Climate Change. It’s not just for the realms of charities and government. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that “Climate Change is real” and that “it is caused by emissions resulting from human activities” and that “it poses a grave threat to humanity’s future.” Since Climate Change has been formally recognized by Canada’s highest court of law, every business enterprise, in order to assure long term sustainability, should explore how Climate Change might directly or indirectly affect it and exactly what these effects could be.
Let’s take a deeper dive. From Climate Change comes Climate Impact. As responsible stewards of business, we need to explore and identify this. Climate Impact equates to the perceivable effects of Climate Change. Climate Impacts can be felt in water security, food security, maritime fisheries, arable land, fresh air, and forestry. I’m confident that at least one of these factors may have a direct or indirect effect on most business enterprises.
Don’t despair. I’m optimistic. I don’t like just to sit and lament the bad times. I like to move past into proactive deliberations and action. Finally, Climate Resilience is a particular fascination of mine. According to the Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions, this is “the ability to prepare for, recover from or adapt to the impacts of climate change.” This is the, ‘So what are we going to do about it” part of any long term business sustainability analysis. Although Climate Change has been formalized and Climate Impact is multi-faceted, Climate Resilience is an area for the generation of creative and innovative solutions.