How You Can Help Accelerate the Sustainable Transition in the New Year
With the breadth of challenges facing humanity, each new year gives us the collective opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve made toward creating a more sustainable future for all. And while the pandemic has highlighted the weaknesses of our interconnected global society, it has also reinforced that collaboration is needed across every region, every sector of our economy and every segment of society to address our current problems. But above all, it has shown that we have the capacity to achieve rapid change if we all play our part.
Collaboration around sustainability came in many different forms in 2021: governments and international bodies released an ever-growing cadre of climate-related regulations and standards, investors increasingly signaled that ESG will be central to the future of the financial sector, companies set science-based climate and net-zero targets at a greater pace than ever before, and the general public demanded more focused climate action through growing grassroots movements and protests around the latest Conference of the Parties (COP) in Glasgow.
Progress is being made on many fronts, but the pace of change needs to significantly accelerate if we are to meet increasingly ambitious targets and build a world that puts the well-being of people, and our planet, first. While those most responsible for climate change (re: large, industrialized nations and corporations) must lead the way, it is becoming abundantly clear that we all must do our part within our own spheres of influence if we are to rapidly scale the sustainable transition.
With that in mind, check out a few ways you can help drive the transition in 2022.