Earth Hour Now, ETS Next
View Article Source
Story Date :
Mar 25 2010
Earth Hour is a Sydney innovation, started by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007. Since then it’s adoption has spread and it is now a truly global event, held on the last Saturday in March between 8.30 and 9.30pm, local time. Businesses have been strong supporters from the beginning.
Of course, one hour is just a start. There are 8,760 hours in a year, but in this edition of BTalk Greg Bourne, the Aussie CEO of the WWF, says that it’s all to do with changing attitudes.
Good corporate citizenship is one thing, but will it go far enough? Do we need an Emissions Trading Scheme if we really are to control climate change? Michael Salvatico is the CEO of Climakind, a new business enabling Australian companies to trade on the EU’s ETS. [At Climakind we make one trade to buy European Allowances and then voluntarily cancel them, effectively neutralising your carbon emissions.]
In the programme I ask Michael and Greg what they think of (former Shadow Finance Minister) Barnaby Joyce’s view, shared by Australia’s Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, that an ETS is just an excuse to introduce a new tax on business that will do nothing for the climate but cost business big-time.
Listen to the podcast now.
The message from science is clear - we urgently need to act now to reduce global carbon emissions and help stop damaging climate change.
The evidence linking human carbon emissions to global warming is clear. We need to make deep cuts in carbon emissions in order to avoid the irreversible consequences of damaging climate change.
Those consequences become severe once temperatures have risen above 2 degrees Celsius. We must and can avoid this much warming.