Climate Change Facts For Leadership

One of the clients that I am proud to work with is Schneider Electric (SE) Sweden, part of SE Global. This company is a critical player in the battle with climate change focusing on energy efficiency, management and automation. Sustainability is a critical part of their strategy, having made 10 commitments to help tackle climate change.

Sweden as a country is one of the world leaders in sustainable energy with more than 50% of its energy provided by renewables stated in a study completed in 2013-14. The Minister of the Environment and Energy committed to a Fossil Free Sweden in 2015-16 and 100% of its energy provided by renewables moving forward.

Not only is Sweden leading with action at the governmental level, it is at the NGO level too. The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) at Stockholm University is paving the way with science, providing stewardship to governments around the world. Johan Rockström is the Executive Director of SRC and the Chair of The Earth League, a group of 17 leading world scientists holding up the facts to the world.

“Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”  – Leonardo DiCaprio, 2016 Oscar acceptance speech

In 2015, The Global Challenges Foundation and The Earth League joined forces to develop an Earth Statement or climate petition for the Paris Climate Agreement outlining actions required by governments to avoid a 2° Celsius temperature rise and climate tipping points for Earth.

Our climate and our planet is the most important topic on the table for humanity. That is why as a leader or future leader I write to you again today. It is the single greatest challenge for the Human Race to solve. It is going to take every one of us to stand up for our world that we live in and to learn to live properly and in harmony with her for the good of all.

Take a look at Johan Rockströms 2010 Ted Talk here for the uncomfortable truth. I hope it inspires you to lead us into a new paradigm today and in the years to come.

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