A recent trip to China, after an absence of seventeen years, let me experience the sheer rate of
It brought home to me yet again; the separation between capital and operations, especially within budgets. Environmental implementations are often brought in after the buildings or plants have been built. Far better if buildings and factories, new settlements and towns are green from the ground up.
The June issue of Harvard Business Review includes a warning that pollution in
However instead of berating
However for countries that want to raise their population’s living standards including the dreadful spectre of poverty, it will appear far more urgent for them (at this stage) then the thickening smog in their cities, the rising sea levels or the heating of the planet.
Growth need not be stopped, simply changed. Those with sustainable technology and knowledge need to help others implement greener, lower-emitting technology and practices for less-impactful growth. When we do business with other countries we can share our own sustainable practices and the reasons for them over more polluting systems. We can suggest and we can incorporate greener ways in our own global dealings.
It is not that developing countries are the problems (we all emit after all), it is rather that we all are part of the solutions.