We are living in a world that is only 8.6% circular and the trend is going down, not up...
Even if all 194 countries that pledged climate action as part of the Paris Agreement fulfil their emissions-cutting promises, the rise in temperatures is still forecast to hit 3.2-degrees this century.
To get to our end goal of a socially just and ecologically safe space, we need intelligent resource management to stem consumption and cut emissions, so that our impact falls within planetary boundaries.
We are already past the point of minor amends. Course-correction will require a major, transformational gear-change in systemic thinking.
This big shift is the circular economy.
On 26 January 2021 during the World Economic Forum’s virtual Davos Agenda Week Circle Economy will launch its annual Circularity Gap Report.
During the live session, we will present the facts on greenhouse gas emissions related to material extraction and present solutions for a linear world that consumes over 100 billion tonnes of materials and has warmed by 1-degree.
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About the speakers
Award-winning geneticist and broadcaster David Suzuki co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation in 1990. In 1975, he helped launch and host the long-running CBC Radio’s, Quirks and Quarks. In 1979, he became familiar to audiences around the world as host of CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, which still airs new episodes.
From 1969 to 2001, he was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, and is currently professor emeritus. He is widely recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology and has received numerous awards for his work, including a UNESCO prize for science and a United Nations Environment Program medal. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada.
He has 29 honorary degrees from universities in Canada, the US and Australia. For his support of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, Suzuki has been honoured with eight names and formal adoption by two First Nations.
In 2010, the National Film Board of Canada and Legacy Lecture Productions produced Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, which won a People’s Choice documentary award at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The film weaves together scenes from the places and events that shaped Suzuki’s life and career with a filming of his “Last Lecture”, which he describes as “a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die.”