En November last year (2022) the COP27 climate summit was heldIn which attended representatives of the Green Software Foundation, a non-profit foundation of the Linux Foundation and the Hyperledger Foundation, from the Linux Foundation, a charity project for blockchains and related open source tools.
According to information from the blog of the Linux Foundation, this last feels responsible and hopes to reduce carbon emissions through global collaboration. Also according to the foundation's blog, Linux and Hyperledger, believe they have a role to play in the rapidly evolving ecosystem.
OS-Climate members, the special interest group Hyperledger Foundation on Accounting and Climate Action and the Green Software Foundation received observer status to join leaders of government, business and non-governmental organizations to work on solving the problem of climate change.
At COP27, one thing became clear to many: the complexity of the climate crisis and the pace of change required will require open source approaches to problem solving and information sharing. Only then will we achieve the global collaboration necessary to collectively reduce carbon emissions and adapt our communities to survive extreme weather events. The Linux and Hyperledger foundations have a role to play in this rapidly evolving ecosystem.
In a blog post, the leaders of the Linux foundation's sustainability project shared their findings of the conference. They wrote that it is "clear to many" that the pace of change needed to deal with the climate crisis requires open source approaches to problem solving and information sharing.
Truman Semans, CEO of OS-Climate, shared, which OS-C staff spent “a few hundred hours” and $90 preparing to attend.
Conferences of the Parties (COPs) are three-ring circuses comprising (1) intergovernmental negotiations, (2) conferences and trade fairs, and (3) civil society conferences. They have taken place every year since the 1 COP1995 in Berlin, in which I participated as a member of the American delegation. They went from a few hundred participants at that time to 49.704 at COP27.
The main objective of the COPs is to promote the action of nations in terms of mitigation, adaptation and resilience to climate change through intergovernmental agreements on public policies and financing. A second mission is to help 'non-state actors', including businesses and financial institutions, to take action. Academic organizations and NGOs are involved to inform the negotiation process and lobby governments.
For an organization to derive significant value from its participation in a COP, it must invest a lot of time, effort and money.
We believe that the Linux Foundation (FL) can and should be the leading organization for organizing and enabling open source action on climate data and analytics. Many open source actors are involved in the UNFCCC process, in business and finance, and in civil society, but it is the Linux Foundation that has the necessary experience and capabilities.
The Linux Foundation's investment of time, effort, and resources could affect global climate action, the global environment itself, and the lives of billions of people.
La The Linux Foundation has a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in this space., and the opportunity is enormous. COP27 was an opportunity to start conversations with key players to help them understand why they should work within our ecosystem and where they fit. These relationships will be critical in strengthening our agency to positively impact this important evolving issue space.
Therefore, after this summit, the Linux Foundation is committed to exploring how different data models, current standards and open source technologies could lead to a less carbon intensive economy. In fact, according to the Linux Foundation, you are offered a crucial opportunity in the face of this situation. He adds that by developing open source solutions that provide accurate, up-to-date, organized, accessible and interoperable carbon emissions data, it would help reduce the effects of climate change.
Ideally, open source tools will be available to asset managers, banks, asset owners and real economy companies. Thus, the flow of investment and financing can be accelerated.
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