In this blog, we’re going to look at why climate change is happening and why we all need to start living and working in a more sustainable way.

Climate Change

Climate change is happening right now. Things we do such as burning fossil fuels, and clearing forests release greenhouse gases, which make our planet become warmer. If we don’t do something and continue with business as usual, we’re looking at a disastrous rise in global temperatures by 2100. There would be prolonged heatwaves, droughts and extreme weather events which will become increasingly common and severe and nowhere in the world would be immune. These changes will impact the natural systems that we depend on for food and water.

Macro Trends

By 2050, there will be nearly 10 billion people on Earth. If we keep using resources as we do now, we’ll need three planets to keep up. This could lead to serious problems, like extreme heat, not enough water, and more diseases.

The Vicious Cycle: Agriculture and Climate Change

Looking for cheap products has driven costs out of agriculture and led to cutting down forests and changing land, and using lots of fossil fuel based input, which has helped to make climate change worse. It’s like a never-ending cycle. Agriculture is also uniquely vulnerable to climate change as it is underpinned by natural systems. Companies in sectors that rely on agriculture, such as food and textiles, are making things worse by using up a lot of resources.

Why Food Specifically?

Food is critically important, but did you know it’s also a big source of pollution? The way we produce food adds emissions to the environment. We also waste a third of all the food we make, which is a big part of the problem. If we treated food waste like a country, it would be the third-largest source of greenhouse gas in the world.

How You Can Help

It’s time for all of us to take action and support sustainable practices. Let’s hold businesses accountable so they make a big difference. They need to understand how they impact the environment and wider society, reduce these impacts and also create positive contributions.

I’ve been working with businesses for almost 20 years, helping them become more sustainable. I get that it’s tough — everybody wants to do good, but there’s so much confusion. That’s why I started Achieve Goal 12. I can help your business by clearing up the important issues, cutting through the noise, and giving you the tools to make a real impact. If this sounds like your situation, shoot me a message, and let’s chat about where you’re at, what you want to achieve, and how I can help your team.

FAQs

1. What is climate change, and why is it happening?

Climate change refers to the long-term alteration of Earth’s climate, primarily driven by human activities such as burning fossil fuels and deforestation. These activities release greenhouse gases, leading to a warming of the planet.

2. What are the potential consequences of climate change?

If current trends continue, by 2100, the Earth could experience disastrous rises in global temperatures, leading to prolonged heatwaves, droughts, and more severe extreme weather events. These changes will impact natural systems, affecting food and water sources globally.

3. How do macro trends, like population growth, contribute to the climate crisis?

With a projected population of nearly 10 billion by 2050, the demand for resources will increase significantly. If current resource consumption patterns persist, the Earth may face challenges like extreme heat, water scarcity, and increased disease risks.

4. What is the connection between agriculture and climate change?

Seeking cheap products has driven agricultural practices that contribute to climate change. Deforestation, changes in land use, and reliance on fossil fuel-based inputs creating a harmful cycle. Agriculture, as a sector, is particularly vulnerable to climate change, impacting food and textile industries.

5. Why is food production a concern in the context of climate change?

Food production is a significant source of pollution, with emissions generated during the production process. Additionally, the global issue of food waste contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. If treated as a country, food waste would rank as the third-largest source of such emissions worldwide.

6. How can individuals contribute to addressing climate change and promoting sustainability?

Individuals can play a crucial role by adopting sustainable practices in their daily lives. This includes reducing energy consumption, minimising waste, and making environmentally conscious choices. Holding businesses accountable for their environmental impact is also important.

7. What is Achieve Goal 12, and how can it help businesses become more sustainable?

Achieve Goal 12 is a platform aimed at helping businesses become more sustainable. With almost 20 years of experience, the platform offers guidance to businesses, cutting through confusion and providing tools to make a real impact. The focus is on understanding environmental and societal impacts, reducing negative contributions, and creating positive change.

8. How can businesses benefit from Achieve Goal 12’s services?

Achieve Goal 12 supports businesses in navigating the complexities of sustainability, helping them understand their impact on the environment and society. By offering clear insights, cutting through misinformation, and providing practical tools, the platform empowers businesses to contribute positively to sustainability efforts.