Day three, the final day of The New York Times Climate Forward conference at The Conduit, gave us some of the most powerful moments of the programme.
The Conduit’s Solution Stage on Curbing Plastic Pollution gave us insight into the powerful potential of seaweed and presented a world that turns waste plastic into the currency of the future – trash is inevitable, action is not.
‘We need to unite the concerns of people worried about getting to the end of the week, with those worried about the end of the world.’ Words from Ed Miliband, Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Net Zero and Labour M.P., that pertinently pinpointed what had been echoing across the three days – people are at the heart of the change.
Whether you were for or against the motion at the NYT debate on whether social media is damaging to the environment, it was clear that both sides agreed on the significance of unifying voices, through a screen or not.
There is a new narrative emerging and Felipe Calderon, Former President of Mexico, advocated for each individual to become their own politician – ‘Never lose hope. Keep hopes and dreams and fight for them with all you have in your heart.’
Yes, there are reasons to despair but what we have learnt throughout The New York Times Climate Forward is that we have the solutions in our back pockets – from science, to finance, technology to youth leadership, the power is there to be unleashed.
The Talmud states, ‘Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.’