UN Climate Change’s Momentum for Change initiative on Friday, August 17, 2018 released its new, interactive online report to highlight the climate action milestones that it achieved last year.
By shining light on the most inspiring and transformational mitigation and adaptation activities, known as “Lighthouse Activities”, Momentum for Change aims to strengthen motivation, spur innovation and catalyse further change towards a low-emission, high-resilient future in line with the Paris Climate Change Agreement.The Lighthouse Activities are showcased at the annual United Nations climate change conferences.
Last year, 19 Lighthouse Activities from various countries were recognised for demonstrating diverse solutions to tackle climate change. From companies that have gone climate-neutral to organisations that tackle plastic pollution to governments that finance green projects – all the winners aimed toward making a difference.
Commenting on the significance of the Momentum for Change initiative, head of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, said: “Now that the era of implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement has begun, each of the Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities serves as a real-world reminder that climate action is not just possible – it is the path we must get on to achieve the goals laid out in Paris.”
The fully digital and interactive report tells the stories of the 19 winners of the 2017 Momentum for Change Award in an engaging and creative way. Falling within one of initiative’s five focus areas –Women for Results, Financing for Climate Friendly Investment, ICT Solutions, Planetary Health, and Climate Neutral Now – the activities showed the exceptional amount of climate action happening around the world.
Some of the activities included: Cleaning our Oceans of Plastic from Haiti; the UK-based Plan A Carbon Reduction; Building Resilient Livelihoods from Sudan; KaXu Solar One from South Africa; and ICTs For Small-Scale Farmers from Latin America.
By using a combination of infographics, animation, photos and videos, the digital report makes data digestible, says the UN, adding that the interactive elements highlight the real results and growing numbers the Momentum for Change winning activities are having in tackling climate change.
“Data is a key part of the design so that users can see an impressive by-the-numbers recap of major milestones, while at the same time feel inspired by the climate action underway around the world in the run-up to the Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco this September,” said Espinosa.
The report also comes ahead of the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Momentum for Change awards.