Leadership and the challenge of climate change
Recent events have dramatized the urgent need for prompt and bold action to respond to climate change. In view of this situation, what is and ought to be the substance of environmental leadership? Joel A Mintz, professor of law emeritus, C. William Trout Senior Fellow in Public Interest Law at Nova Southeastern University College of Law, former EPA enforcement attorney and chief attorney, in this The Hill article says leadership must come from a number of places, including governments, private enterprises, non-governmental organizations and individuals.
Government at all levels has an important role to play in mitigating climate change and adapting to its impacts, taking prudent steps to safeguard people and property from climate-related harm.
In tandem with governmental entities, the private sector has an immense leadership role to play to avert a wholesale climate disaster as do NGOs.
Finally, private individuals play a valuable role by paying close attention to changes that are taking place around them, staying informed of trends and developments respecting global climate, and speaking out about the need for solutions.
All of this will require effort, and a sometimes substantial investment of resources. Nonetheless, says Mintz, it is worth recalling that the species to which all humans belong has been labeled “homo sapiens,” Latin words that mean “wise man.” The complex challenges posed by the climate crisis provide a remarkable opportunity for our species to live up to that phrase.
The Hill, July 20, 2021. Read the full article here.
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