ethical obligation and a new understanding of the connectedness of our actions with our planet

cientists agree we have nine years to halve global emissions to give us a fighting


and society, and other objectives are simply the result of not wanting to be left behind,” explains GDS MD Guy Bigwood (right) .

chance of keeping temperatures at 1.5C – the best-case scenario of the Paris Agreement. But is the association meetings sector pulling its weight? The 2020 Regenerative Revolution Report by the Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Movement, suggests it’s going in the right direction, revealing that 96 per cent of event organisers considered sustainability important or extremely important, up from 91 per cent pre-Covid. “Some motivation stems from moral and

“At a high-level, I believe that the pandemic has driven us to confront the global threat of climate change more forcefully and to consider how, like the pandemic, it will alter our lives.” But the choices we make going forward will determine if we thrive or fail in the future. We explore six destinations that are flexing their green credentials.

KEY AN EXTRA COMMITMENT C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group 97 cities, represented by their mayors, tackling climate change, driving urban action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increasing health and wellbeing, and creating economic opportunities for urban citizens.

Global Destination Sustainability Index Destination level

programme to measure, benchmark, and improve sustainability strategies and performance of meetings,

events and business tourism destinations.


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