Pre-COP26 Summit: Sino-American Youth Dialogue on Climate Change

2021-08-24

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Extreme weather, ferocious wildfire and rising sea levels are dire threats to the world as climate change intensifies. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the earth will hit its tipping point earlier than expected if we fail to keep temperature rise under 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

As the window of opportunity continues to shrink, it is critical that nations, in particular China and the US, band together to cut emissions. China has pledged to peak carbon emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060. The U.S. rejoined the Paris Agreement and aimed to cut carbon emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030. COP26, which will be held in Glasgow this November, marks the first meeting since the landmark Paris Agreement’s measures took effect.

What should governments do to confront climate emergency? How should businesses develop sustainability strategies to achieve net zero emissions? What are the actions that we, as individuals, could do to reduce wastage and gas emissions?

Co-hosted by Tsinghua University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Sino-American Youth Dialogue on Climate Change (SAYD) will be held in October 8, a month prior to COP26. With the support from renowned climate experts, the aim of the event is to offer a platform for young people from China and the U.S. to put forward ideas and suggestions for the COP26 to address climate change and sustainable development. Learn more about the event at the event's official website.

The event is sponsored by the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF).