In the fight against climate change, we need solutions big and small-- the aviation industry is establishing mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions and small farmers are adapting climate-smart agricultural practices and production. Even companies like Google are taking advantage of their intellectual capital as well as incorporating renewable energy solutions. Regardless of size or industry, all are affected by the consequences of climate change.
While harnessing individual resources to fight climate change is invaluable, the global climate challenge is simply too complex and too big to be solved with a single approach or by a sole actor.
There is a saying that is often quoted by leaders or politicians faced with big challenges: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We have far to go in order to meet the needs of a rapidly changing and climate-affected world, and with very little time for the journey. It’s both a sprint and a marathon.
If we and the planet are to stand any chance of making fast, sustainable progress, we need to break down the barriers that sometimes separate governments, sectors and communities. By joining forces instead of working in silos, we can adopt shared and measurable goals, replicate the best climate-smart practices, develop innovative solutions and pursue actions that reinforce each other’s work and further our collective goals.
Strategic collaborations have the power to bring together diverse expertise and to amplify and strengthen the climate action message.
That’s why during this year’s Law, Justice and Development (LJD) week the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank’s Legal Vice-Presidency teamed up to share experiences, lessons learned and “make new friends.” The event brought together participants from the World Bank Group, international financial institutions, international development practitioners, governments, academia and civil society to connect legal issues to climate:
- How can we capture the Paris climate commitments in laws which set national targets?
- How can we make them binding and enforceable?
The CIF’s governing body hosted colleagues from the five multilateral development banks that implement CIF-financed projects, recipient and donor countries, and civil society organizations to discuss the progress, results, pipeline and new challenges of the CIF’s four funds.
Joining the LJD Week collaboration, Connect4Climate—a global partnership that takes on climate change by promoting solutions and empowering people to act—hosted a media zone where climate specialists, students, NGOs, private sector representatives and young people shared ideas and discussed action. Daily CIF climate talks gave the audience insights on some of the most pressing climate issues and topics including forest management, small island developing states and the power of solar.
The reality is that we are living through a crucial decade and new findings on the scale of the climate challenge are striking. The response therefore demands a community, such as that gathered this week, contributing at national, local and global levels, in partnership with other development actors. So building effective partnerships within the climate sector space is crucial, especially for the long-term success of any country’s ambition to shift to a low carbon and resilient economy.
Despite the uncertainty around climate change and its long-term impacts, we can be sure of one thing: we must keep building partnerships that act responsibly, act together and act now.