April 21 2021
by Hank Boerner – Chair & Chief Strategist, G&A Institute
In brief – yes, this is Climate Week, being observed just about everywhere on this precious Blue Orb floating in space.
The varied observations are “surrounding” the now-50-plus-one years of celebrating Earth Day going back to April 1970, United States Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was the moving force behind the very first Earth Day in the United States of America.
Good news for 2021: The U.S.A. is fully “back” in climate change matters with the nation rejoining the Paris Agreement and embracing and promising to surpass the COP temperature-limiting goals. As we write this,
President Joseph Biden and VP Kamala Harris are leading a global leader virtual summit on climate change issues.
Senator Gaylord’s words in Denver, Colorado that first Earth Day continue to speak to us across the decades: “Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human being and all living creatures.”
Here we are in 2021 in the USA witnessing the dramatic expansion of the decades of Earth Day celebrations with current and future promises, pledges, and action on many fronts – in many nations as well – and among global institutions (like the arms of the United Nations and many more),
And by tens of millions of people, individuals who care about the state of humanity and state of our planet.
While considerable focus is on the Biden-Harris Administration policy declarations and actions at the Federal level (“the climate administration”), there are many more actions at the state, city – municipality and tribal levels as well in the United States.
And, across the spectrum of firms in “Corporate America” and at many asset management firms there is the rapidly-widening embrace of ESG policies and actions.
‘No doubt the digital climate summit of this week will spur internal debate in corporate suites along the lines of: What are industry and investing peers doing – what else should we be doing! What are our risks and opportunities as the world engages to move toward Net Neutrality!
In this brief post we are sharing timely updates in each of our subject/topic silos that readers find each week in the G&A Sustainability Highlights newsletter.
Reminder – there is much more related current and archived climate change content beyond the silos for you on the G&A’s SustainabilityHQ platform. And more related content to share on G&A’s Sustainability Update blog.
- US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities’ sustainability efforts (Source: The Hill)
- U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry, investors, and banks to highlight growing net-zero momentum in U.S. finance (Source: Ceres)
- 310 Businesses and Investors Support U.S. Federal Climate Target in Open Letter to President Biden (Source: Ceres)
- And worth reading again: Senator Gaylord Nelson Speech Notes of April 22, 1970 and related information.