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Solutions sought at Bermuda Climate Summit

Ian Walker, principal curator, Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Eight environmental charities will participate in the second annual Bermuda Climate Summit, presented by the Bermuda Business Development Agency, in partnership with KBRA.

The two-day event will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club.

Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo, Bermuda Audubon Society, Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences, Bermuda National Trust, Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme, Beyond Plastic, Keep Bermuda Beautiful and Living Reefs Foundation, will all provide delegates with information about their stewardship of Bermuda’s environment and natural resources.

Five eco-excursions, including tree-planting and environmental clean-ups, have also been organised.

Ian Walker, the principal curator at BAMZ, said: “The Bermuda Zoological Society has been teaching about Bermuda’s environment for over four decades. We believe it is essential for each generation to understand the importance of our island environment home and how uniquely fragile it is.

“Climate change is a massive threat to all of us, especially those living on islands, and it is essential that we and the rest of the world gain a better understanding of the challenges and how we can combat them.”

Joshua Rosenberg, the chief risk officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, will bring the event to a close on Tuesday, alongside Stephen Weinstein, BIOS chairman and past BDA chairman.

Mr Weinstein said: "Bermuda's future as a global capital for climate finance is built on a foundation of blue chip, globally renowned regulatory excellence, business leadership in reinsurance and insurance, and the human capital that has built up on the island over the decades.

“The solutions we need to adapt to climate change and foster transition require business, public policy, and applied science innovation and collaboration across those domains.

“The century-long legacy of the BIOS; Bermuda’s deep infrastructure of business, research and regulatory expertise and talent; and culture of daring but disciplined innovation all contributes to Bermuda’s ideal positioning for climate leadership.”

David Hart, the BDA CEO, said: “Climate risk is global but it is important to remember that this work starts at a local level.

“Bermuda is the perfect place to develop climate risk solutions, attract and deploy capital investments and create blue and green jobs of the future. We encourage the public not to miss this opportunity to meet these global climate leaders and engage in this important dialogue.”

Walter Roban, the deputy premier, will kick off summit proceedings on Monday in conversation with Jim Nadler, president & CEO, KBRA, followed by a keynote luncheon with Suzanne Johnson, senior adviser to the United Nations Global Compact Ocean Stewardship Coalition.

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Published June 24, 2023 at 9:48 pm (Updated June 25, 2023 at 7:31 pm)

Solutions sought at Bermuda Climate Summit

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