In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the U.N.’s global conference on climate change has become more important than ever. This week, the governments of 190 nations will gather in the capital of France to discuss a possible new global agreement on climate change, and to re-affirm a shared commitment to addressing common threats.
Too often the risks associated with climate change are unknown or opaque. Only in the past few decades have scientists begun the measurements necessary to establish a relationship between current carbon levels and temperatures, and the science conducted since then has consistently pointed in one direction: that the rising greenhouse gas emissions, arising from our use of fossil fuels and our industries, had led to higher temperatures. The good news in all of this is that we are making progress and the Paris Climate Change Conference can only be even more beneficial.
Reducing carbon pollution has been proven to promote economic growth by attracting not only people, but also capital. The new generation wants to change what has been done wrong in the past and business owners are starting to get on track. With certifications like LEED and B Corporation, organizations are making it easier for companies to adapt and reduce the production of greenhouse gas emissions.
We are super excited to see the results after the Paris Climate Change Conference. What will agreement will governments produce for the decade after 2020, and potentially beyond? Follow the hashtag #COP21 on twitter to see what’s going on live. We sure will!