Climate change continues to make the news early in 2020 from some of the most prominent companies of our day. The CEOs for Blackstone, Microsoft, and Blackrock have all come out talking about the importance of addressing climate change for their business and the world. It also was a major discussion at The World Economic Forum in Davos this year under the global theme of: Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World. Whether you agree with the idea or not climate change is impacting decisions in board rooms, executive suites, and underwriting.
I am not a scientist nor an expert on climate change, but what I do know is that we as people, governments, and companies have a responsibility to be stewards of the resources we have. This should not only affect how we think about the planet, but also people as well. What’s exciting to me is that people want to be part of the solution and more and more businesses are being challenged to think broader than just shareholder’s profitability.
Without over thinking things – what does that look like? It looks like a Davos climate initiative with unanimous support where 1t.org aims to grow, restore and conserve one trillion trees to sequester carbon from the air. It also looks like my days in elementary school when we each were given a tree to plant. Both are, at their base, so simple. So doable. And yet, so impactful.