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?
Mark will be speaking at Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series: Position Your Sustainability Career | Stevens Institute of Technology on Tuesday February 1st registration here.
Join live event Abstract This webinar will share the good, the bad and the not so pretty about becoming a sustainability professional through pivoting into sustainability based on work and educational experience.
Heroes of Environmental Diplomacy: Profiles in Courage. Drawing on interviews and the inside stories of those involved, each chapter follows one or more of these heroic individuals, a list which includes Sidney Holt, Christiana Figueres , Maurice Strong, Franz Perrez , Luc Hoffmann, Mostafa Tolba , Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Raul Oyuela Estrada , Barack Obama and Paula Caballero. UN related events in 2023 January January 13-15 th : Thirteenth Session of the International Renewable Energy Agency Assembly - World Energy Transition – The Global Stocktake Abu Dhabi UAE January 16-20 th : World Economic Forum – Cooperation in a Fragmented World Davos Switzerland March March 5-9 th : Least Development Countries fifth Conference (Doha) March 22 to 24 th : UN Water 2023 Conference (New York) April April 21-23 rd : World Bank Group Spring Meeting April 24-27 th : Forum on Financing for Development April 24-27 th : UN World Data Forum Hangzhou China Ma
My 18th book Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear is now available from Routledge direct or slighter later from Amazon. Great for birthday, anniversary and Christmas presents. Written with my co-authors Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Carolina Duque Chopitea, Minu Hemmati, Susanne Salz, Bernd Lakemeier, Laura Schmitz, and Jana Borkenhagen for their chapters - which are awesome!! And thanks to Helen Clark for the Foreword. While underscoring that my co-authors do not necessarily agree with the chapters written by other people. "To mobilize action globally in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will require buy-in and commitments not just from governments, but from all segments of society. This book addresses a major component of that challenge – involving stakeholders in every part of the process to deliver on the promise of the SDGs. Many of the contributors have long led efforts to build an inclusive and democratic framework for deliv
The United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development – the HLPF - is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development. Its central role is the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level. In support of those ambitions, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future produces – at times with partners – a series of think-pieces and knowledge-enhancing papers. Known as ‘The SDG 2030 Series,’ Stakeholder Forum, in collaboration with the Belmont Forum funded Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (DR3) project team at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, has produced two new publications. Issue 3 of the SDG 2030 Series is Stakeholder Engagement Overview and Guide- by Elisabeth Butler, Re-Energize DR3. This third in the series recognizes the emergence of ‘stakeholder democracy’ as a vital approach to both policy development and multi-stakeholder pa