With any great challenge there are enormous opportunities. Rapid changes to climate patterns affect our reliance on food, water, air, and shelter, increase political instability globally, and exacerbate inequities in our neighborhoods. These are the creative constraints of our time.
Around the world, we see innovation and collaboration efforts to:
- transform into a circular economy
- set science-backed emission reduction targets at every level of society
- transition into decarbonization and electrification
- And do so with growing public support for an equitable transition
As a data intelligence company, we see data as a paramount tool in these unprecedented times. The UN’s IPCC 2018 Report suggested we have 12 years (now 9 years) to drastically cut down on greenhouse gas emissions to keep below 1.5 C. This data-backed effort inspired the 2030 global marker– spurring a collective sprint toward decarbonization and mitigation strategies articulated in the Paris Agreement.
In honor of Earth Day, data citizens everywhere are invited to take action on climate. Here are our top 5 resources to learn about climate action at scale.
Top 5 resources to learn more about climate action
1. TED’s Countdown: to a better future
Hosted by TED, Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. Countdown seeks to answer five fundamental, interconnected questions that help inform a blueprint for a cleaner future:
- How rapidly can we switch to 100% clean power?
- How can we upgrade the way we move people and things?
- How can we re-imagine and re-make the stuff around us?
- How can we spark a worldwide shift to healthier food systems?
- How do we better protect and re-green the earth?
They offer several ways to get involved including creative projects, hosting conversations and taking practical steps to lowering your carbon footprint with a community.
2. Circular Economy by the MacArthur Foundation
In contrast to the ‘take a resource – make a product – waste: landfill’ linear model, a circular economy is regenerative by design and aims to gradually decouple growth from the consumption of finite resources. The Circular Economy program is a great source to begin learning about circularity for our food system, fashion, plastics, cities and even Ai. They also have a vibrant global community on LinkedIn.
3. Project Drawdown
Project Drawdown is on a mission to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the point when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere start to steadily decline— as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible. Climate Solutions 101, is a 6-video series that highlights data-backed climate solutions that are ready to be implemented, yesterday.
4. UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. Get the latest news from SDG Action across regions and sectors, connect with the community to share, experience and collaborate, access tools, resources and inspiring content to support you on your work, and receive updates on their Day of Action Campaign.
5. World Economic Forum’s Strategic Intelligence on Climate Change
Explore and monitor the issues and forces driving transformational change across economies, industries, and global issues. Strategic Intelligence on climate change offers a web of interconnected content and communities of experts pushing the agenda for global climate action.
These resources point to key communities and organizations working to collectively impact the climate crisis at scale and offer ways for individuals to get involved. We’re at a critical point in human history, with data-driven climate solutions we have the opportunity to shape our future!
Our environmental employee resource group (ERG), Planet Collibra, has developed a month-long program to celebrate Earth Month. In addition, we’re working on a people and planet strategy, contributing our support to mitigating the risks of climate in our communities.
Thanks to the Planet Collibra team for leading the Earth Month program. Special thanks to Jimmy Groh, Fatima Hiloui, Kamila Harasimowicz, Hafsa Oumzil, Magda Wisniewska, Tina , Julien Vekony, Elle Jin, Rainer Striedinger, Myke Lyons and team.
Special thanks to Noah Iliinsky for his contributions on resources about climate change!