Every year since 2015, cities from all over the world take part in the Global Week of Green Business and the Climate Movement, an initiative coordinated by Ecopreneurs for the Climate, seeking to empower ecopreneurs (eco-entrepreneurs) that provide sustainable, cooperative and sound business solutions to challenges derived from climate change and inequalities. Besides promoting and connecting climate heroes, the Week also contributes to strengthening local green economy ecosystems, boosting sustainable business networks, and ultimately implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.
The 2017 Edition –ECO4CLIM17, an UNFCCC COP23 endorsed initiative– takes place this week –October 16–22- in 27 cities from 18 countries around the planet, with 3 cities having already opened proceedings two weeks ago: Berlin (Germany), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), and Medellín (Colombia). Looking back, in 2015 7 cities from 4 countries hosted events for ECO4CLIM15, with Ciclogreen -global winner- taking part in the historic UNFCCC COP21 Climate Summit in Paris. In 2016, the movement grew reaching 22 cities from 16 countries (ECO4CLIM16), and concluding at the COP22 in Marrakech where Elum Energy presented at a UN Foundation panel. Keeping with tradition, ECO4CLIM17’s global winner will participate in the COP23 in Bonn (Germany) on November 6-17, taking the voice and solutions of ecopreneurs and sustainable SMEs to world decision makers.
Events within the Week comprise an expert panel where a diversity of stakeholders (business, civil society, academia & research, public administration, etc.) identify concrete challenges posed by climate change locally, and outline opportunities for green business creation; and the 2017 Climate Champion Awards where high-potential ecopreneurs and SMEs pitch their sustainable impact to the audience and jury, focusing on their mitigation and adaptation/resilience strategies. Prizes vary from city to city and may include media interviews, mentoring, coworking, various business-to-business services, and the chance to present at the COP23 for the global winner.
Humanity finds itself at a defining crossroads in time. Two starkly opposed paths lie ahead of us: the “business-as-usual” choice leading rapidly to inhabitability and chaos; and a positive vision rooted on the 5 pillars of Hope: empathy, re-connection with Nature, long-term thinking, community and networks. Climate change is our greatest menace, but also the greatest opportunity in history for profound regeneration towards a more inclusive, fair, and sustainable economy. We thus call to all climate-championing ecopreneurs and changemakers the world over to join this empowering “glocal” movement, and lead communities to a better future.
So attend an event in your city, debate with expert panelists, join the conversation on Twitter (the hashtag is #ECO4CLIM17), and meet the 2017 Climate Champions!
The global winners will present at the COP23, in front of world decisions makers!
PROGRAM OF EVENTS
Monday Oct 16
Madrid (Spain): 5:30 – 8:30 pm GMT+2
Tuesday Oct 17
Wednesday Oct 18
Thursday Oct 19
Badajoz (Spain): 9:30 am -1:30 pm GMT+2
Friday Oct 20
Lome (Togo): 10:00 am – 4:00 pm GMT
Saturday Oct 21
Phnom Penh (Cambodia): 9:00 – 11:30 am GMT+7
Sunday Oct 22
Yerevan (Armenia): 10:00 am – 2:00 pm GMT+4