“No overall consensus was reached on increased climate ambition,” reports the United Nations after the anticipated COP25 climate conference that closed on Sunday.
The U.N. wasn’t the only one expressing an “opportunity lost,” as 16-year-old climate activist and newly minted Time Magazine’s person of the year, Greta Thunberg took to Twitter in real time to express her regret that COP25 is “falling apart right now.” U.N. chief António Guterres also expressed his feelings via the social media platform.
Indigenous rights activist, Kera Sherwood-O’Regan called the attempts futile or “false solutions,” while other environmental activists in attendance echoed her statement.
It only puts that much more attention on the coming year. COP26, the 26th annual U.N. climate conference, will be presided over by Claire O’Neill in Glasgow, Scotland — and it seems she has her work cut out for her as countries will be “expected to present upgraded national climate plans, that go beyond commitments made under the 2015 Paris Agreement.”
“2020 will be the most important year for climate action,” said O’Neill, from the COP25 summit in Madrid. The message was shown to an audience at TED’s New York offices for the debut of its “Countdown” social media campaign.
Too, the momentum in the fashion industry paled in comparison to last year’s climate conference, which produced the U.N. Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, garnering 43 signatories, including Adidas, Burberry, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co., Puma SE, PVH Corp., among others such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, an industry membership organization.
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