The state of the climate — and what we might do about it



Fighting global climate has been for many years the “job” of passionate people around the world who understand and maybe even experienced the terrible impact of climate change. Initiating and encouraging local environmental projects, starting and leading the conversation on global warming, addressing these issues to a higher level through non-governmental organizations and studies on the actual impact of climate change, are just a few of their endeavors. But no matter how often or loud they would voice out their worries, governments and world leaders (banks, corporations, etc.) never seemed to really understand the problem, not to mention ever wanted to take any real and long term action that would, for once, balance the difference between economical growth and the environment, in favor of the latter. Until last week. 

Last week, the world’s leaders have received probably the loudest wake-up call so far. Two events happening at two very different levels – the streets of cities around the world and at the UN Headquarters in New York – have addressed the biggest call for climate change ever. People in more than 2000 locations worldwide have protested against the inaction on climate change; the most significant of them happening in New York, right before the 2014 UN Climate Change Summit taking place in the same city has gathered 400 000 people.

While in the streets people were demanding immediate action from their leaders, the same thing was happening at the UN Headquarters. The already viral speech of Leonardo DiCaprio threatening the world’s leaders to “make history or be vilified by it” unless they act rapidly against industrial polluters in order to save the planet was a good example.

But an even better and more realistic one was Nicholas Stern‘s plan “Better Growth. Better Climate” presented at the Summit. Why? Because, for the first time, his plan is not about suppressing industry leaders to decrease their expansion, nor about governments stopping the growth of their countries due to the bad consequences on the climate. This time, the project led by Stern and former President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon proposes an actual plan that will not only support growth, but it will make it environmentally sustainable. “Better Growth. Better Climate” shows exactly to businesses and governments that “low-carbon and climate resilient growth is possible and that the capital for necessary investments is there and so the potential for innovation. What is needed is strong political leadership and credible, consistent policies”.

Before taking it to the UN stage, Nicholas Stern presented the context for the development of his project at TED and we invite you to take a look because you’ll understand the state of the climate and what we might to about it by looking at examples that most certainly affect you, your families and your cities as well.

If you want to read more about “Better Growth. Better Climate”, visit their page: http://newclimateeconomy.net/

 

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