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Pearce Sustainability Consulting Group (PSCG) CEO Steven W. Pearce Attends Extreme Heat Global Summit Hosted by USAID & IFRC

Pearce Sustainability Consulting Group (PSCG) CEO Steven W. Pearce Attends Extreme Heat Global Summit Hosted by USAID & IFRC

In a concerted effort to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time, the Extreme Heat Global Summit, hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), drew a diverse array of leaders, experts, and advocates. Among them was Steven W. Pearce, the CEO of Pearce Sustainability Consulting Group (PSCG), whose presence underscored the firm’s commitment to combatting the escalating threats posed by extreme heat events worldwide.

The summit, held in a virtual format due to the ongoing global health crisis, provided a crucial platform for stakeholders to exchange knowledge, share best practices, and forge collaborations aimed at enhancing resilience and reducing the adverse impacts of extreme heat on communities, particularly the most vulnerable.

The Global Summit on Extreme Heat, held on March 28th 2024, was co-hosted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It brought together political and civil society leaders, representatives of the private sector and those from the world’s most affected communities to discuss best practice and ideas. 

Besides the co-hosts Jagan Chapagain, IFRC Secretary General and Samantha Power, USAID Administrator, speakers included John Podesta, Senior Advisor to the [US] President for International Climate Policy, His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti and Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, among others. 

During the summit, the speakers spoke about the urgent need for integrated approaches that prioritize equity and social justice in addressing the multifaceted challenges associated with extreme heat. They stressed the importance of holistic solutions that encompass urban planning, infrastructure development, public health interventions, and community empowerment.

As thought leaders in sustainability and resilience, the speakers brought valuable insights to the table, drawing on their extensive experience in working with diverse stakeholders across sectors and geographies. Their contributions resonated with fellow participants, sparking meaningful discussions on actionable strategies to build heat-resilient communities and safeguard public health in the face of escalating temperatures.

The keynote address was delivered by IFRC Secretary-General Jagan Chapagain.  

He said: 

“While hurricanes and floods often capture the headlines, extreme heat quietly exacts a toll on lives and livelihoods . . . In 2024 we declare extreme heat a priority . . . Let us be the architects of resilience, the enablers of hope.” 

Chapagain laid out four key actions that need to take place. The first is protecting the vulnerable, particularly those in urban areas and in marginalised communities. The second is investing in early warning systems and anticipatory actions. The third is forging partnerships across borders, and the fourth is putting local communities in the driving seat of change. 

Samantha Power, Administrator of USAID, said: 

“At a time when some have grown numb with increasingly familiar headlines about ‘hottest days on record’, we absolutely need to resolve never to get used to the scale of this problem, never to get used to the threat it poses to human life.”  

Following the summit, an online ‘Heat Action Hub’ has been established where people can share experiences and best practice when it comes to tackling extreme heat. The IFRC and USAID have jointly announced a ‘sprint of action’ on extreme heat which will run up to a ‘Global Day of Action on Extreme Heat’ on June 2, 2024. 

Steven W. Pearce’s participation in the summit highlighted PSCG’s dedication to driving actionable solutions informed by scientific research and community engagement. With a focus on sustainable development and climate resilience, PSCG has established itself as a key player in the field, offering innovative strategies to help governments, businesses, and organizations adapt to a rapidly changing climate.

In addition to attending this monumental event, Pearce seized the opportunity to explore potential collaborations with other summit attendees, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and private sector partners. By fostering partnerships and leveraging collective expertise, PSCG aims to amplify its impact and drive positive change on a global scale.

As the Extreme Heat Global Summit concluded, Steven W. Pearce reaffirmed PSCG’s unwavering commitment to advancing sustainability, resilience, and social equity in the face of climate change. By engaging in collaborative efforts and championing innovative solutions, PSCG continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a more sustainable and resilient future for all.

The participation of Steven W. Pearce and Pearce Sustainability Consulting Group (PSCG) in the Extreme Heat Global Summit underscores the critical importance of collective action and collaboration in addressing the escalating threats posed by extreme heat events worldwide. As the impacts of climate change intensify, it is imperative for stakeholders across sectors to come together to develop and implement holistic solutions that prioritize equity, resilience, and sustainability.

A recording of the summit can be watched here.

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