What happens if we don't change how our industries perform? Imagine a world that fails to keep its promise to climate actions and manages to somehow reach the year 2100.
Let's just consider we do not mean to “compensate” as pledged, took decisions and acted as if we have been so effectively throughout the past few decades. Do we really have the luxury to destroy a planet, thinking there are plenty of others to host us if we had destroyed earth! I don't think so.
Since the 1st industrial revolution until now we have come a long way with impressive innovations with minimum consideration of the resources being used, their impacts on us and the planet. We have all tasted the sweetness of the innovations whichever way they improved our level of comfort on earth. It's funny how none of us are actually interested to take any responsibility of the consequences these innovations entail. It's been more than a century since the pioneering Swedish Scientist Svante Arrhenius discovered the warming impact of greenhouse gas effects. Although back then it was believed to have positive impact for future generations.
Gradually the scientists have warned us of the increasing level of human made gas concentration in the atmosphere and their adverse effect on temperature rise. US based researchers like Gilbert Plass, Roger Revelle, Hans Suess and Charles David Keeling, proved carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration rise in the atmosphere. They have also elaborated on the characteristics of CO2, its capability of trapping solar radiation and causing temperature rise on earth. Roger Revelle and Hans Suess had also shown through their experience that seawater will not absorb all the additional CO2 absorption. Most of the major findings, arguments, warnings, and awareness campaigns about global warming and climate change caused by intense industrial activities picked its momentum between 1965 and 1990. The first IPCC report had warned that earth's temperature have risen by 0.3 to 0.6 deg C than previous century due to human made emissions. Thirty years later glimpses of the sixth IPCC report revealed that the temperature rise until 2020 has already reached 1.1 deg C and it will be close to impossible to remain on the 1.5 deg C commitment by the end of this century.
The question remains, why such negligence in climate action. Why are we not doing enough to stop running our business as we did in the 1900´s soon enough with so many scientific evidences? Haven't we all suffered enough? Aren't the extreme weather events (i.e. intense drought, storms, heat waves, melting glaciers, forest fires) in the recent years threatening enough to remain reserved of climate responsibility?
The evidences are just in front of us and we have already started to experience the predicted impacts of global warming due to industrial emissions. We are also better equipped with knowledge, technology, and expertise. All that is missing is the commitment and collective effort to make a change. Not through a paper or mandate but by action. This means to know where the change is needed in the system, perhaps integrating ´life cycle thinking´ in businesses. Effective delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by shifting from linear take – make – waste economy to circular responsive - regenerative - resilient economy. This calls for systemic change which can only be successful if collective systemwide efforts take place.
At ClimatePoint, I feel positive about the effort we are putting in to accelerate towards this much needed systemic change. We believe in collective action, hard work and dedication to bring forward unexploited solutions to fix humanities biggest challenge of the century.