Global Climate Action Summit was formally started in San Francisco, California
The Global Climate Action Summit was held on September 13th in San Francisco, California, the United States.
Thousands of political, business, academic and philanthropic leaders from around the world who focused on global climate change, including Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of China, Jerry Brown, Governor of California, Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York, Albert Arnold Gore Jr., former Vice President of the United States, Hollywood star Robert Redford, and Winnie Byanyima, CEO of Starbucks, attended the summit.
During the summit, Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, was formally accepted the invitation by Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of China, to serve as Co-Chair of the China-sponsored Global Climate Action Summit.
In his keynote speech at the summit, Xie Zhenhua stressed the importance of bringing together the government agencies, the private sectors and the philanthropic sectors of society to tackle climate change and the far-reaching significance of launching the Global Climate Action Initiative. Mr. Xie said that, Chinese government, entrepreneurs and philanthropists have long held fast to the traditional idea, deeply ingrained in Chinese culture, of encouraging humans to coexist with nature in harmony. Their approach to climate change targets sustained efforts to achieve ecological civilization and promotes green, low-carbon development. As a result, they have done a great deal of work in many areas, including promoting transformation into a greener, low-carbon mode of development, alleviating poverty in an ecologically-friendly fashion, bringing desertification under control, protecting biodiversity, planting mangrove, clean cook stoves, promoting South-South climate cooperation and constructing carbon trading market. They give their full support to the Chinese government's efforts to protect the ecological environment, reduce energy consumption and emissions, cope with climate change, and achieve sustainable development.
Dang Yanbao, Founder & Chairman of Ningxia Yanbao Charity Foundation and CEO of Baofeng Group, spoke at the opening ceremony on behalf of Chinese philanthropists and entrepreneurs participating in the Global Climate Action Initiative. He introduced his experiences and goals in recycling economy industry, photovoltaic power generation, desert management with Chinese goji berry and replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen, and promised to carry out extensive and in-depth cooperation with all sectors at home and abroad in the field of climate action in the future. "Our practice and innovation is just an epitome of China's thousands of enterprises," says Mr. Dang, "We will bring these successful experiences back to China to share and improve with more enterprises. At the same time, I sincerely hope that brilliant people from the world can join hands and take joint actions to make new practices to combat global climate change and protect the beautiful homeland that human beings depend on."
Niu Gensheng, Founder & Honorable Chairman of Lao Niu Foundation, spoke at the closing ceremony on behalf of the originating institutions of the Global Climate Action Initiative and Chinese philanthropists. He introduced the best practices of Lao Niu Foundation in tackling climate change: At the first, Lao Niu Foundation has established a long-term cooperation with The Natural Conservation (TNC), and Mr. Niu was the the only winner of TNC’s "Oak Leaf Award" in China; Second, Lao Niu Foundation has planted 40 million trees to create China's largest carbon sequestration forest and parts of it have become the Olympic forest; Thirdly, Lao Niu Foundation has invested USD 2 million each in wetland conservation in partnership with the Paulson Institute, which has led to a social investment of RMB 380 million; Fourthly, Lao Niu foundation works in the field of environment, with a total of 28 projects and a total expenditure of RMB 425 million. Mr. Niu also highlighted the importance of establishing and strengthening joint action in the area of climate action and forming good partnerships with governments and the private sector based on international platforms such as East-West Philanthropy Forum and Global Climate Action Initiative.
The Global Climate Action Summit in California not only witnessed the grand launch of the Global Climate Action Initiative, but also provided the best opportunity and stage for Chinese philanthropists in the climate change area to speak collectively for the first time on the international stage. Global Climate Action Initiative is the first global platform for cooperation and communication among politicians, entrepreneurs and philanthropists focusing on tackling the climate change launched by China. It will have a profound impact on China's role as a participant, contributor and leader in dealing with global climate change.