Greta’s right: less talk, more action

Oct 28, 2021

What is actually being done about climate change?

As the Rainforest Alliance’s chief executive officer, Santiago Gowland oversees the organization’s strategic, programmatic, financial, and operational leadership. Gowland has dedicated his career to driving organizational innovation and sustainability strategies for some of the world’s leading brands and organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Unilever, Nike, Inc., and The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Searching for, “Climate change” on Google produces 1.1 billion results in less than a second. It seems almost everyone everywhere is talking about it, including the great and the good who are gathered in Glasgow at the UN’s 26th Climate Change Conference. But what is actually being done?

The gap between rhetoric and action is critical. Action comes in two flavors: top-down policies that aim to decarbonize and bottom-up behaviors of ordinary people, communities, and companies.  In many ways, it’s the latter where real change occurs.

Santiago Gowland, CEO of the Rainforest Alliance has spent years working with businesses, NGOs and citizens around the world to mitigate some of the biggest impacts of climate change.  Listen as he discusses urgent efforts to reverse the degradation of rainforests and to create truly sustainable supply chains that are good for people as well as for the planet

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1 Comment

  1. Ken Zamvil

    There is a profound difference between polluters and non polluters.
    That difference is classicly described as greed. Those in the money and with the money simply care more for maintaining the status quo and continuing creating pollution (those in the fossil fuel industries and in the plastics industries). These influential individuals represent perhaps 2-3% of the 7.5 billion people on earth. The 97-98% of all people suffer from more than benefit from this.

    The only way change will be effected is if all of these profiteering by causing pollution (including rain forest
    deforesters) ARE SUDDENLY, AND COMPLETELY, FORCED TO STOP WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND CREATE NEW INDUSTRIES CAPABLE OF PRODUCING GREENHOUSE GAS UPTAKE WITH ALL EXPEDIENCY AND HASTE. This means no more driving personal vehicles that use fossil fuels and no more logging worldwide. China, Africa and India are the worst offenders. The world has to make all countries heel to these new rules, virtually, yesterday.


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