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The UN global climate meeting is around the corner

United Nations by John Samuel
United Nations by John Samuel

As goes California, so goes the world. With our state poised to overtake Germany as the fourth-largest economy in the world, it’s even more essential for Sacramento policymakers to attend the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt in two weeks. There, they can learn from other pioneers and first-adopters, share California’s progress, and come home ready to push for action commensurate with the rapidly worsening climate crisis.

The Climate Center is an official Observer NGO to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As an Observer, we’re able to help a limited number of California policymakers and nonprofit leaders gain entrance to the annual gathering that draws more than 30,000 attendees from all over the world. 

This year, we are delighted to be co-hosting an official side event at COP27 with the California Energy Commission and the National Renewable Energy Lab. This panel will explore the Grid for the Future: how clean energy solutions like rooftop solar and batteries can serve as the foundation for a modern, reliable electric system. And throughout the event, we’ll learn from global climate leaders who are helping to decarbonize their countries. 

Thanks to the activism of our supporters and the collaborative work of The Climate Center, California is stepping up as a climate leader once again. But with the latest analysis showing the world is doing “nowhere near enough,” it’s time for us to do even more. California can and must end the fossil fuel era and accelerate equitable climate action. Engaging with leaders at COP27 is one key step in that direction. Stay tuned for more updates from Egypt!