Not that I probably need to say anything, as most readers of this blog probably follow Climate Shifts even closer, however, Paul Gilding has just posted an excellent piece, well worth a read, “A climate storm for investors“.
He makes the point that all this denial has actually worked in the favour of climate science – with so many independent reviews that have taken place, very few other occurrences have led to there being less doubt in the science. Climate change is occurring and is largely the result of our actions. Laframboise’s audit misses the mark (she’s currently working on a book regarding the “weakness” of the 4th IPCC report – I wonder what will become of that?) and other wishful thinking will come to nothing. The world is changing and failing to appreciate this will leave investors and companies behind.
I guess in a lot of ways, this is the point to the new open project that I’ve begun. This is the guts to innovation. Like the Slow Money initiative, there is room to think differently and question current practices. It is possible to do things in new ways that are increasingly sustainable, lead to great species protection and will lead to a higher standard of living for everyone.
I have to admit, all this discussion is very exciting to me. It is terrible that environmentally speaking, we got ourselves to this point before we could no longer ignore the reflection, but despair is just another form of inaction. We need to highlight the points made by Paul Gilding and others and start being proactive and inventive!