Last week our founder and CEO, Mark Jankovich, spent an inspiring few days at New York’s Climate Week. World leaders descended on New York City for the United Nations General Assembly and to be part of Climate Week.
World leaders were rubbing shoulder to shoulder with the planet's biggest CEOs. Michael Bloomberg voiced that “we all talk about 2050, but with the temperatures and floods that we are experiencing, we might not make it to 2025”- a message that really hit home to everyone there.
With global temperatures at record-breaking highs this year and three continents seeing record-breaking temperature levels, wildfires are becoming an increasing occurrence, killing our environment and homes, while people globally are dying from the heat. Not only this, but a ⅓ of Pakistan is still underwater from the devastating floods in August. The signs are here, and the time to act is now.
During the conference, co-founder of the Outrage and Optimism podcast, climate champion, and legend; Christiana Figueres was seen dashing between meetings, imploring that Governments and businesses work together and act decisively to instigate change.
Celebrity and co-founder of Water.org Matt Damon discussed the importance of education in the fight against climate change. He conveyed that having quick access to water can unlock opportunities in education, economic opportunity, and improved health. Water.org aims to empower underprivileged people by giving them access to drinking water through affordable financial planning. Consequentially families can have accessible drinking water, and students can get a valued education.
Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi shared his views on the all-important matter of cutting carbon emissions through the implementation of all-electric Uber cars by 2030, as well as empowering 750,000 global Ubereats restaurant partners to use sustainable packaging.
Nigel Topping and Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High-Level Champions for UK and Egypt, shared their view on what’s needed to come out of COP27 in Sharm el Sheik and said the pressure is on for Governments to act more quickly.
With COP27 now being weeks away, Mark intends to keep pressing the Government to continue regulating sustainability as an integral part of all business model DNA.