A Duty of Care Approach to Climate Change
Do you believe that individuals can make a positive impact when it comes to climate change?
The impacts of a warming planet and changing climate have been affecting the state of our environment for decades. Scientist came forward long ago alongside organizations and individuals standing up for the Earth, urging all citizens to recognize the results of the industrial era, and to change business as usual.
While there was much growth and prosperity over the past 200 years, it was far too often at the expense of the Earth and its people.
‘We Are the First Generation that Can End Poverty, the Last that Can End Climate Change.”
Solutions come from the ground up – the grassroots movements across the globe. It is up to the individual to team up with their neighbours and neighbouring businesses to address the environmental causes that are close to home.
We as individuals are responsible for the biggest improvement to the state of our environment. It’s appropriate since it affects us all. The power is in the hands of the individual’s daily actions not solely in the hands of politicians who make policy & important decisions we have little appeal on.
That doesn’t mean that we will be doing things alone. On the contrary, we will be working collectively for the common goals highlighted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Politician to Population
By relying only on those in power, the population at large is overlooked. Furthermore, since government power shifts from one party to another every four years or so, ideas and innovations lose momentum.
Emphasis on the environment varies dependent on how much emphasis is put on the economy. At the end of each leader’s term, people are left looking to the successor to carry the master plan forward for a healthier climate and planet.
But what happens when the government in power doesn’t have much interest in solving the climate issues that concern the Earth?
It is good governance, not simply good government that will offer us hope and the most effective solutions.
Making the Shift for Climate Solutions
By shifting our focus to governance based efforts, we begin to see where we can play a role in finding solutions, implementing them for long term, sustainable growth.
While good government is fundamental in maximizing the best efforts of climate change solutions, the power remains in the hands of society as a whole. Good self-governance is the biggest contribution to climate change solutions. It is the power of the many individuals coming together that supersedes the efforts of government officials that implement policy.
Duty of Care
If you think of each individual citizen as a member of the largest Board of Directors, it’s clear that we each have a duty to the Earth. We have a duty of care to make decisions in its best interest and act accordingly. We are responsible for our own future; will you vote with personal action, or leave it up to the elected individuals to act on climate?
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About the Author – Leah Feor
Leah is a strategic advisor, administrator, and content creator for Simply Sustainable™. Balancing a triple bottom line for organizations and individuals is her utmost goal. She’s a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. Her passion for the environment and social impact bring her business background to life. Outdoor adventures, healthy living, and continuous learning are just a few of her favourite things.