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Optimism About Cop 26

U.S.-China Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s 

    "The United States and China recall their Joint Statement Addressing the Climate Crisis of April 17th, 2021. They are committed to its effective implementation and appreciate the intensive work that has taken place to date and the value of continued discussion. The United States and China, alarmed by reports including the Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report released on August 9th, 2021, further recognize the seriousness and urgency of the climate crisis."

    The two sides intend to cooperate on: 

    • regulatory frameworks and environmental standards related to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in the 2020s; 
    • maximizing the societal benefits of the clean energy transition; 
    • policies to encourage decarbonization and electrification of end-use sectors;  
    • key areas related to the circular economy, such as green design and renewable resource utilization; anddeployment and application of technology such as CCUS and direct air capture.

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    "How Can We Unleash the Power of Optimism?"

    The New York Times Climate Hub asked "How Can We Unleash the Power of Optimism?"

    "Optimism is arguably our most underappreciated resource in a time of crisis. While it’s natural, and emotionally necessary, to confront the reality we face, the only thing that will stop us from succumbing to a doomful and disempowered mindset is the belief — and the reasons to believe — that we have a fighting chance. We have the resources, the research, the technologies, the deployment channels and the skills to act on climate successfully; we just need the collective will and belief to coordinate all these efforts. How do we unleash this power? How can we turn optimism into a global strategy?"

    Zhuli Hess, Program Officer, Environment, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    "This year in Glasgow, as I met with the many familiar and new faces (albeit behind masks), I reflected on our collective journey to combat climate change and preserve the future for our children and grandchildren. That reflection has me walking away from COP26 feeling more optimistic than ever."

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