WHY CHANGE? AND HOW?
Why should we do anything about the environment? Most of us are still living the way we always have and running our businesses, we are not affected … yet!
By the time many of us will be affected, in several years, it will be too late to undertake changes.
An October 2006 report by former Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank Nicholas Stern states that climate change could affect economic growth, which could be cut by one-fifth. What we need to ask is, do we want to make changes now and, at times, have slower growth as we make adjustments, or have it cut by a fifth later on anyway in a far different world to what we have known and have changes forced upon us.
Then there is stability. Most businesses flourish during periods of stability when the population feels secure and consumption goes up. As disasters and uncertainties increase people will batton down the hatches and hang on their money.
As the polar caps melt the rise of the sea level will endanger coastal cities, temperatures increase making it more conducive to a rise of epidemics such as cholera, malaria, dengue fever will increase in some areas.
Food security and water supplies will be threatened, putting pressure on crop yields. Deserts will spread further and a lot of the land will become less productive. The mass migration from coastal and less productive areas will increase scarcity of resources. Flooding, erosion, desertification and shrinking freshwater supplies displaced up to 10 million people in year 2006, and will create up to 50 million environmental refugees by the end of the decade.
All this will increase threats to peace and security as scarcity of resources leads to competition and could exacerbate already existing tensions as well as create new ones.
Hardly helpful to most of our businesses.
The positive news is that we can decrease the effects if we act.
REDUSE RE-USE RECYCLE
I leave you today with ‘Reduse, Re-use, Recycle’, perhaps one of the clearest slogans to emerge in individual action. It is simple, direct and easy to remember. We will be looking at these and other ways to help ourselves, each other and the environment.
(I am focusing on business in this blog and leave the other effects of global warming including extinction of species, etc to other non-business platforms.)
‘A water tank in every yard, solar panels on every roof.’