Moving forward in the war against climate change

Every once in a while,

I see something that really inspires me and makes me want to share it with as many people as possible. With the failure of any kind of comprehensive climate change agreements in Copenhagen last December, many of us were looking for what the next steps could possibly be to address climate change, given the failure of governments.

I have come to the realization that any substantive responses to global climate change are going to come from ordinary citizens, local communities, and the leadership of visionary businesses. Political leaders are driven by political imperatives that are at odds with the time-table for climate change.

In this short, animated film, you will see some inspiring history and solutions for our next steps within which we will be participating in a new low carbon economy. View this and be inspired.

Three practical things emerge for me, from this film:

  1. It’s up to us – not governments, to lead in the war against climate change.
  2. Technology offers us new ways to collaborate and share solutions.
  3. We have the technology and the solutions – we can create the change. Let’s just do it!
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2 thoughts on “Moving forward in the war against climate change

  1. “It’s up to us – not governments, to lead in the war against climate change”

    Correct. The opportunity for governments to ram climate laws down our throats has passed. People must make fighting climate change profitable for business and economical for individuals, and in real dollars not simply through subsidies.

    Moderator’s note: It would appear, through some research, that this is a comment from a resident of the US. Circumstances are slightly different in the two countries regarding climate legislation and subsidies.

  2. Moderator’s Response:

    The laws, however, do have to change unfortunately. Businesses in our respective countries have only had to account for profits and financial management. Because they have not “had to” account for social costs and environmental costs, they have chosen not to. That has to change. That requires new climate legislation and new financial laws that minimize carbon pollution.

    When we avoid paying for the social and environmental costs on the front end, the balance sheet is incomplete. Because, if we go far enough out, we then end up having to pay for the environmental consequences as costs 10 and 15 years down the road, and the public does not realize that those costs are related back to the initial events that caused pollution or health effects cumulatively down the road.

    Environmental costs and social costs must be part of the triple bottom line accounting. Once the balance sheet includes these, then the choices that businesses will make to do certain things will be influenced by this triple bottom line accounting approach. That’s just the way business works. If they have to, they will. If they don’t have to, they won’t. It changes profit-seeking from short term gain to long term sustainability. If the planet is not working, neither will businesses.

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