Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series

Sucking up to Business Is a Certain Path to Ecological Collapse

If you incentivize a system to cause harm...then don't be surprised when it causes harm.
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PART I

Responsibility

Sucking up to Business Is a Certain Path to Ecological Collapse

If you incentivize a system to cause harm...then don't be surprised when it causes harm.
Article

PART I

Responsibility

Can a Culture of Capitalism Ever Support a Truly Green Leader?

Why Giving Up Capitalism’s “Conveniences” is the only chance for a stable climate.
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By Brad Zarnett

I used to be certain that government was failing us in our fight for a stable climate, and for the most part I still do, BUT thanks to COVID-19 I’ve gained new insight into the underlying roadblock that’s standing in our way.

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Dear Climate: You Don't Scare Us!

A Climate Change analogy to ponder over pancakes...and syrup
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Based on our track record, humans seem unwilling or unable to address climate change in a meaningful way. Previously I explored how both business and government have sabotaged progress but now it’s time to take a look in the mirror and ask: Does the problem lie with us? 

Why do we essentially sit back and watch the climate slowly lose its ability to provide for us? Are we a flawed species or are we just doing what nature prepared us to do?

Will Fear of COVID-19 and Loathing of Capitalism Drive Systemic Change?

Capitalism’s shield has been breached - we can now see its dark soul.
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Texas Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick recently said, and I paraphrase, it’s not only OK, it’s good for America to throw granny under the bus to save the economy. Just let that sink in for a moment. What kind of culture would tolerate that kind of thinking. And when I say tolerate I don’t mean tolerate from a legal perspective - I’m referring to the perspective of social norms.

Covid-19 and Climate Change; Generational Fear Drives Action

When their generation’s health is at risk and they get a little dose of fear…they spring into action.
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How do you get young people to take social isolation seriously? In a recent announcement by Washington Governor, Jay Inslee, he said, “Someone asked me the other day, ‘what’s the penalty for a young person going out to a restaurant, or hanging out in a social gathering?’ The penalty is that you might kill your grandparent”.  

Harsh but true.

Is Covid-19 the Silver Bullet for a Stable Climate?

We always knew that climate change was going to be painful…
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By Brad Zarnett

Something changed recently when I saw a map comparing the air over China before and after the country went into lockdown in an attempt to contain the Covid-19 Coronavirus. Slowly over the course of a week, I began to see the issue of climate change in a whole new light.

This might sound radical but please hear me out.

Surviving Climate Change: Where Should We Place Our Hope? Business, Government or Ourselves. (Part 1)

By Brad Zarnett
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This is a 2-part series that will explore the timely question of where we should place our hope and trust to ensure a livable planet for future generations. Part 1 will explore Business and Government and Part 2 will explore the extent to which we should place that hope in Ourselves, as Individuals and Collectively as members of society.

Business Won’t Operate Sustainably but We Can’t Regulate Them or Else? I Don’t Accept That.

The idea that you can’t push too hard or else companies will leave is a convenient position for profit obsessed corporations.
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By Brad Zarnett

Last week I was engaged in a conversation with a highly respected sustainability colleague. We both have a similar vision for a better planet but we have a fundamental difference of opinion on how to get there.

Companies Must “Zoom Out” for a Sustainable Planet

What’s more radical? Calmly following a path towards an almost certain human crisis or trying something new, on the fringe, something disruptive, that has a chance of changing our course for a better future.
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As I said in my previous article, “Climate Change: Incrementalism is no Longer a Viable Option”, the pace of climate change is accelerating and small steps won’t be enough.

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