from brookings global connections -power of bold climate action
April 26, 2021
Climate change poses one of the greatest risks to sustainable development, but bold climate action can both save lives and deliver substantial economic benefits. This week, our experts weigh in on climate resilience strategies, the importance of climate change education, President Biden's climate summit, and more.
Africa could see its GDP decrease by up to 30% by 2050 due to climate change. Ede Ijjasz and Aloysius Uche Ordu identify practical policy actions African leaders can take to strengthen climate resilience on the road to economic recovery from COVID-19.
What if, with a little leadership from global heads of state, there was an opportunity to simultaneously combat climate change, strengthen the civic health of communities, and close the learning gap in 21st century skills? Christina Kwauk and Rebecca Winthrop provide a roadmap to do just that.
At about 45% of GDP, China's savings rate is among the highest in the world—its banking system alone has accumulated assets worth almost $50 trillion. Increasing the share of financing to green investment even by a fraction of these vast financial resources could go a long way in the transition to greener growth—both within China and abroad, argue Martin Raiser and Sebastian Eckardt.
This is a decisive decade for the planet as we face the dual crises of COVID-19 and climate change. In this Sustainable Development Spotlight, Amar Bhattacharya calls for strong and coordinated action across the world on four interrelated priorities.
What will come out of President Biden's climate conference?
Last week, President Biden convened 40 world leaders for a major climate conference, marking America's return to the world stage on climate action. In a series of videos, Global Vice President and Director Brahima S. Coulibaly and other Brookings scholars share their thoughts.
For more on Biden's climate summit, read analysis from Nathan Hultman, Amar Bhattacharya, and additional Brookings experts.
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