Coming Together in Sharm El-Sheikh
The United Nations 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, marks 30 years of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and seven years since the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Egyptian COP presidency looks to reconvene signatories to address climate action, focusing on finance, just transition, and greater mitigation and adaptation ambitions. A strategic combination of these approaches may yet lead to the necessary sustainable and replicable solutions.
The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is among the climate thought leaders who are coming “Together for Implementation” in Sharm El Sheikh. Our approach to climate action is centered through an equity lens and focuses on communities that are most profoundly impacted by the global climate crisis. Our mission is to create, implement, and scale equitable climate change mitigation and resilience solutions at a local and regional level. ISC’s dedication to this work leads us to COP27, where we will leverage our leadership, knowledge, and networks as vital instruments in furthering conversations around community-led climate action.
ISC's COP27 Activities
Centering Climate Equity at COP27
With the world under a “Code Red for Humanity,” governments, corporations, climate experts, and climate action organizations are working together to combat climate change. In many regions of the world, these actions include focusing on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by developing clean technology solutions and adopting sustainable best practices throughout industries and economies. However, truly sustainable change cannot be achieved simply by moving away from traditional technologies and energy sources. Climate change mitigation and adaptation is closely tied to human rights and public health, and we cannot address the former without incorporating the latter. All parties must come “Together for Implementation” to break down the silos between environmental sustainability, equity, and poverty eradication to ensure a just transition.
At ISC, we build collaborative partnerships to improve the equitable distribution of clean energy resources to divested communities, increase community resilience and energy efficiency, and ensure local communities have a voice at decision-making tables. With the climate crisis accelerating and the need for equitable action growing, ISC will take a more active role in COP27 and, more importantly, work to broaden the platform from which we will expand the global discussion of climate equity and just transition in the coming months.