Climate change a world gamechanger
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.
Participants at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 look at climate anomalies.