December 05, 2019
Our Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Harry Verhaar, makes the case for greater (and swifter) climate action
Conversations about the climate crisis play out very differently today than they would have just ten years ago. Thanks to the efforts of the UN, organisations such as The Climate Group, the media, and, not least, a group of educated and vocal Gen-Zers, public debate has become much more widespread and far more demanding. Climate has taken its place as the most pressing issue on the agenda of many of the world’s governments.
Outside of a few dwindling pockets of naysayers, human-effected climate change is no longer up for debate. Amid public outcry at the burning Amazon, an area of forest the size of the Netherlands has been devastated by forest fires in Siberia.
And in Greenland, the delicate balance has been distorted, and currently around 300 megatons of extra meltwater are released each year from declining glaciers. That’s equivalent to 40 years’ worth of drinking water for today’s world population, in one year alone.