With this website we would like to take the opportunity to inform you about our point of view regarding Sustainability in general and climate change in particular. I believe everybody has the right to live without poverty, without hunger, in good health and receive quality education. Anywhere in the world. In the coming years the growing population will increase the need for clean, fresh water, sustainable cities and thus climate actions are much needed.
The Government in The Netherlands wants to be climate neutral in 2050. We believe that this is too late and the urgency is much higher. If we feel free to take the time until 2050, the next generation will be the first generation to decrease in prosperity and well-being. During the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, better known as The Paris Agreement, over 190 countries have pledged to limit temperature rise to 1,5 to 2 degrees beyond the level that it was when the industrial revolution began. However, at this moment the temperature has already increased with 1 degree already.
One degree increase in temperature since roughly 1760 is not that much you would think. However, greenhouse gasses, and especially CO2 remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, which means the built up of these gasses is exponential. If we continue to emit the current levels of CO2, we will have to face a temperature rise over 4 degrees.
This means radical change is needed. But is this possible? We think it is. Technically everything is already possible. But we certainly will need to work together. As governments, organizations, businesses and human beings. We need to create a holistic view and work on co-creation together. We believe the way to go forward is through globalization. The process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations, a process driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology.
Let’s start here and let’s start now. And do remember, growth is more than an increase in numbers. As Nelson Mandela said: “It always seems impossible, until it’s done”. We believe we need to keep this in mind, when we look at the challenges ahead.