Four Ways We Can All Support Progress on Climate
By: Mike Forbes, CEO, Alter Eco
For too long, the path to addressing climate change has been hard and frustrating. With temperatures shifting at unprecedented rates and extreme climate events increasing, the health of the planet is at a tipping point. This is even more important with the onset of Covid-19, as such events contribute to increasing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
On January 20th, 2021, we moved one step forward in changing this.
In his first few hours of taking office, President Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement, fulfilling one of his first promises. By bringing the US back into the global movement of building a sustainable future, President Biden has signaled that climate change is no longer a waiting game. Now, we can start mending the division that has formed between the US and the rest of the world and hold ourselves accountable in reducing carbon emissions and fulfilling domestic climate policies.
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We believe this work is important and Alter Eco has been leaning in to help. Emboldened by our mission to fight for social justice through the business of food, we worked closely with the Environmental Voter Project. We helped increase voter turnout and raised environmental awareness by writing non-partisan letters to the wider community. We are confident that this reawakened commitment to reversing climate change will enable us to set more ambitious goals for the future, and we spent some time this week talking as a team about what needs to happen next. Here’s what we think:
The time to get to work is now.
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Let’s take clean investments even further.
From the underrated threat of harmful fertilizers to the exhaustive use of industrial machinery, our farming methods continue to contaminate soils, pollute bodies of water, and rely on destructive fossil fuels. As is the case in animal agriculture, concentrated feeding operations in large specialized farms lead to the routine use of antibiotics to treat animal diseases—putting environmental and public health at risk. The reality is our current agricultural model isn’t working. It’s endangering animal and plant diversity, but also hurting rural communities.
There is so much more we can do as a community.
We can aim higher.
When President Kennedy came into office, he made it his mission to get a team of astronauts to the moon. He planned to do this in less than a decade. No one thought it was possible. An unpopular idea at first, people had no idea how we would be able to get there. Yet, it galvanized us, and we did it. So, let’s follow his example and aim higher. Why not reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030?
As Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, […], because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
We can choose in this decade to do the hard work it takes to reverse the effects of climate change. Let’s get started!