Business, Climate change, Ecosystem & Biodiversity, Governmental, World

Action for Positive Change

The Montreal Protocol is perhaps the most successful international agreement so far. It demonstrates (and gives hope) that with collective action and political will, catastrophic environmental trends can be reversed. The ozone layer depletion observed in the 1970’s was subsequently attributed to CFC gases (and others). In 1987, the Montreal Protocol was signed. Government policy makers, politicians, industry people, technologists and consumers contributed to making a change. And now, 10 years after reaching its worst in 2006, it is now confirmed that the ozone hole is reducing and projected to be “filled” by 2065. Whew!

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Source:http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldWithoutOzone/

Good news is always worth celebrating, but the point here is that major problems can be solved with global action. Solutions exist -if we start looking-, we just need to decide to make a change. This video, from the UNEP Youtube channel, explains this history of disruption and solution.

Let’s apply the same will and principles to the huge problems we face. All levels must collaborate, international organisations, policy makers, businesses, individuals… The climate crisis is multi-faceted but not impossible to solve. Specialists and scientists have been researching for decades to define, trial and refine many solutions. By aiming at sustainability, we stop contributing to the problem and become part of the solution.

The world is changing; either we choose to change with it or we are left behind. Change can be exciting!

  • Change before you have to” said Jack Welch, a great businessman
  • Everything is hard, before it’s easy” stated Goethe
  • Comply is not a vision” exclaimed visionary entrepreneur, Ray Anderson
  • The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it“, emphasizes explorer Robert Swan
  • If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” warned U. S. Army Chief of Staff, General Eric Shinseki.

These quotes urge us: Stop procrastinating. Stop blaming others. Embrace our responsibilities.

All you need is to take the decision to become sustainable. We can help you change, enjoy the challenge and reap the benefits in the process.

Featured image: Largest Antarctic ozone hole ever recorded (September 2006), over the Southern pole, NASA, 2006
Business, World

Consumers prefer “green”

In 2007, a study showed that 53% of consumers preferred  “to purchase products and services from a company with a strong environmental reputation”. Read more…

In 2012, another study showed that 66% of consumers are socially conscious and among them 66% think companies should support environmental sustainability. Read more… 

In 2015 in China, a study demonstrates that “73% customers say they will pay more for green products”. Read more…

Contact us to reap the benefits of this amazing trend for your company!

Consumer preference for Green

 

Business, Climate change, Events, Transport, Wanaka, World

Climate change at the top of your agenda

The Earth seen from Apollo 17

While 175 nations were signing the Paris Climate treaty in New York on Earth Day, Friday 22nd April 2016, Tim Flannery was the keynote speaker of the first Aspiring Conversations, “Cool It: dealing with climate change”, with Suzi Kerr and Veronika Meduna.

Click here for my comprehensive notes of the event.

What can your business or organisation take from it?

Climate change is happening and we are better off taking this into account.

Climate change is not a destination. It is a process. Our actions -or non actions- decide on the tempo of the change.

The hope is: we understand clearly now that there is a problem and we know what tools and what paths we can take.

Good news is: We are at the peak of emissions. Half of energy investments last year were in solar and wind energy.

If we take a good look at what we do wrong now, we give ourselves permission to be creative and innovate.

Adapting to change

Today is a turn. The Paris climate agreement signed today is saving us from the worst. There is hope but we are so late, change has already happened so we need to think about adapting to it.

Here in the mountains, the snow cover thickness is forecast to be 90% of what it is now in 2040 so there is only minor change for ski resorts until then.

There will be however 50% more rain in winter and spring and at the same time, there will be more dry days. This means heavier and more damaging storms, more floods as well as more droughts. How do we adapt to that?

Click here to read more about “How Climate Change affects our region”. We need to acknowledge the change so we can think about how to manage it.

Reducing emissions

While many innovations aiming at capturing CO2 from the atmosphere are on their way, reducing emissions is the best start.

Electric cars are a huge opportunity.

Planting trees is definitely part of the solution with lots of co-benefits.

It is great that governments will help with appropriate regulations. Yet it is down to private initiatives to act now.

All we need to do is to put climate change at the top of our agenda.