Over the last several years, we have witnessed a barrage of commitments from governments, businesses and others who have promised action to slow climate change and create a more sustainable world. Yet, too often these promises have gone unfulfilled. As the world begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is time for world leaders to back up their words with action.

The question is: Will they deliver?

This year’s Stories to Watch featured WRI’s new President and CEO Ani Dasgupta, who stepped into the role in 2021. Ani shared insights into the big stories in 2022, including what it will take for governments and businesses to translate their commitments into real action.

We discussed some of the world’s most pressing questions: How to accelerate the energy transition? Will net-zero climate commitments become more credible? What will happen to the bold pledges to end deforestation, the surge in electric vehicles, and much more.

Watch the presentation from Ani Dasgupta and view the accompanying slides.

This podcast – with Ani Dasgupta interviewed by Nicholas Walton – looks at the background of the Stories to Watch for 2022, and the big changes in the world that have informed them.