TEDxUNEP: Racing to Zero with Higher Education

We invite you to join an upcoming TEDxUNEP event focusing on the topic of higher education decarbonization as part of the Race to ZeroThe event will take place on October 13, 2020 during the launch of Countdown

With the UN Secretary General's Covid-19 response emphasizing the need to develop national recovery plans which  include climate-positive actions such as decarbonizing all expects of our economies, and with young people around the world calling for a repurposing of the education system, this conversation couldn't be more timely. 

Both Countdown and Race To Zero are global campaigns to rally leadership and support from governments, businesses, and other institutions for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. 

Hundreds of colleges and universities from around the world have committed to the Race to Zero's goal of Net-Zero by 2050 at the latest. Many have also signed onto interim goals or have committed to reach carbon neutrality by 2030 or before. UNEP, Second Nature, EAUC and others are working with campuses worldwide to achieve their reductions and serve as a catalyst for others to take action.

The event will seek to:
- Explore actionable and cost-effective pathways to CO2 emissions reduction
- Understand the role of higher education as a leader in decarbonization
- Discuss the engagement in Race To Zero in the lead-up to COP-26

This program will include speakers such as:
- Nigel Topping, UK High Level Champion for Climate Action, COP26
- Joyce Msuya, Deputy Director, UNEP
- Michael Drake, President, University of California System
- H.E. Matilda Ernkrans, Minister of Higher Education and Research, Sweden 

The event will be co-hosted by Second Nature and UNEP's Youth, Education & Advocacy Unit. This webinar is free and open to the public. If you are not available on the day of the program, you can still register and a link to the recorded program will be sent to you after the event.