The threat of climate change calls for a global call to action and a worldwide transformation. The scientific evidence is clear that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must dramatically decrease to avoid detrimental climatic impacts.
The planet is clearly communicating its distress, but also it offers a solution and a roadmap to recovery. Nature doesn’t waste resources, and all materials circulate to regenerate systems. The circular economy reflects those qualities and aligns human activities within planetary boundaries.
Climate action and circular economy strategies are closely intertwined. The Circle Economy’s 2021 Circularity Gap Report found that circular economy strategies can reduce GHG emissions by 39% and cut virgin resource use by 28%.
Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel and Zero Waste Conference Keynote Speaker, reflects on the link between circularity and climate: “To make [circular economy] real, as the [Circularity Gap Report] shows, will require many efforts and a system change, also in our understanding of the circular economy and its relation to climate change. We need to embrace dematerialization, rethink concepts of ownership and move from resource efficiency to resource sufficiency.”
This link is critical to keep top of mind, as the world’s nations meet in early November for the annual UN Global Climate Conference (COP26). This year’s conference is especially notable as nations are set to update their emissions reductions plans.
On October 28, 2021, the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Virtual Conference will prime audiences for these conversations with inspiring and educational speakers only a few days before COP26. Businesses, governments and non-profits are aligning with circular economy principles to build a resilient, carbon neutral and circular future. Hear from these leaders, engage with peers during the networking breaks, and learn innovative strategies for a prosperous and sustainable world.