On September 12 local time, “California Climate Summit” was held in San Francisco. Niu Gensheng read out “Global Climate Action Initiative” on behalf of Chinese philanthropists.
This year’s California Climate Summit was jointly initiated by Jerry Brown, Governor of California, and Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York. Co-chairs of the summit include Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative on Climate Change Affairs, Jerry Brown, Governor of California, Michael Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group. Niu Gensheng, Founder and Honorary President of our Foundation, and Secretary-general An Yaqiang accepted the innovation and participated in the summit.
In 2018, under the call of Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative on Climate Change Affairs, Chinese philanthropists represented by Mr. Niu Gensheng, Mr. Dang Yanbao, Ms. He Qiaonv, Mr. Ai Luming and Mr. Wang Shi, actively responded to the challenge of climate change with practical actions and jointly launched “Global Climate Action Initiative”, so as to give full support to the Chinese government as it acts to honor a series of climate change commitments made by China’s President Xi Jinping, actively participate in the global research and practice of tackling climate change and sustainable development, begin with ourselves, and take positive actions to play a key role in promoting the implementation of increasing 2 more degrees Celsius and global green low-carbon development in Paris Agreement.
On the afternoon of September 12 local time, at the Global Climate Action Summit China Pavilion in San Francisco, California, the ‘Global Climate Action Initiative’ was launched under the expectant eye of government, business, academic and philanthropic leaders around the globe, and led by Mr. Xie Zhenhua, China’s Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs, and Co-Chair of the Global Climate Action Summit.
Ten Chinese philanthropic organizations, foundations and research institutions formally launched the initiative as founding sponsors: the Lao Niu Foundation; Yanbao Charity Foundation; Beijing Qiaonyu Foundation; Vanke Foundation; SEE Foundation; Institutes of Science and Development of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Global Environmental Institute; China Global Philanthropy Institute; Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development of Tsinghua University; and Tsinghua University Education Foundation. The initiative was set in motion with a view to giving full support to the Chinese government as it acts to honor a series of climate change commitments made by China’s President Xi Jinping. These commitments include making a national contribution to the global effort to curb climate change, promoting South-South cooperation in curbing climate change, and building a green "Belt and Road Initiative". The initiative calls on the entire country and the rest of the international community to respond actively to climate change and take immediate action to encourage sustainable development, thereby getting all parties on board in a joint effort to achieve a global ecological civilization.
At the launching ceremony of “Global Climate Action Initiative” and dialog between eastern and western philanthropists, Xie Zhenhua, China’s Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs, and Co-Chair of the Global Climate Action Summit, delivered the opening speech; as a representative of the Chinese philanthropists present at the ceremony, Niu Gensheng, the Founder and Honorary President of Lao Niu Foundation, read out the initiative for action; He Jiankun, former Vice President of Tsinghua University, Dang Yanbao, the Founder and Director General of Yanbao Charity Foundation, spoke as a representative of the Chinese entrepreneurs and philanthropists in attendance.
The “Global Climate Action Initiative” Statement
- Tackle Climate Change with Actions
September 12, 2018, California, USA
Climate change is one of the most severe challenges facing the entire human race at present. It is an issue that requires cooperation and joint efforts from all countries. Paris Agreement reached on 2015 United Nations Paris Climate Summit agreed to the objective of no more than 2℃ of global temperature rise and, so far, there are already 190 countries and regions making “national independent contribution” to tackling climate change. However, the developing countries are lacking the fund, technology and related competences to formulate planning and implement actions. It has become the biggest challenge and most imperious demand for realizing the objectives stated in Paris Agreement.
In the past ten years, China’s domestic actions and international cooperation in tackling climate change have effectively promoted the process of global climate governance and promoted the realization and effectiveness of Paris Agreement. In order to implement President Xi Jinping’s requirement for building a community of shared future for mankind, promote and guide the establishment of fair, reasonable, cooperative and win-win system for global climate governance, and promote the green, low-carbon and sustainable development in China and the whole world, we, the Chinese philanthropists, foundations, research departments from universities and social welfare institutions, put forward the initiative of “Global Climate Action”.
