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Global Optimism – The Future We Choose

Observer 15th Feb 2020, Christiana Figueres is a founder of the Global Optimism group and was head of the UN climate change convention when the Paris agreement was achievedin 2015.

Your new book is called The Future We Choose. But isn’t it too
late to stop the climate crisis? We are definitely running late. We have
delayed appallingly for decades. But science tells us we are still in the
nick of time. We can only choose it this decade.

Our parents did not have this choice, because they didn’t have the capital, technologies and understanding. And for our children, it will be too late.

So this is the decade and we are the generation. If we all reduce our emissions,
collectively we give a signal to the market. Obviously, corporations have
their own responsibilities but it’s helpful to have a strong demand from
the public. Once you get governments, corporations and the public moving in
the same direction towards low carbon, it can grow exponentially [such as
with renewable energy and electric cars]. People reducing their emissions
– by flying less, eating less meat and using clean energy, for example
– is important.

February 17, 2020 - Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change

1 Comment »

  1. We should insist on the more careful and ‘meaning-accurate’ use of words such as ‘corporations’.
    A corporation is simply the business contract of individual persons, who are personally responsible for their business’s activities, and as owners do actually if indirectly have control of same … although they of course seek to avoid responsibility for their wrong-doing. Legal, but unethical … and Ethics decides what laws are morally valid.
    Until we insist on this responsibility, nothing is going to happen … except we will hear an unending chorus of “Ain’t it awful!” … and lethal damage of us all, our progeny, and our planet will continue.
    Who will ‘bell the cats?’

    Comment by troneill | February 17, 2020 | Reply

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