Global Landscapes Forum Kyoto 2019: As it happened
On 13 May, more than 170 representatives of government, NGOs, Indigenous groups, the private sector, youth, civil society, science and media gathered at the International Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan, to connect, learn and share ideas and experiences on how to move from commitment to action in creating more sustainable landscapes. During the conference, the city of Kyoto announced it would reach zero emissions by 2050.
For the first time ever, GLF launched a Digital Edition, which aired climate change videos, special addresses and art streamed live from five continents, reaching over 2 million people on social media.
I think the reason why we don’t achieve what we set out to achieve most of the time is that we don’t have essential partnerships. You find that scientists, botanists and ecologists are working in silos. So if we can all come together and work together with one objectives, then it is possible for us to achieve that.
We cannot detach from people, from community. We are working together with the community. We aim a holistic landscape approach.
We all have a role to play as individuals and collectively. We can change the way we live, we can demand more and better from our political leaders, and we can stop and end our addiction to carbon.
We have to understand that every single thing that we do shapes the world; we have to feel that in our hearts, not just articulate it in our heads.
We can all be a part of change. Remember: it’s just as important to ask #whomademyclothes as it is to remember that loved clothes last.
As individuals, we have to have a role to play in changing the world. And remember, this is not just about changing your consumer behaviors. It’s also about every single choice that you make.
Climate action improves our lives, today and always. It makes us healthier, it extends our lifespans, it helps us connect with people, and it strengthens our economies.
We need to turn the landscape approach on its head and think about where it is already being practiced by many people on the ground and learn from what’s actually happening. Hunters and farmers understand the intrinsic value of their landscapes and they manage them in a holistic manner.
Take a look back on all of the GLF Kyoto 2019 highlights, from inspiring video addresses to informative presentations
U.N. FAO urges paradigm shift in landscapes at GLF Kyoto
Changes required to achieve zero deforestation, restore forests
Daisaku Kadokawa – Opening Plenary
Changing our ways: Photo Competition
Thank you to those who contributed to the GLF Kyoto Photo Competition, whether you submitted a picture or voted. It is our pleasure to showcase the winner.