Last year’s Climate Week really was a pivotal event for public awareness about the effects of climate change when 400,000 people walked in New York City to support efforts to combat this pervasive problem. After this event, President Obama announced a clean power act for existing power plants in an effort to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan/clean-power-plan-existing-power-plants. Shortly after this announcement, the U.S. and China announced that they had been holding secret meetings over the previous past months to come up with a joint strategy to help reduce carbon emissions.
Here is a link to the 2015 NYC Climate Week events: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/about-us/.
At the NRF, we have tried not to make climate change an issue itself but rather we can all agree that weather patterns are changing: 1) droughts, 2) floods, 3) shorter growing seasons, 4) polar ice caps are starting to melt, etc. To get bogged down on whether climate change is man-made or not is a corporate strategy to put doubt into the minds of the general public and appeal to mankind’s tendency to do nothing until things are “right before our eyes.” In the instance of climate change, when the situation is “right before our eyes” it is probably too little and late for action.
Back in January 2014, we started writing a piece we call ‘The 1% Solution.” We are attaching a link to that essay because we still feel it is very relevant today, especially with Climate Week approaching. http://bit.ly/1kS3Ly4. Although the actual numbers may be rough estimates, it the concepts and ideas that are more important than the actual numbers. The devil is in the details, as always, is the main issue in any implementation strategy.
We do hope everyone appreciates the importance of this issue about climate change; it is probably the biggest issue facing our world today. Rather than view it as a disaster scenario, we try to view it as an opportunity to re-make society into a better place. As Johnny Mercer said in his 1944 song, “Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.”