Climate Change and Evolutionary Leadership

Children of America vs The U.S. Government

Climate change is upon us. The “biggest law case on the planet” is going to be heard in the Supreme Court in the U.S. in the coming months.

Our Children’s Trust, elevates the voices of youth around the world and in this case 21 youth from the age of 9 to 20 years of age are suing the U.S. government. Their complaint asserts that the government has known about climate change for decades and has not take responsibility to make changes which has violated the youngest generations constitutional rights to life, liberty and property.

The U.S. government asked to have the case thrown out and lost November 10, 2016, so the case is now going to trial. The timing could not be better as governments have agreed in Paris in 2015 to keep global warming below 2 degrees celsius. The goal is abstract, countries have put forward vague pledges on curbing CO2 emissions and there has been no accountability for any government to hit it. Now there is.

Stop Climate Change

What is required to stop temperatures rising? A group of European researchers headed by Johan Rockström from Sweden have laid out a road map in a new paper for Science which makes it concrete and easy to relate too. The requirements are pointed out in the following 3 points:
  1. Global CO2 emissions from energy and industry must fall by half each decade for the next 30 years.
  2. Net emissions from agriculture and deforestation have to fall steadily to zero by 2050.
  3. Technologies to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere must scale up to pulling 5 gigatons a year by 2050.

Governments have not really understood what it means to hit the goals until now and have failed in taking credible action in the last 2 years. Scientists have laid out a global road map which forces the conversation to take things seriously. Children are suing governments around the world forcing the conversation and governments to wake up and do something.

Evolutionary Leadership

Leadership is called for and that is what these actions above are examples of. Leadership requiring courage, collaboration, integrity and vision. Leadership that inspires others to action. Leadership that is transformational and evolutionary not just for the youth but for the whole human race and all that lives on planet earth.

What could be more important than standing up for the preservation of planet earth’s climate system, and it is our youth that are leading the way with Global Legal Action happening in other countries like Norway, Netherlands and Pakistan.

I believe that we are all responsible for the preservation of our planet and her health. I believe that all business leaders are responsible for not just leading their company and people to their goals but also to inspire people to act on the preservation of this beautiful planet we live on.

Will you be an Evolutionary Leader and make a stand for planet earth? If so, how? How can you take action today and in the days & weeks to come to stop the daily extinction of species; the dying oceans and the temperatures rising year after year? If not you, then who?