There are many good reasons for caring about the climate, but since we’re talking economy we’ll start with money. Here are two of many good studies regarding the financial benefits of pursuing a climate economy now:
- NextGen Climate: The Pricetag of Being Young; discusses costs to future generation for climate mitigation, pollution, weather events, etc. if we don’t act now – link to PDF report is at bottom of page
- Citi: ENERGY DARWINISM II Why a Low Carbon Future Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth; click to the full report in the first paragraph – cost savings are huge in a cleaner economy
- Companies are saving billions
- It’s a big investment opportunity
So, wait, we can work towards a cleaner environment and it will actually save money and provide other benefits? You betcha. Some studies have claimed that cleantech or the climate economy will result in higher costs for consumers; but they’re normally not counting the benefits side, because if you do then it results in a net positive for consumers. It’s important to read the fine print! There are many organizations with vested interests in keeping the status quo so they will do their best to convince you do to nothing. We, of course, believe you are much smarter than that!
Lots more on this topic in other posts.
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