Giving Compass' Take:
- Here are five disciplinary lenses that can help understand the threats of climate change as it intersects with other societal issues.
- Why is it crucial for donors to take action steps related to climate justice, not just climate change?
- Read more about climate justice here.
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Is ESG a distraction from climate action? This was the question recently posed by the New York Times to a panel of experts in a brilliant debate as part of its Climate Forward conference held in London. The debate was arguably won by the negative team who made a persuasive argument that in fact, the affirmative team could not really explain how ESG is a distraction. A distraction from what? Climate action was too broad to define. After all, climate is not a stand-alone issue. Reforming capitalism was also alluded to, giving the audience the sense there is a deeper malaise underlying the climate imperative.
How can we begin to unpack the meta-issue of Climate?
Given the complexity of the subject, applying multi-disciplinary lenses to move away from over-simplified narratives, is a first step. The following five disciplinary lenses may offer some insights.
Tackling the climate emergency requires a patient civilizational make-over
Climate is unleashing a re-balancing of power between countries
Climate data highlights that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius relies not just on a reduction of emissions, but on emergent technological and nature-based solutions
Climate is a casualty of outdated economic models and theories
Investing in climate is a divisive values-driven opportunity
Read the full article about climate lens by Farahnaz Karim at Alliance Magazine.