Forests are critical to climate security. According to the latest IPCCC report, about 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are tied to deforestation; with up to 20 percent of all the abatement potential identified in the land-use sector.
The ideas and commitments that emerge throughout Climate Week will shape the global dialogue taking place in Paris later this fall, during which there is hope to reach an international agreement on how to more positively inhabit our planet.
I hope that world leaders attending COP21 will listen to Pope Francis, act with courage and conviction and emerge from the conference with an agreement that, in the words of the Pope, "protects our common home."
On September 21, hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens will gather in New York City for the Peoples Climate March. Our presence will demonstrate the groundswell of support for cutting carbon pollution and global action on climate change.
As well as mitigating global issues such as climate change, nature reduces the impact an extreme event would otherwise have, and can support local sustainable livelihoods for the poor; which is key to coping with disaster.
Women are more vulnerable to climate impacts due to their unequal position in society. But with their unique knowledge and perspectives, women hold the keys to adaptation strategies and are critical to implementing mitigation plans at the grassroots level.
By the sheer number of initiatives in this arena and the degree to which other efforts are trying to hitch their wagon to the trend, it is clear that something important is afoot. Will merely knowing more about these impacts necessarily lead to dramatically better sustainability outcomes?
In the midst of this year's "Arab Spring," approximately 149 countries formalized the creation of the International Renewable Energy Agency called IRENA, a relatively new entity designed to accelerate renewable energy adoption.
It's officially Climate Week. In case you feel discouraged that you can't do enough, remember Gandhi's words: "Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."