In a video appearance
, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, suggested the structure for tackling climate change should resemble a spider web, representing a complex network linking stakeholder actions across multiple levels.
But beyond charting what the model should look like, participants emphasized a need to link these discussions with adequate on-the-ground solutions to the most urgent environmental challenges.
The commitments made at Rio+20 — including environmental pledges made by the business sector — provided hope that the global community can start to achieve meaningful changes, said Ben Cashore
, a professor of environmental governance and political science at F&ES and another event organizer. But those commitments won’t matter without smart, coordinated efforts on the ground, he said.
“Whatever model we take, we have to do a better job of linking discussions about these instruments and designs to some kind of expectations of why they might actually solve the problems,” he said.
“The conference made it very clear: There’s no more time to waste having broad discussions about instrument choices that are divorced from the actual problems they seek to address.”
The event generated widespread interest on social media, where Twitter users published more than 800 separate “tweets” about the event (#RioTo2015
), generating more than 700,000 impressions during the event, according to the NRDC.