Last time I wrote about my 22 sustainability predictions for 2022.
Today I will share my thinking about recent events that have me both
inspired and confused on the response to ‘code red’ alarm sounded in the
most recent IPCC report.
The amount of action
around deforestation coming out of COP26 was both welcome and
surprising (surprising because of the 500+ fossil fuel
representatives who were credentialed by their home countries to
Larry Fink's statement
that, “decarbonizing of the global economy is going to create the
greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime,” gives me hope that
real change and action are going to become aligned with investments
GreenBiz State of Green
Business 2022 highlighted that, “the fastest growing green
skills are in ecosystem management, environmental policy, and
sustainable procurement.” These are future forward developments in
the hard, day-to-day work of sustainability.
The confusion - -
COP26 was a
disappointment in that coordinated actions were not visibly strong.
In fact, Felix Dodds redefined the term ‘coalition of the willing’
to talk about the partnerships that will carry the much of the load
in the absence of government commitments. I think that corporates
and NGOs will not get us where we need to go without coordinated,
aligned, and funded government action.
Larry Fink’s letter also
indicated that Blackrock would support fossil fuel investments as a
bridge to a renewable energy future, an area where we need to
accelerate while decelerating fossil fuels.
Finally, in the GreenBiz
report - - while we had a temporary reprieve from carbon emission
growth in 2020, they “resumed their relentless climb in 2021, faster
than many scientists predicted.”
This is the duality of inspiration and
confusion personally, around sustainability today.
Maintaining the optimism that is key to move toward a net zero carbon
economy is never easy. Inspiration is critical, setbacks and roadblocks
are to be expected.
One of the ways I fuel my optimism is to help experienced professionals
pivot into a sustainability career where they can use their skills and
wisdom to accelerate solutions for climate change. I will be talking
about this topic on a webinar next Tuesday, February 1st for Hugo
Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series hosted by the Stevens Institute
of Technology. It is open to the pubic, at no charge. Learn more here.
What you do to maintain your optimism on the journey to a net zero carbon
economy in the comment section?
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Felix Dodds returns to the podcast for the last time this series to talk the future of entertainment – how emerging technologies will affect TV, sports, music, gambling, sex and more. We dive into how data analytics, AI, augmented and virtual reality, and blockchain will shape the entertainment industry. We also discuss how 3D printing and new energy sources can also enhance the delivery of reducing CO2 and enhancing the experience of the consumer. We look at the lives of consumers and the implications of technologies as people look to fill leisure time. It looks at the impacts of new forms of entertainment, and how those forms build, change, or destroy our communities. We get into the weeds here about digital ownership of online content, how governments might regulate deepfakes, and more. Felix Dodds is co-author of the new book Tomorrow’s People and New Technology, which we are focusing on in our first seven episodes to imagine what life in 2030 might look like and how the emerging
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