Thank you for following Music for Relief at the UN Climate Summit 2014. There were considerable successes due in large part to the public’s attention on these critical meetings on climate change.
Climate Week began with the People’s Climate March, the largest public demonstration on climate change in history. An estimated 400,000 attended and showed their support for the environment.
An unprecedented number of world leaders attended the UN Climate Leaders Summit, and a moving speech was given by Kathy Jetnil-Kiljiner, a young poet from the Marshall Islands. Watch Kathy Jetnil-Kiljiner’s speech here.
- Progress was made with 12 leading countries including the U.S. pledging to work to mobilize climate finance for countries most affected by climate change, with governments reaffirming their pledge for $100B/yr in climate funding plus an additional $100B from business and finance sectors.
- A landmark announcement was made by the world’s five largest growers of palm oil—Sime Darby, Asian Agri, IOI Corporation, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, and Musim Mas – agreeing to a 1-year moratorium on clearing of tropical forests.
- A new forest alliance was formed with 30 countries and companies like General Mills Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. with a goal of cutting deforestation losses in half by 2020 and ending deforestation by 2030 – preventing nearly 9 billion tons of CO2 pollution per year.
- China and the United States, the two biggest emitters of climate pollution, reaffirmed their commitment to work together to tackle the climate crisis.
Progress was made at the climate summit in NYC in September. We need you to keep the momentum going. Support climate action here.