At the Food4Climate Pavilion during COP27 last month it was very much #ACopHalfFull of optimism as food system experts said they were confident that real change – that can deliver a better future for people and planet – is well underway.

I caught up with an old friend of mine and of the Inside Ideas podcast, author Felix Dodds, Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute, outside the Food4Climate Pavilion, and asked if it was a #ACopHalfFull for him looking towards the future.

“It is half full,” he said. “There is a lot of optimism. The Glasgow COP was able to start a number of processes that were perhaps not in the negotiations: the coalitions of the willing. That is where we are going to see some of the advancements. There was one on finance, one on methane, and one on forests. And I think that if we can build around those and they start to deliver, then the temperature target that we are going for of 1.5 °C is more deliverable.”

His latest book, which he co-authored with Chris Spence, Heroes of Environmental Diplomacy: Profiles in Courage, was published this summer and I look forward to Felix coming back on Inside Ideas in the new year to tell us all about it.

On #ACopHalfFull tour of @COP27P @marcearth finds more reasons to be cheerful about the #future with author @felixdodds confident that temperature goals can be met if govts move a bit quicker to deliver on their promises #COP27 pic.twitter.com/xvN8A4iPeb

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