Highlights from COP26 – Will Leaders Deliver on Promises Made?

The tools needed to solve the environment crisis exist and commitments promised by world leaders last week could help the world move towards solutions.
Over 130 leaders of countries representing more than 90 percent of the world’s forests pledged to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030.

The halfway point of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP26 saw many green commitments made by world leaders, but will these promises be kept?

Judging by a historical lack of collective action from the international community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the answer to that question would seem to be a resounding “no!” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had estimated in 2011 that limiting global average temperature increases to 1.5C would require a reduction of carbon dioxide or CO2 emissions of 45 percent in 2030, or a 25 percent reduction by 2030 to limit warming to 2C.  

Discouraging news came this week with the latest results of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) from more than 100 nations monitoring their CO2 … Read more...

Changing the World: ESG, Earth Day, Volunteers

Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist, author and speaker. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Barnard College in New York City and her MA and PhD degrees from Columbia University. She published 21 books but was known more for the force of her personality than the accuracy of her conclusions. Here at Intelex, we promote the accuracy of data and encourage allowing the data to tell the story, Margaret Mead relied on observations, rather than data, to reach her conclusions.

While I strongly support the use of data to come to well-researched and well-founded conclusions, I have to admit that my favorite quote is one from Margaret: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

The power of those words and of that conclusion never fails to get me in all the feels. The only … Read more...

What Factors Are Accelerating the Rise of the Sustainable Business?

The business world is always changing, and the most successful companies are those that foresee, understand and get out ahead of these changes to retain or expand their competitive edge.

The decade ahead could see a reprise of last century’s “Roaring 20s,” with all its rapid economic growth, inflation and employment gains as the world climbs out from the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the economy heats up, businesses will be looking for ways to take advantage of the growth while mitigating risk and downside. One promising approach is to increase efforts around environment, social and governance (ESG) strategies. Refocusing will help them deal with the trends that are changing global markets.

Government Regulations and Policies

Governments’ environmental policy varies from country to country. This is due in part to the varied priorities and strategies for addressing climate change, varied stages of economic development and even administration changes … Read more...