+$On Day 1 at COP21, while world leaders expressed their concerns about the future of our planet, they also showed great optimism.
+$WWF believes that in order to maximize the outcome in Paris, a new global agreement should:
+$1. Create a plan to close the ambition gap, including finance and other support to accelerate action beyond current pledges;
+$2. Deliver support to vulnerable countries to limit climate impacts and address unavoidable damage;
+$3. Establish a clear long-term 2050 goal to move away from fossil fuels and to renewable energy and sustainable land use.
+$Forests were a big theme for day 2. Did you know that 31% of the world’s land surface is covered in forests? Although that sounds like a surplus of green, we’re losing them at a rate of 8 football fields every 10 seconds.+$Learn more about why forests matter+$and what forest owners right here in the US are doing to+$help fight climate change.
+$Additionally, today, more than 100 companies joined WWF in calling for climate action in Paris with a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal. They pledged to continue efforts to ensure a just transition to a low-carbon, energy-efficient US economy. These companies represent a broad cross-section of driving forces behind the US economy: high-tech, energy, lifestyle, manufacturing, and food and beverage sectors. And combined, they represent more than $2.8 trillion in market capitalization.
+$For more about how businesses can help spur progress in Paris and beyond, take a moment to read Suzanne Apple’s insights in this+$OnBalance Post。
+$A low-carbon future continued as a hot topic of conversation, with African heads of state making a massive commitment through the African Renewable Energy Initiative. WWF’s Asrat Yirgu and Samantha Smith+$weighed in on the transformational announcement。
+$Stay tuned for more updates!