Leadership and Climate Change
(Published in Business India, 19 Feb 2012 Issue)
Climate change has become a significant agenda for both the government and the corporate sector in the present decade. Climate affects all of us ? and the recent forecasts on the worsening global weather conditions (climate change) and their potential to unleash unprecedented catastrophes is a significant cause for concern. Drastic climate changes can be disastrous for the delicate balance of our planet and impact everything around us ? our livelihoods, our businesses and more importantly, our chances to continue existing in this world.
Natural forces aside, industrialization has been the key agent for climate change. The rapid expansion in industrial activity in the past 200 years has dealt a significant dent to the natural order of the elements that help maintain the Earth’s delicate balance. With industrialization, our planet has progressively become warmer and wetter, causing a range of unprecedented climatic conditions.
Today, the extent of the damage has become significant enough to elicit an urgent response from leaders across governments and industry. Business leaders today need to be cognizant of the moral, economic and social implications of not just the way they manage their business but also the way it impacts our world. They need to realize that state of our climate is essentially a function of the quality of relationship that we have had with our environment, energy resources and other natural sources.
While governments, interest groups and industry lobbies are aware of the looming crisis, they largely continue to battle over who needs to take the responsibility and ultimately drive the tough measures needed to combat climate change. However, a few organizations and leaders have emerged to the forefront, leading the way with initiatives that help protect our environment and restore our depleted natural resources.
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