How will you respond to the IPCC’s urgent climate warning?
(Eco Business, 15 Oct 2018) In just 12 years, the world is set to blow its carbon budget for keeping global warming in check, a new IPCC report warned last week. How will you respond to what science is telling us?
It is the biggest climate story of the year, probably the decade.
By 2030, a report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed last week, the world’s carbon budget for keeping global warming to within 1.5 degrees Celsius will be blown—and dire consequences for the planet will unfold.
Achim Steiner, adminstrator for the United Nations Development Programme, said at the Responsible Business Forum in Singapore on Thursday that humanity had “probably passed the point of no return” and the window of opportunity to prevent the most devastating consequences of climate change has almost shut.
However, he said that the imperative to act on climate change presented unprecedented opportunities—particularly for businesses, which account for three quarters of the world’s economies.
He implored his audience of business executives to show bold leadership and “don’t be spectators” to climate change. “The markets of tomorrow will judge you on how you respond now,” he said.