Thailand is on the verge of a solar energy transformation as private companies have committed to investing at least USD 2 billion over the next five years in solar power production.
Last year was a banner year both for the winning activities and the Momentum for Change initiative itself. New partnerships and new celebrity endorsements amplified our messages more than ever before.
We were delighted to team up with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador and Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder to produce an inspiring documentary that highlights the growing global momentum towards tackling climate change.
Ian Somerhalder narrating the Climate Heroes: Stories of Change.
Our animated video narrated by screen star Mark Ruffalo ran on CNN and CNBC as a free public service announcement for several months last year and was seen by millions of people worldwide. Watch the video here.
At the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, we organized a series of special events and activities to tell the stories of our 12 inspiring Lighthouse Activities. Our annual Oscars-like event to showcase and celebrate the winning activities was a conference highlight, featuring remarks from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. To help recognize the achievements of the 2014 Lighthouse Activities, attendees at the gala event were treated to powerful photos, inspirational videos and a lively musical performance by Novalima, a Latin Grammy-nominated band. Charly Alberti, Founder and Director of the Latin American sustainability organization R21, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.
We had a live demonstration of one of the technologies used by a Lighthouse Activity that works in Indonesia. Celebrity chefs Gastón Acurio and Virgilio Martínez took time out of their busy schedules to make a traditional dish using clean cook stoves. The event generated dozens of media headlines across Latin America, underscoring the importance of transformational climate action.
Our Advisory Panel – our committed team of experts from various fields and countries – continued to grow, with 25 members comprising the panel in 2014.
By curtailing desertification, the Bhungroo technology helps women to build resilience to climate change and serves to rejuvenate local biodiversity.
This year is shaping up to be a historic one for the future of our planet.
The 2014 Lighthouse Activities, together with what promises to be another outstanding group of winning activities in 2015, shows that action on climate change is not only possible but that it is already happening.
Showcasing the great leadership of people around the world taking action on climate change can inspire national governments to be more ambitious in their own policies and actions, injecting confidence into the global movement towards a new, universal climate change agreement in Paris later this year.
Christiana Figueres looks out over the Himalayan mountains in Nepal, following a site visit to Momentum for Change award-winning project BioComp Nepal in Kathmandu.