Movers & Mavericks
60 Seconds with Renat Heuberger
NOW talks to the CEO of South Pole
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Today, our planet is 1° Celcius (33.8° Fahrenheit) hotter than pre-industrial levels. How much hotter can we get?
By January 2020, the 195 countries* that signed the 2015 Paris
Agreement must fully implement their commitment to:
Carbon Mitigation, Transparency, Loss and Damage, and Support.
If emissions continue to rise at current rates, we have roughly a decade before we pass the 1.5 ºC tipping point and face climate breakdown. This will cause devastation to humanity and nature, and mass extinctions of wildlife.
(2018 Report by UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report and scientific associations worldwide)
WHO WILL THIS AFFECT?
The climate we are changing is and will affect all of us no matter where we live and what our race, gender, religion, political belief and position in life. Massive action needs to be taken by all countries and all individuals to limit the planet’s warming by reducing and mitigating carbon.
How will countries reach their goal? Is anyone enforcing the rules? Can countries evade responsibility?
It’s important for ‘eco’ companies to prove they are sustainable rather than just say they are. Accountability is the key. Consumers have the right to choose the companies they wish to support and make personal ethical choices based on open and honest information.
It's no longer cool to drink commercially bottled water. What is cool is to be socially responsible and raise awareness and funds for a problem that we as an industry can eradicate.
I believe that consumers should vote with their wallets and exercise this power more to drive collective change in the world. Today, many guests are very aware of environmental issues and many chose to stay in hotels they feel take care of the environment and the locals. Unfortunately, I don’t think enough people care.
Bathroom towels aside, the most irritating greenwashing that I’ve come across on my travels are otels that crow about their ‘green’ credentials yet design bedrooms without mosquito nets and fans so that it is impossible to sleep without air-con or offer food that is not seasonal and that has flown miles to get there. Woody pineapples in Athens in midwinter? Do we need them? No!