1t.org US will be on the ground at COP 27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt this week and next to build support and tell the story of U.S. leadership on forests for climate. We will be partnering with 1t.org US members from the public and private sector to export success stories as well as import next level solutions from around the world.
Here are some of the key goals for our “Forest Action Bloc”:
- Amplify messages that center the critical role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
- Build ambition through 1t.org US pledges.
- Mobilize our community of practice to help identify solutions and opportunities to scale our work.
Our team of experts at 1t.org US are closely tracking forest and natural climate solutions from the COP27 negotiations.
November 10 Announcement: More Than 55 Billion Trees Pledged by US Entities to Meet Critical Climate Goals
November 12 Media Advisory: Public Private Partnerships and Natural Climate Solutions with Gillian Caldwell of USAID
See below for daily updates on key developments.
The “Forest Action Bloc” at COP27
This blog by 1t.org US Lead Kevin O'Hara outlines our collective goals for COP27.Read here
1t.org US COP27 Guide and Calendar
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Urban Trees for Equitable Cities: Tools to Realize SDG Goal 11
Thursday, Nov. 10 — 3 p.m. EET / 8 a.m. EST
In alignment with the Sustainable Development Goal 11, to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” American Forests has developed a tool for local governments, civil society, urban foresters and communities to make the case for planting trees in the neighborhoods that need them the most and allocating the resources needed to do so. Currently in use across the United States and soon to be launched internationally, the Tree Equity Score (TES) calculates scores based on how much tree canopy and surface temperature align with income, employment, race, age, health, and climatic risk factors. Further, the Tree Equity Score Analyzer (TESA) helps cities and municipalities to dive deep into decision-making around Tree Equity Scores. This event would highlight the strategic use of tools such as the TES and TESA, and how to make data-driven and cost-effective interventions to mitigate against urban heat islands, stormwater runoff and other climate change driven challenges.
- Jad Daley, President and CEO, American Forests (Moderator)
- Shanna Edberg, Director, Conservation Programs, Hispanic Access Foundation
- Nadiya Khalif, Global Youth Council, Earth Uprising
- Mohammad Ahmadi, Co-founder & Global Youth Leadership Director at Earth Uprising
- Kurt Shickman, Director, Extreme Heat Initiative, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
- Leah Laramee, Hawai’i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Coordinator
Cultivating an Environment for NCS Public-Private Partnerships
Saturday, Nov. 12 — 3 p.m. EET / 8 a.m. EST
This event will be an intimate discussion between leaders of the public and private sectors mapping out the need and opportunities to build functional, scalable, transparent, and replicable public-private partnerships for natural climate solutions. In order to leverage the funding and ambition to build a movement in both the public and private sectors, an enabling environment must be created with demonstrable leadership through programs such as 1t.org. These partnerships can serve as a catalyst for action – from policy interventions (i.e. Inflation Reduction Act), capital investments (i.e. zero-deforestation and conversion supply-chains), financial tools (i.e. carbon markets, green bonds), and accountability standards, to on-the-ground interventions (i.e. conservation, agroforestry, improved forest management, reforestation, etc.). We will explore best practices existing programs and best practices from the USAID, as well as new initiatives being explored and launched at Salesforces and/or Mastercard.
Specific care will be taken to defining what “net-zero” means for both corporations and governments alike, and highlighting pathways beyond “net-zero” using natural climate solutions.
- Nicole Schwab, Director of Nature-based Solutions & 1t.org, WEF (Introduction)
- Gillian Caldwell, Chief Climate Officer, USAID
- Jad Daley, CEO American Forests, Co-Chair 1t.org US
- Ellen Jackawski, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mastercard
- John-O Niles, Senior Manager, Natural Climate Solutions, Salesforce