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London Climate Action Week

The world’s largest city-based climate change festival prepares to return for a sixth year
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
Shirley Rodrigues, London Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, at LCAW 2023

This article first appeared in our World Environment Day issue of My Green Pod Magazine, published 05 June 2024. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

Main image: Shirley Rodrigues, London Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, speaking at the launch of LCAW 2023

Founded in 2019 by independent climate change think tank E3G and the Mayor of London, London Climate Action Week (22 June-30 June) is one of the world’s largest independent climate change festivals of events.

It brings together local and global experts from across sectors to showcase London as a leading example of how the whole of society can come together to shape and drive climate action.  

The week itself is made up of hundreds of independent events during which leaders, experts and community representatives tackle climate issues, share their knowledge and develop practical solutions both within their sectors and across the wider economy. 

London Climate Action Week 2024 will unite leaders from across society to collaborate on four key themes: climate diplomacy and the road to climate ambition at COP30, finance, UK net zero transition and mobilising whole of society action.

Leadership from London

‘London has an ambitious target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, but the UK government’s climate action plan is failing to support this, having been recently ruled as unlawful by the High Court for its lack of clarity’, says Nick Mabey, founder and co-chief executive of E3G. ‘London can play a crucial role in providing a clear vision, ambition and resources to accelerate climate action across the UK and beyond, drawing on its strengths in innovation, finance, education and the arts.’

The sixth version of the annual festival will harness the capital’s world-leading expertise to tackle challenges from climate risk and resilience in London to financing the climate transition at a global scale.

‘This year’s London Climate Action Week comes at a pivotal moment, with 2024 seeing elections in the UK and across the world where climate change is on the agenda’, Nick added. ‘This will set the political backdrop for countries to increase their climate ambition in 2025 and finally put the world on track to meet the goals agreed in Paris a decade ago. London Climate Action Week needs to be a starting gun for building the diplomatic pathway and financial support needed to make this happen.’

More than 300 events

London Climate Action Week has evolved into the world’s largest city-based climate change festival.

In 2023 it attracted over 45,000 attendees through over 200 in-person and online events.

This year more than 300 events are expected to be held by organisations including the P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards, Reset Connect and Blue Earth Forum.

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