London Climate Action Week, from 14-20 November 2020, will bring Londoners together for a week of more than 200 virtual events across the arts, community, schools, local authorities, development and the City, to drive climate action in the lead up to COP26.
Taking place during the period originally scheduled for the COP26 UN Climate Summit, London Climate Action Week 2020 will highlight how London’s leading climate experts, politicians, businesses, and civil society are working together to turn climate pledges and promises into action.
London has set the ambitious target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. It also has the world’s greatest concentration of businesses and non-profit organisations working to deliver a transition to a climate resilient world.
The events during the week will explore four themes, showcasing the ideas, technologies, people and policies needed to move beyond net-zero. The themes will be: 1) green, fair and resilient recovery; 2) sustainable and net-zero London; 3) the whole of society climate mobilisation; and 4) the roadmap to COP26.
Nick Mabey, Chief Executive of E3G, said: “COP26 may have been pushed back to next year, but that does not mean we can afford to put the brakes on climate action. Now is the time to mobilise London’s network of top thinkers, businesses and decision makers to work on building a sustainable recovery post-Covid and mapping out the actions we must take ahead of COP26 to ensure successful climate action.
“London Climate Action Week is about harnessing the power of London’s global networks and bringing ambitious climate thinkers together to shift the politics around climate action. Organisers and participants are in the driving seat, co-creating a week of climate action together. The solutions we identify reach decision makers, influencers, and societies across the world, whether that is through connecting leaders from Less Developed Countries to London’s financial hub or highlighting what needs to happen between now and COP26.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “London has a track record of leading on climate action, nationally and globally. With a year to go until the UK hosts COP26 it’s fantastic to see London organisations keeping up the momentum to tackle the climate emergency.
“Climate action must be at the heart of our recovery from the COVID pandemic, and I’m committed to ensuring London continues to lead the way. This includes working to make the capital zero carbon by 2030 with progressive policies to reduce emissions. But we will only achieve this through greater collaboration and London Climate Action Week is the perfect forum to drive this forward.”
LCAW will feature more than 200 online events held by think tanks, academic institutions, trade associations, businesses, NGOs, universities, schools and communities.