Human crises - GoodUp - originally posted by Kees Klomp

An acting perspective on climate change


by GoodUp Info

Wildfires, hurricanes and vanishing sea ice: the climate crisis is here. This article title is something you would expect from a news outlet like Bloomberg Green. In fact it was published by the Financial Times.

While the majority of global resources are being directed to battling the most urgent (Covid obviously) crisis at hand, confronting news, data, and visuals of wildfires have shocked many and pressed the urgency of the third most urgent crisis: climate change.

The third? Yes, because make no mistake. While there is no way to tell exactly what the economic damage from the global COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic will be, there is widespread agreement among economists that it will have severe negative impacts on the global economy.

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On the part of climate change there is some good news. As the consequences of climate change are becoming ever more visible the need for global climate action is apparent, and investors and big finance finally seem to be nearing a tipping point. Investors like Blackrock increasingly demand sustainable business practices, and some shareholders (1, 2) are moving in the same direction At the same time though, Greenland’s ice sheet may have passed a point of no return.

But wait, there’s more. Over the course of the past months, you must have seen at least one of the dozens of visuals showing at least 5 upending crises and the weight of their effects on human life on planet earth. They add the resource crisis, biodiversity crisis, and finally human extinction to the above list. The picture above is one example.

As all of these crises are of a global nature, we will need to act collectively to mitigate their effects and that is SO much easier said than done. Millions of environmentally conscious individuals struggle to act within their spheres of influence.

One thing that lacks, is an acting perspective.

Some influential organisations have started to leverage their influence to facilitate small changes in daily behaviour. The World Economic Forum for example recently launched ‘The the lazy person’s guide to saving the world.

But it will take the full commitment of many more organisations living up to their environmental and societal responsibilities to really change the tide. At GoodUp we help those organisations (1, 2, 3) who do, by giving their people an acting perspective on the SDGs.

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