It happened during the opening session of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP). COP President Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber from the host country United Arab Emirates had just received the baton from the president of COP27, Egypt's Sameh Shoukry. "We have no time to waste," Al Jaber addressed the assembled world leaders. "We start this COP with a different mindset."
The ITER stand was constantly busy with a stream of scientists, political decision-makers, climate activists, students, and journalists.
Relating to the idea of the big tent, Mowry said that it sets the scene for pulling together all stakeholders "to get the shovel in the ground before the end of the decade." Realizing fusion energy will require policy, regulation, finance, and asset management, he said. "Everybody needs to come together in a collaborative and harmonious way."
On the agenda following the announcement of a five-point international engagement plan for fusion energy by US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry (centre) was a panel titled ''An inclusive fusion energy future.'' From left to right: Michelle Patron, Senior Director of Global Sustainability Policy at Microsoft; Gabriela Hearst, Creative Director of Chloé (wearing a tokamak-themed dress that features a blueprint of ITER); Humphrey Mrema, Chairman of the Youth Survival Organization; Special Envoy Kerry; moderator Ernest Moniz, President and CEO of the Energy Futures Initiative; Costa Samaras, US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Bob Mumgaard, CEO of Commonwealth Fusion Systems.