Time to turn words into tangible action

Time to turn words into tangible action

‘‘Achieving net zero will be ‘humanity’s greatest ever achievement” Bill Gates

Bill Gates is one of the most influential, famous men in the world who has changed the way world communicates through his pioneering technology. So, when he talks about climate change and COVID it understandably sparks considerable interest.

Gates suggests global warming could create a death toll every year “even greater than we have had in this pandemic.” Now in a new book called ‘How To Avoid A Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have And The Breakthroughs We Need’, he also sets out what needs to be done to save the world. The Microsoft co-founder argues that the only solution lies in aiming for zero carbon emissions. Interestingly by his own admission Gates could do more personally but at least he recognises this and is using his position to try change things – for example he has invested over $1 billion into approaches that he hopes will get the world to zero carbon dioxide emissions. Gates admits:

“I am aware that I’m an imperfect messenger on climate change. The world is not exactly lacking in rich men with big ideas about what other people should do, or who think technology can fix any problem. I own big houses and fly in private planes – in fact, I took one to Paris for the climate conference, so who am I to lecture anyone on the environment? I plead guilty to all three charges. I can’t deny being a rich guy with an opinion. I do believe, though, that it is an informed opinion, and I am always trying to learn more.”

Will people change their ways? In reality Gates’ comments might not make everybody suddenly change but contains a powerful message from one of the world’s wealthiest, most influential business leaders talking about the importance of innovation, green products and the role of government regulations. The fact he is creating discussion and being broadcast across mainstream media channels and newspapers is a start and his comments follow other influential individuals who recognise the value of using their positions to help drive forward change.

This year will be crucial for turning words into tangible action. In November, the UK will host a key round of UN climate talks known as Cop26. UK minister Alok Sharma, Cop president is responsible for working with countries as they talk about their ambitious plans to tackle the climate crisis at the summit. UK banks have deadlines looming this year to show the PRA how they are prepared for climate risk exposure and businesses and consumers face increased pressure to reduce emissions and be greener. It is an issue that is everyone’s responsibility and individually and collectively we must act now. At D-Risk we are working hard with a number of lenders to support their climate change journey, helping to put climate risk at the forefront of financial decision making and strategy in line with PRA regulations. Our data solutions are backed over 100 years of collective experience from our team and support from the CLS group of companies including professionals in conveyancing, valuation, environmental risk and land and property assessment.

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