Urgently taking a precautionary approach
  • 15 November – Ocean-Climate-Society: challenges & opportunities for ocean mitigation, adaptation, finance & UNFCCC
  • 16 November – Ocean Climate Action Day
  • 16 November – Uncovering Climate’s Secret Ally: the value of nature in the IPCC 6th Assessment Report
  • 16 November – Working with Nature for People and the Planet: Nature-based solutions in the IPCC 6th Assessment
When: 07 November – 18 November 2022
Where: Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Contact: Cody Sullivan, Communications Manager, Ocean Conservancy:
[email protected]; +1.202.280.6273

 

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