During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was a student, an instructor, an ed-tech social entrepreneur, and a mother. I was juggling these roles as best as I could without losing my mind. In the process, however, I learnt a lot about education.
Business can be the driving force of leading transformative and innovative solutions to help solve these societal and environmental challenges.
Our constructed environment, life on land and under water, as well as humanity’s health and wellbeing are damaged, polluted and threatened by man-made, oil-based materials.
We know that people care more and more about the impact of the products that they use and our own data show that environmental concerns are shared by people around the world.
Under most third-party scenarios developed by the United Nation’ Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change that meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, oil and natural gas will continue to play an essential role for decades in meeting the increasing energy demand of a growing and more prosperous global population.
The role of infrastructure is to stimulate and facilitate social and economic development by connecting, supporting and protecting society. Unfortunately for society at this time, the vast majority of the infrastructure we have is not fit for purpose against the backdrop of humanity’s greatest challenge, which is the existential threat represented by climate change.
To reach ambitious climate targets by mid-century radical innovation will be critical and it won’t happen unless we deploy unprecedented levels of collaboration.
In exposing the many vulnerabilities of our interconnected world, the COVID-19 pandemic has also brought to light the criticality of increasing the sustainability of development at a faster pace, as countries look to shore up resilience against future disruption and global risks events.
The Chinese government’s expectations for carbon neutrality are not limited to only the green transformation of China’s traditional industries, but they also include the further industrial upgrading and social modernization that can be achieved by advancing the green transformation of the economy.
Today, there is a duty and an opportunity for business leaders, investors, management schools and policy makers to reposition the corporation positively, in ways that reflect the changing needs of society and the environment.
For decades, mass consumption has been deeply rooted in people’s minds. It has long been considered a personal achievement. It is now time to change that cultural model.
In terms of limiting waste, a key area that demands more attention is electronic waste or e-waste generation. Electronic devices have become commonplace. They are proven enablers.