Race to Zero

Join this global campaign today; because tomorrow is too late.

April 29, 2021 – Update to Race to Zero Guidance: The Race to Zero campaign has published its refined criteria (and accompanying interpretation guide). The press release has been posted online here.  Critical clarifications and additions in this iteration include a stronger emphasis on the need for clear interim targets (in line with halving emissions by 2030), a focus on immediate action, and enhanced specificity around the language related to residual emissions, sources and credits. The process, chaired by the University of Oxford, is summarized here.

What Is Race to Zero?
Race To Zero is a global campaign to mobilize leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a Healthy, Resilient and Fair, Zero Carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.  This includes the higher education sector as well.  

How is Second Nature Involved?
Second Nature is a partner in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC), Race to Zero (R2Z) Campaign.  As a partner, we are helping to build higher education’s support for multi-sector, global climate action leading up to COP26.  All Second Nature Climate Leadership Network signatories that meet R2Z’s criteria have been added to the R2Z list of supporters.  Second Nature invites any campus that meets or plans to meet R2Z ‘starting line criteria‘ to add their support in this campaign.

Why Now?
Quite frankly, we’re running out of time.  The decisions that governments and businesses make in the next 18 months will set the contours of the economy for many years to come. With $10-20 trillion of previously unforeseen public capital expected to be injected into the economy, economic stimulus spending has the power to either lock the world into many more years of growing pollution or set it on course to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, in line with the science on a 1.5C limit.

Tomorrow is too late.  Bottom line.  

But Why Us?
As a higher education institution, the lead you take now, and the changes you make now, not only affect your campus and your community, but the next generation of leaders; your students.  Still not convinced? Read this article.  

How Do We Join?
Complete and submit this form.  

Contact us: [email protected] 

Race to Zero Vision

We are in a race.

A race against time and against ourselves.

Against the dangerous idea that we can’t do this, that there is no way.

Unlike most races, it won’t have one winner. vIn this race we all win, or we all lose.

Winning it requires a radical, unprecedented level of collaboration, from all corners of our world. vFrom our cities, businesses, regions and investors. From people everywhere.

Together we’ll be racing for a better world. A zero carbon world.  A healthier, safer, fairer world. A world of wellbeing, abundance and joy, where the air is fresher, our jobs are well-paid and dignified, and our future is clear.

To get there we need to run fast, and get faster. We need more and more people to join the race, and right now.  This is not about 2050, it’s about today.

We chose to go to the moon once.  Now we choose to race to zero.  This too will be hard, probably harder – but that’s not why we’re choosing it.  We’re choosing it because we can.

Because we can do this, together.  And we’re already on the way.

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