To think climate action as an investment

 

Climate change is a very serious threat for mankind and especially for the most vulnerable populations. Global warming will reduce crop yields and will trigger more often extreme weather events.

The cost of climate change could be high in the future. Tackling climate change has a cost but doing nothing right now and having to adapt later would definitely be more expensive. This why acting to avoid climate change must not be considered as a cost as much as an investment.

Andrew Steer, President and Director of the World Resources Institute (WRI) put forward new ideas. For example, investing in cities’ public transportation will have a positive impact while helping workers’ productivity throughout cities. Reforesting abandoned wastelands is an opportunity for many poor populations to see an increase of their incomes. Finally energy savings is not free but the benefits far outweigh the costs.

Andrew Steer’s interview