Chapter III

COP24 in Katowice

Momentum for Change showcased the 2018 Lighthouse Activities during a series of special events at the Katowice Climate Conference in December 2018.
Showcase Event

Each year, Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities are celebrated and recognized at a special award ceremony, or “Showcase Event,” at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

The 2018 Showcase Event recognized the 15 winners of the 2018 Momentum for Change Awards. These winning activities comprise an impressive range of projects and personal stories that touch on sustainability, climate protection, environmental consciousness and social responsibility. At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, the 15 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities were celebrated during an exciting award ceremony, followed by a performance by American cellist Ben Sollee.

UN Climate Change Deputy Executive Secretary Ovais Sarmad highlighted the importance of sharing practical examples of what real climate action looks like with the world. “That's why your work is so important,” said Mr. Sarmad. “And it's why these awards are about more than shining a light on your projects; they're a recognition that you are beacons guiding us towards a better future.” The award ceremony was hosted by Bertrand Piccard, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and Solar Impulse CEO. “These solutions should be understood as logical and not just ecological,” said Mr. Piccard. “Even if there was no climate change, it would make absolute perfect sense to implement renewable energy, energy efficiency, new types of industries, new ways for the poorest communities to have access to health.”

Events Timeline

10 December 2018

Planetary Health: Action Hub Event

This event focused on novel solutions by communities, cities, companies, NGOs, and other institutions that balance the need for healthy communities with the stewardship of natural ecosystems. This event showcased the four winning activities of the 2018 Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award under the Planetary Health focus area.

11 December 2018

Women for Results: Action Hub Event

This event showcased the four winning activities of the 2018 Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award under the Women for Results focus area, with a moderated discussion on how to advance women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in tackling climate change and how to promote gender-responsive climate policy.

12 December 2018

Planetary Health: Food Systems Special Event

This event raised awareness of the role of food systems in addressing both climate change and the sustainable development goals as a highlight event under the Global Climate Action agenda. The event was jointly organized by EAT and the UN Climate Change secretariat’s Momentum for Change initiative, in collaboration with The Rockefeller Foundation. The event drew on findings and recommendations in the EAT-Lancet report. It also included a conversation on practical and achievable next steps – including examples by policy makers and businesses that are translating the scientific targets from the report into targets they can use. The event also featured presentations by two food-related winners of the 2018 Momentum for Change Award. Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and President, EAT Foundation, made high-level opening remarks at the event. Her positive and thought-provoking remarks explained why changing the way we eat and produce food is crucial to achieving the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

12 December 2018

Climate Neutral Now: Action Hub Event

This 60-minute event recognized efforts by companies, governments, universities, and sports teams that are achieving real results in transitioning to climate neutrality. This event showcased the four winning activities of the 2018 Momentum for Change Award under the Climate Neutral Now focus area.

13 December 2018

Financing for Climate Friendly Investment: Action Hub Event

This event recognized how innovation is playing a key role in unlocking financial resources, resulting in greater institutional capacity to fund activities that promote low-carbon growth and highly resilient communities. This event showcased the three winning activities of the 2018 Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award, under the Financing for Climate Friendly Investment focus area.

Live Streaming

Facebook Live Studio

Momentum for Change hosted five Facebook Live sessions with the Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities. These fire-side chats demonstrated how these individuals and their projects are creating positive impact in the lives of people, communities, and the health of the planet through innovative approaches.
 
Watch the Facebook Live discussions:
 

10 December 2018

Planetary Health: Action Hub Event

This event focused on novel solutions by communities, cities, companies, NGOs, and other institutions that balance the need for healthy communities with the stewardship of natural ecosystems. This event showcased the four winning activities of the 2018 Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award under the Planetary Health focus area.

12 December 2018

Planetary Health: Food Systems Special Event

This event raised awareness of the role of food systems in addressing both climate change and the sustainable development goals as a highlight event under the Global Climate Action agenda. The event was jointly organized by EAT and the UN Climate Change secretariat’s Momentum for Change initiative, in collaboration with The Rockefeller Foundation. The event drew on findings and recommendations in the EAT-Lancet report. It also included a conversation on practical and achievable next steps – including examples by policy makers and businesses that are translating the scientific targets from the report into targets they can use. The event also featured presentations by two food-related winners of the 2018 Momentum for Change Award. Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and President, EAT Foundation, made high-level opening remarks at the event. Her positive and thought-provoking remarks explained why changing the way we eat and produce food is crucial to achieving the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Live Streaming

Facebook Live Studio

Momentum for Change hosted five Facebook Live sessions with the Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities. These fire-side chats demonstrated how these individuals and their projects are creating positive impact in the lives of people, communities, and the health of the planet through innovative approaches.
 
Watch the Facebook Live discussions:
 

11 December 2018

Women for Results: Action Hub Event

This event showcased the four winning activities of the 2018 Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award under the Women for Results focus area, with a moderated discussion on how to advance women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in tackling climate change and how to promote gender-responsive climate policy.

12 December 2018

Climate Neutral Now: Action Hub Event

This 60-minute event recognized efforts by companies, governments, universities, and sports teams that are achieving real results in transitioning to climate neutrality. This event showcased the four winning activities of the 2018 Momentum for Change Award under the Climate Neutral Now focus area.

13 December 2018

Financing for Climate Friendly Investment: Action Hub Event

This event recognized how innovation is playing a key role in unlocking financial resources, resulting in greater institutional capacity to fund activities that promote low-carbon growth and highly resilient communities. This event showcased the three winning activities of the 2018 Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award, under the Financing for Climate Friendly Investment focus area.