Businesses Face Global Climate Change Crisis

What will you do differently?

This was the main focus of Globe 2010’s town hall conference this morning, where company officials and attending members had the opportunity to ask a small panel of environmental experts about the future of a green economy.

The Globe conferences were held for  business associations who wish to include environmentalism within their cooperation and look for ways to become more environmentally friendly, and work towards the goal of sustainability.

“We have a challenge here of how we are going to put together the urgency that we need to deal with,” stated Dianne Dillon, Director of Interface Inc. “Ultimately, a green economy should just have to be an economy.”

Many relevant ideas were raised in the duration of the conference, including the government’s plan to cut carbon emissions by 75-percent within the next 40 years. This statement was announced by John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action.

“Climate change is the challenge of our generation,” said Yap, who was one of five panelists leading Globe’s morning discussion.

While the audience gave a large round of support for the government’s announcement, other panelists continued to recognize that environmental change needs to happen much sooner than government officials are prepared to deal with.

“The fact is, we don’t have much time, we actually have to make a major dent in carbon emissions between now and the year 2020,” said David Runnalls, President & CEO of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. “With all respects to the minister—it’s very easy for politicians to agree to a 75% cut by 2050, because we’ll all be dead by then.”

After the five panelists finished their initial statements, the discussion was opened to the audience, who were eager to learn more about the sustainability of a green economy.

One member of the audience brought up the idea of making “being green” sexy, a major topic for the environmental experts, who all agreed that green products need to be more appealing to consumers.

Dianne Dillon answered a series of these questions, with her opinion that nothing should be labeled as “the green choice.” In a green economy, the products will simply all be green, and all be good, she said. Dhillan noted that there should not be a choice between quality and environmentalism.

“Producers need to produce products that are ecologically sound,” said Dhillan. “Not in a way where you have to say ‘I’m going to pick the green option’, just ‘I’m going to pick the best product.’”

Other topics raised during the meeting included other countries involvement in the environmental crisis, the oil and coal industries, and the government’s role in creating a better environmental economy plan.

More in Canada

The joy of giving

Science is now providing the evidence for what we have long held to be true: that it is better to give than to receive.

Amazing photos of September in Vancouver

Take a look back at September captured through the lenses of our VO Flickr Pool contributors.

A young Iranian helps Syrian refugees adjust to Canada

A young Iranian, himself, new to Canada reaches out to help Syrian refugees settle here. But with the war in Syria, tensions between Iranians and Syrians are rising. How will he succeed?
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.