Commenting on David Attenborough’s recent keynote speech at the UN-sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland, Simon Nicholls observes:
The destruction of the natural world is a subject which cannot elicit a response of apathy any longer. David Attenborough does not underestimate the problem nor does he mince his words: “A man-made disaster of a global scale”.
In Poland he talked of the “collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world” being on the horizon if we fail to act now. For too long, global warming and the preservation of wildlife and habitat has been perceived as the province of those wanting to disassociate with the mainstream and lead alternative, ‘off-grid’ existences. The has been a fatal mistake.
Growing up in Totnes, I was exposed from a young age to the spectrum of alternative lifestyles. I chose, however, to engage with this most pressing of issues from a position of pragmatism and action. As Group Managing Director of the Devon Power group of companies, we witness daily the genuine desire of business to shift away from reliance on fossil fuels and inefficient plant and machinery.
What is remarkable is the huge appetite on the part of SW businesses to take steps on their own journey to Carbon reduction irrespective of the larger political picture.
Government is well behind the curve but thanks to the universally received message that we are almost too late, the shift is truly underway. We look forward to 2019 and hope it marks the first year where climate preservation is front and centre on all parties’ agendas.
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