Business can help us all do our bit to live within 1.5˚C

From emboldening policymakers to make the right decisions to creating a low-carbon system, business has a role in helping society take the steps needed to limit global warming

Gudrun Cartwright

Gudrun Cartwright: Business has critical role in giving policymakers confidence to make bold decisions

Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its long-awaited assessment and pathways to limiting global warming to 1.5°C. With a stark warning that we have only 12 years to turn the tide towards 1.5°C, and clear evidence that the difference between temperatures rising by 1.5°C and by 2°C is significant, it is easy to feel despondent. However, I believe that, if we choose it to be so, this rallying cry could provide a foundation to unite businesses, communities and policymakers behind a common purpose: designing a future that we are proud to leave to generations to come. As the IPCC said, we have the technology to achieve this. What we need is the political will.

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