Does your Board Discuss Climate Fluently? 

Board Members and Leaders aiming to make informed discussions and actions towards climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, need to be insightful on the terms used in the climate area.

1. Carbon Footprint: The total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly or indirectly by an individual, organization, event, or product. It is crucial because it quantifies the impact of our actions on global warming, guiding efforts to reduce emissions.

2. Net Zero: Refers to achieving a balance between the greenhouse gases put into the atmosphere and those removed from it. Net zero is essential in the context of global efforts to halt global warming, emphasizing the need for significant emissions reductions alongside strategies for carbon removal.

3. Nature-based Solutions (NbS): Involves using natural processes and ecosystems to address societal challenges, such as climate change, food security, and disaster risk. These solutions are often misunderstood or underestimated in their ability to provide cost-effective, scalable, and sustainable means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping societies adapt to the impacts of climate change.

4. Circular Economy: This concept focuses on redesigning our systems of production and consumption to minimize waste and make the most of resources. It’s a shift from the traditional linear economy, which follows a ‘take-make-dispose’ pattern, to a model that encourages reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing, and recycling. The circular economy aims to keep products, equipment, and infrastructure in use for longer, thus reducing the overall impact on the environment. Understanding this term is essential for moving towards sustainable economic practices.

Understanding these terms is vital for informed discussions and actions towards climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

The Climate Dictionary” by UNDP aims to demystify climate change by explaining 40 key terms in a straightforward manner. 
Recognizing the climate crisis as a global challenge, the UNDP’s dictionary is designed for broad accessibility, the dictionary encourages readers to deepen their understanding and engage in global climate action by providing clear, easily understandable definitions of complex terms.

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