On Solutions Day at COP27, governments, members of civil society, and small-medium scale innovators will come together to share experiences and examples of best practices for the future. The aim is to create meaningful and tangible solutions to the challenges explored during the negotiations process. These solutions will range from greening of national budgets, the creation of sustainable cities, sustainable transport, improved waste management, alternatives to plastic, and more.
Creativity and innovation form some of the fundamental pillars for finding solutions to the climate crisis, and bringing together a wide range of stakeholders will lead to an appreciation and incorporation of diverse perspectives. This will lead to the ability to identify opportunities to transcend traditional ways of thinking and develop new and original ideas, and these can be implemented to ensure a sustainable future.
One of the key aspects of the discussions on this day of the conference is sustainable transport. The UN has established that new and emerging technologies, from electric cars and buses to zero-carbon producing energy sources, as well as policy innovations, are critical for combating climate change. However, in order to be effective, they must ensure that transport strategies benefit everyone, including the poor and marginalised in society.
Like transportation, the agricultural and food sector contributes significantly to global greenhouse emissions, from production, consumption, and food waste. The Food and Agriculture for Sustainable Transformation initiative seeks to address this issue by showcasing how agriculture can be an important part of the solution to fight the climate crisis by sequestering carbon in soil and plants and promoting adaptation and resilience.
The proceedings at COP27 illustrate that the quest for solutions range from global to local, and represent a wide variety of approaches in relation to inclusivity, stakeholder involvement, and scale of implementation. Solutions Day will help to catalyse the successful integration of collaborative discussions into policies, technological, and digital innovation, with the ultimate purpose of bringing clarity to the climate solution debate.
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(Picture on the left) James Ellsmoor (CEO of Island Innovation) met The Hon. Quincia Gumb-Marie, Anguilla’s Minister of Sustainability, Innovation & the Environment.
(Pictures on the right) James also had the opportunity to meet members of the Tongan delegation and drink Kava. Kava is a traditional drink harvested from the root of the Tongan plant called piper methysticum. For many centuries, drinking kava has been an important cultural tradition of most South Pacific island nations, including Tonga.
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