I. Give full support to the Chinese government as it acts to honor a series of climate change commitments made by China’s President Xi Jinping, actively participate in the global research and practice of tackling climate change and sustainable development, seek common development in the construction of global ecological civilization, and make contribution to building a community with shared future for humanity and building a clean and beautiful world.
II. Begin with ourselves, take positive actions to implement Paris Agreement, practice green, low-carbon and cyclic ideas of development, consciously complete our own tasks in energy conservation and emission reduction and protecting ecological environment, make our contribution to implement China’s objective in making “national independent contribution” to tackling climate change.
III. Strengthen international dialogue and support Chinese government to actively participate in the multilateral process in tackling climate change. Support the dialogues on the levels of “BASIC countries”, “like-minded developing countries group”, “Group of 77 + China”, Sino-EU, Sino-US, multilateral climate dialogue, and local governments and related non-governmental parties.
IV. Actively participate in the South-South cooperation of climate change and promote developing countries to achieve the objectives of sustainable development while realizing the objectives of tackling climate change in Paris Agreement. Through conducting training and exchanges, help developing countries in building relevant capacities, conduct the pilot activity of low-carbon activity with coordinated development between climate action and economic society, and promote green and low-carbon projects and products that save energy, improve energy use efficiency, develop renewable energy sources and use clean cook stoves. Participate in the building of green “Belt and Road” and improve social responsibility.
V. Carry out actions to adapt to climate change and support developing countries to give special attention to adaptive actions by taking them as a part of the objective of “national independent contribution”. Protect forest and other natural ecosystems and near-shore ecological environment from the harm and influence of climate change, and support developing countries to protect coastal ecosystems such as coastal mangrove forest.
VI. Set up training classes, lectures and online courses for climate change, set up special scholarships and exchange student mechanisms, and support China and other developing countries to cultivate reserve talents in the field of tackling climate change.
VII. In order to achieve “Global Climate Action” initiative, Chinese philanthropists and other foundations will actively participate and make efforts to raise China’s green fund for climate change, and reflect the support to tackling global climate change and implementation of Paris Agreement from Chinese society.
Mr. Bloomberg accepted the offer to serve as Co-Chair of China's Global Climate Action, and in doing so, will work with Mr. Xie and other partners to encourage China and the world to increase the effort to curb climate change.
After the ‘Global Climate Action Initiative’ was launched, philanthropic representatives from East and West held roundtable talks on the subject of a "Global Action Plan for Coping with Climate Change." Among those participating were Mr. Niu Gensheng, Mr. Dang Yanbao, Mr. Ai Luming (Executive Chairman, SEE Foundation), Mr. Wang Shi (Chairman, Vanke Foundation), Mr. Jonathan PERSHING (Program Director of Environment, Hewlett Foundation; former Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State), Mrs. Shenyu BELSKY (China Program Director & Chief Representative of RBF Beijing Office, Rockefeller Brothers Fund), Ms. Antha WILLIAMS (Climate Change Project Manager, Bloomberg Foundation), Ms. Kate HAMPTON (CEO of Children's Investment Fund Foundation), Mr. Nathan ARGENT (Program Officer for the Environment Program, Oak Foundation), and Mr. Dong Ce (President of Beijing Qiaonyu Foundation).
During “Dialogue Between Eastern and Western Philanthropists”, Niu Gensheng mentioned: “in recent 10 years, Lao Niu Foundation has done 28 projects in the field of environmental protection. Among them, the most important work regarding climate change is to “explore a set of solution or restoration mode”, namely to ‘build carbon sequestration forest and develop the land utilization mode that adapts to climate change’. In past 8 years, the Foundation has cumulatively donated over 100 Million Yuan and built 70,000 mu carbon sequestration forests in the arid and semi-arid areas in China (in the next 30 years, they can absorb a fixed amount of 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide)… global climate is like a board of chess, only by global linkage can we improve efficiency. In the past ten years, Lao Niu Foundation has conducted good cooperation with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Paulson Institute and obtained practical results in terms of environmental protection and greenhouse gas reduction…”