Guest Post: Sandy Creates US Climate Hope?

Guest Post: Sandy Creates US Climate Hope?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 5:00pm



As I watch the revealing impact of the storm in the US and the power of nature wreaking havoc on the financial heartland of the US I wonder if we are witnessing the pivotal moment in the US climate change debate?

We cannot not underestimate the impact of an again vulnerable New York,  to overcome stubborn political denial and corporate lobbying. From a detached, long distance perspective I get an uneasy feeling of similarity to watching the initial aftermath of the atrocities of 9/11 as terrorism succeeded in passing the previously impermeable American defences. Their response then was a robust, to say the least, retaliation on those responsible, but who can be blamed for extreme weather in the case of Sandy and what realistic actions can be taken before the next storm? And there will be a next storm, and another.

Sandy has in one weather event demonstrated tangibly that nature inevitably, albeit at a distance for the most part, directs financial institutions,  not the other way around. As extreme weather becomes increasingly regular and grows in intensity as climate models predict, will this week like none before ignite the fuse of US coherent action beyond political differences? I’m an optimist, we have to be. This, like never before in history is an opportunity for a true leader to step forward.

David is an ethical business advocate, an entrepreneur and commentator. He is the Founder of Coethica, a UK based company that advocates, promotes and supports an entrepreneurial approach to values based business encouraging particularly smaller business to improve overall performance through social and environmental lenses. David also sits on numerous social enterprise and entrepreneurship support boards including and Prior to Coethica he was responsible for the multi-award winning Community Programme at Everton Football Club and also managed the England Amputee Football Squad.
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