The Solutions Are Neither Quick Nor Easy, So Let’s Talk

Nov 6, 2013 1:45 PM ET

Let’s recap, shall we?

Recent sustainability news has not been uplifting. Consider these highlights: 40 percent of the global population is expected to live in areas of high water stress by 2025; G20 countries need to reduce their carbon intensity by 6% per year to not exceed two degrees of warming, but have averaged only 0.7% of annual decarbonization over the last five years; the Euro Zone is still facing record unemployment levels; protests and other forms of social upheaval continue to pop up all over the world at a staggering rate; and the fraction of companies believed by consumers to be delivering on their CSR programs has dropped dramatically to a sad 5%.

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