Media headlines about climate change are largely focused on problems, obstacles and challenges. Bad news sells, right? One of the most covered news story of 2017 is Donald Trump withdrawing from the Paris Agreement – and it’s right that it should get so much attention because it’s a big deal.
Sometimes news like this leads me to feel that we are not collectively doing enough to manage the risks of climate change and that it is an insurmountable issue. I know that is not the case. But it’s good to take the opportunity to remind ourselves of some positive news.
The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented commitment to address the challenges of climate change. Alongside that, the significance of the commitments by businesses, organisations and governments to a global sustainable development agenda should not be underestimated.
It’s easy to forget the positive momentum that COP 21 and subsequent Paris Agreement generated, because this doesn’t always make the news and as humans, we have a natural negativity bias. But the momentum does continue.
There has been a lot going on in the world of international climate finance. Here are four examples of initiatives that are providing the resources, funding and capabilities to help countries move forward in their commitments to limit dangerous climate change.
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