by Carole Laible, Chief Executive Officer, Domini Social Investments
Human nature often resists change. We struggle with moving from familiar surroundings to new, unknown territories. Yet, when it comes to the greatest single challenge we face today, our resistance to change will surely cause massive, uncontrollable, and unforeseeable changes.
As leaders of 195 countries have begun to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, the focus on a solution to a warming planet is moving from cutting emissions to calls for a global carbon tax. A carbon tax would impose a financial surcharge on fossil fuels for the cost of their polluting impact on the environment and make cleaner energy sources a more viable economic choice.
We hear a lot about putting a price on carbon but what does it really mean? This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, Mark Schapiro, an investigative journalist and the author of Carbon Shock, helps us understand the bustling carbon market that already exists and explains the carbon taxes that all of us are already paying – whether we know it or not.
Practical carbon pricing models are materializing in unexpected places.
In our ever-evolving global economy, it’s becoming crystal clear that only the countries and companies that successfully merge sustainability with profitability will succeed in a resource constrained world. In the future, if organizations and governments divorce sustainability from financial growth, they’ll simply put themselves out of business.
When I search Google for “Chris Bosh is a…” the autofill feature suggests I complete the phrase with “a dinosaur,” or more specifically, “a velociraptor”. Notwithstanding my usual confidence in Google’s expertise on all things Bosh, I beg to differ with auto fill. Isay he’s a carbon tax.
The federal government in Washington, DC is at an all-time low in public esteem. This has to do with a lot of things, from intransigent right-wing ideology (e.g., debt ceiling debacle) to bureaucratic incompetence (e.g., Affordable Care Act website), to partisan gamesmanship (e.g., gerrymandered congressional districts), to outright, willful ignorance (e.g., climate change deniers), to a campaign finance system that produces policy makers held captive to the very special interests they are supposed to regulate (e.g., Wall Street, agribusiness, energy companies).
Last week on Sea Change Radio, influential progressive and cognitive linguist George Lakoff laid out the principles of linguistic framing as they relate to environmentalism. This week, part two of hostAlex Wise‘s discussion with Prof.