Cli­mate change a world gamechanger

The Tribune (NZ) - - BUSINESS - THE HOW MAN, DAVE GAYNOR

Things have warmed up since Christ­mas, so was that just a lousy spring/sum­mer, or was cli­mate change to blame?

I doubt if any­one can an­swer that ques­tion, but one thing seems in­creas­ingly cer­tain, CO lev­els

2 around our planet are in­creas­ing and we ur­gently need to cur­tail this. Hence De­cem­ber’s World Cli­mate Change con­fer­ence in Paris.

The ob­jec­tive is the sur­vival of planet Earth, or more specif­i­cally the sur­vival of hu­mans on planet Earth, but if the COP21 plan to lower CO lev­els doesn’t prove to

2 be vi­able, hu­mans may be toast.

So what does this mean for New Zealand busi­nesses? Prob­a­bly not much in the short term. Cli­mate changes slowly so we can prob­a­bly ig­nore it if we wish and bury our heads in the sand.

How­ever, lack of ac­tion will con­trib­ute to a bleak fu­ture for our chil­dren and pos­si­bly no fu­ture for their chil­dren. We’ve reached the stage where de­nial and in­ac­tion is not an op­tion.

So what can we do in our busi­nesses to re­duce emis­sions? Firstly, take per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity. Solv­ing this prob­lem will take ev­ery­one pitch­ing in.

Con­sider mak­ing smaller cars a sta­tus sym­bol in your busi­ness; travel less (by land and air); re­duce waste; make pur­chas­ing de­ci­sions based on re­cy­cla­bil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity of man­u­fac­ture; re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion; re­duce wa­ter us­age and col­lect rain­wa­ter; pro­tect wa­ter­ways by fenc­ing, plant­ing and care­ful ef­flu­ent dis­posal.

As a so­ci­ety based on ob­scene con­sump­tion, chang­ing our habits is not go­ing to be easy. Your bot­tom line may suf­fer slightly now, but ex­tinc­tion is a high price to pay for ig­nor­ing cli­mate change.

PHOTO: REUTERS/TPX IM­AGES OF THE DAY

Par­tic­i­pants at the World Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence 2015 look at cli­mate anom­alies.

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