With the COP21 climate change conference on center stage these next few weeks, it takes a good dose of optimism that collective gains will be made for the mutual benefit of people, places and the planet. But even with a promising agenda and the might of world leaders, you’ve got to wonder how many times do you hit the same brick wall before you say stop; side step it; and move onto a course that doesn’t get stuck in an unchanged, déjà vu debate.
The consequences of our changing weather patterns are not predictions but visible facts and piercing images. The “plagues” of flood, drought, fire, population displacement, food scarcity and other headline disasters bring hard-to-imagine destabilizing effects that permeate our daily routines, our safe havens and future generations.
Climate change is about national security, a sound economy, and a healthier existence. It’s about new business models, different patterns and practices, and embracing innovative technologies. It’s about change – our change. Tell someone who lost a home and hope with Hurricane Sandy that things aren’t going to change. Tell someone who ran from fire or flood that change isn’t necessary.
Our work to move renewables into the mainstream with equal policy, political and market footing continues. It’s one piece of the puzzle but certainly not the entire solution. We dig into the backstage problems that can make or break wider usage of clean energy resources. Our IREC pledge is to tackle the front-burner issues with a steady hand and facts. Our IREC hope is that debate is no longer part of climate change but action is.
Nous attendons à Paris pour une claire et chemin de guidage vers l’avant. Nous attendons à la maison pour y arriver.
We look to Paris for a clear and guiding path forward. We look at home to make it happen.