Quite often Environmentalists and people who advocate Sustainability are accused for being against development and progress – Nothing could be more wrong!
It doesn’t take much arithmetic or high-level thinking to realise that with a maximum “emissions-budget” of 565 gigatons of CO2 until 2050 and the current emission-rate of 31.6 gigatons per year, increasing by approximately 3 % per year – the budget is exhausted already by 2025…
The Planet doesn’t really care about Emissions per Capita, does it – I think it is more interested in the accumulated total emission…
If each product or service I produce is a little more environmental friendly and causes a little less emissions but at the same time I push a growth-strategy – does that make me “more Sustainable”…?
…we are in this precarious situation with “almost” runaway Climate Change, pollution, depletion of species and resources because of the current Consumption-levels – staying at this level isn’t going to save us, is it… Continue reading
Emissions, dominantly caused by industrialism, have so far increased our planets average temperature with +0.8 °C. If we shut down CO2-emissions totally, right now, the average temperature will continue to rise to approximately +1.6 °C due to the systematic “delay” in our planetary systems – this is scientifically proved – and widely known.
But still sometimes when I read articles and op-eds, watch the news, listen to political debate or reports it seems as if some people, politicians and corporations think there is a choice, a choice not to address Climate change – to remain passive or neutral about it…
So what ARE our options?
A rough summary on some approaches, attitudes and future “results”… Continue reading
During the last weeks in the aftermath from the COP19 in Warsaw I have read about countries refusing to send ministers to the meeting and instead sending people apparently wearing T-shirts and gorging on snacks throughout the critical negotiations, a host country dismissing their appointed environmental minister during the meeting [to accelerate shale-gas operations], how corporate lobbyists have been given exclusive access to the meeting process, organizers allowing fossil-fuel related business to sponsor and “use” the meeting as some kind of greenwash, countries starting of the meeting by stepping down from promises already made, countries trying all kinds of “tricks” to delay and procrastinate urgent matters, UNFCCC leaders attending and giving key-notes at the parallel pro-carbon events and, and … Continue reading
Lately there have been a number of reports and studies clearly showing that most corporations are failing to take any considerable steps toward a Sustainable future. (Link to previous article)
This is truly disheartening and extremely worrying.
“What gets measured gets done”… or Not…
This quote, often attributed to Peter Drucker, is used frequently when talking about performance improvement, but is it right? Should it instead be “Some things that get measured get done?”
There is in reality very little to prove that “What gets measured gets done”. Continue reading
As a “possibilist” I am triggered by the idea of having a positive impact and moving things forward, so when I recently saw the TED Talk by IKEA CSO, Steve Howard – “Let’s go all-in on selling sustainability” (Link) – I was thrilled when he asked the rhetorical question
“Why wouldn’t we want to have a positive impact on the world?”
This is probably one of the most essential and simple questions to ask yourself, other people and businesses. (Try to come up with an evasive answer without compromising yourself…)
Even if there are still many questions to ask, many behaviours to change and many inequalities to remove before we get to a sustainable world, there are some attitudes that really needs to be worked on, to enable and speed up the journey.
One of them is; What is regarded as Positive? Continue reading
Once upon a time when we took our first steps in life – we really risked everything, we didn’t even know what a step was, and although we might have seen grown-ups around us moving in a totally different manor than our crawling and toddling at ground level… we didn’t know!
It’s not that we gave up crawling all at once, it was still a fairly decent way to get around, but after a number of trials we found out that the “other way” definitely had its advantages…
If we at that moment in life had used the same tactics many people seem to apply when we talk about change to a more Sustainable Society – humans would have still been a “crawling” species.
A trip down “memory-lane”…
I still remember when I learned how to ride a tricycle, and I am reminded of it every time I look in a mirror – the white scar on my forehead is not covered with hair anymore – it matches exactly with a flange on one of the large cast iron radiators that heated up the house where I grew up… so did this close encounter with “heavy-metal” stop me from riding the tricycle – of course not, once I had experienced the “slipstream” going down the hallway, I was “hooked”… Continue reading
A system with fatigue…?
Having looked at some of the OECD-statistics, trying to understand a little more about current economic development within the OECD-countries – I don’t get it…
When I combine data from Governmental debt, Debt held by citizens and non-citizens, Population and GDP – up until 2007/2008 changes in debt-levels where rather closely related to changes in GDP, but from 2008 the GDP has shown no or very little change (even a decline) while at the same time debt-levels have continued to increase at a high pace…
The same phenomena came up when looking at figures from “Statistics Sweden” – according to their figures, total liabilities in Sweden increased from 429% of GDP in 2007 to 490% in 2012 – while at the same time GDP per capita showed no increase at all.
What are we borrowing for…?
Under normal circumstances lenders and investors always refer to ROI – isn’t that valid anymore, or is it only me not being an economist, interpreting the data in the wrong way… Continue reading