Tackling Climate Change: From Ambition to Action

Paul Polman, CEO at Unilever and LindkeIn Influencer, recently shared his thoughts on the current state of the fight against climate change. As a company, Unilever is very focused on what they can do to help. They consider the reduction of our greenhouse gas, water and waste impacts within their own manufacturing and operations, and aim to source all of our agricultural raw materials in a sustainable way.

More than 365 businesses and investors, from more than a dozen Fortune 500 firms to small, family-owned businesses across more than 35 states, sent a strong message today to President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump, and other elected U.S. and global leaders, reaffirming their support for the historic Paris Climate Agreement and the need to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy at home and around the world.

The financial framework, namely a carbon price or tax that would force industries to pay for the pollution they spew, has barely started to emerge. And while billions of dollars of green bonds have been issued to finance environmental projects, these aren’t nearly enough required to make a difference. It’s not a question of billions of dollars, it’s a question of trillions. The Paris Agreement was never imagined as the silver bullet for global warming. Rather, the goal of the agreement was to stave off the most devastating effects of climate change by limiting the increase in global temperatures.

It is not just the responsibility of large corporations to fight climate change; governments need to do their part as well. But it will take more than just legislation to ensure the problem is tackled. Change will involve a combination of new technologies, processes and human behavior.

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