United World Challenge ‘Net Zero’ by 2050
As the world heats up due to anthropogenic climate change, it is increasingly urgent to transition to zero emissions, with global stakeholders calling for ‘Net Zero’ by 2050.
Transitioning to net zero while maintaining the global quality of life is challenging. Still, time and time again, humans have shown that we can achieve today what seemed impossible yesterday. We must simply be willing to do hard things.
For this, a great source of inspiration is our friend Tez Steinberg, the CEO of the United World Challenge. In his first ocean row, in 2020, Tez solo rowed from Monterey, CA to Hawaii
Tez has a saying that we might all learn from:
“Set a goal SO BIG. You have to grow into the person who can achieve it.”
Tez rose to an incredible challenge, a solo ocean row that took 71 days to cross 2700 miles alone, in the cold, against currents (yes, currents pushing you backward) against all odds, and came out with a deeper love of the ocean and connection than he ever expected.
On his way to Hawaii, his rowing seat broke, yet that didn’t stop Tez. And more than just an adventure, Tez’s journey, the United World Challenge, created a real impact.
With a global community of supporters, the Challenge funded the collection of 5,000 pounds of ocean plastic, gathered new data for microplastic research with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and raised nearly $77,000 in donations for scholarships for peace and sustainability.
As we move towards 0 emissions, it will be hard and cold; things will break, and our internal voice will tell us to give up, that it isn’t possible. Yet it is possible; we just need to do the work.
We’ll follow closely as Tez embarks to accelerate solutions for ocean and climate innovation, and we invite you to do the same.
The United World Challenge and Anthropogenic are proud partners in protecting our oceans, reducing ocean plastic, and reducing carbon emissions.