Mark Kenber: "A clean revolution is key to growth, investment, jobs, health, security. There is no high-carbon, prosperous future."
- 24 April 2014
LONDON: On the eve of The Climate Group's 10th anniversary event which takes place in London on April 28, our CEO Mark Kenber took part in a live Twitter Q&A today on @ClimateGroup and @MarkKenber, exploring what the world urgently needs to build a low carbon future.
The session began with Mark answering questions around the crucial role of different actors - varying from consumers to urban areas - in curbing climate change and securing a future based on a low carbon economy. Spotlighting the scale of the climate challenge and importance of renewables in addressing it, Mark stressed key barriers to the acceleration of clean energy adoption across the world.
@ICCGOV postponing means we'll have to do more urgently, more abruptly = more cost, more disruption, less chance of success— Mark Kenber (@MarkKenber) April 24, 2014
@ACTadaptation C budget sets limit but horse-trading over it is zero sum game and doesn't help - need real partnerships on shared solutions— Mark Kenber (@MarkKenber) April 24, 2014
When asked how he feels about the prospects for our planet, Mark said that on both a professional and personal level he is "optimistic", but emphasized that renewables must be embedded deeply into our energy infrastructure across all economies and industries in order to have a real impact towards achieving a safer future.
.@fximeno absolutely, esp energy - centralised won't reach those without access, new infrastructure too expensive, not responsive to demand— Mark Kenber (@MarkKenber) April 24, 2014
Questioned about the true power of public platforms such as social media, Mark underlined how critical mass movements can spur businesses and governments to act. But despite its potential influence, much progress is still to be made in a mainstream climate movement, as highlighted by BT's Chief Sustainability Officer who asked Mark his thoughts on why there has been no mass change in public opinion and action around climate change.
@NAMAPartnership when leaders see mass public support, they pay attention cf response to air quality in China— Mark Kenber (@MarkKenber) April 24, 2014
.@kleinau15 vote for parties that support action, tell MPs, create mass via social media, tell your friends, colleagues— Mark Kenber (@MarkKenber) April 24, 2014
.@bluNiall harder identify common enemy, those who want action are also bound up in problem, often seems a diffuse problem...— Mark Kenber (@MarkKenber) April 24, 2014
Turning the focus to the bi-partisan politics of climate change, Mark highlighted 'odd moments' of cross-party consensus such as in the UK 3 years ago, but largely critisized the perception of the climate change dialogue for not being seen as a source of future prosperity and jobs - as it should be.
@stewartboyle4 we need to show that action on CC meets all people's aspirations - not about sacrifice but about prosperity and security— Mark Kenber (@MarkKenber) April 24, 2014
.@lasiddiquee 1 in 142 jobs in US last year in solar energy, UK green econ creates more jobs per £ than the rest... so yes— Mark Kenber (@MarkKenber) April 24, 2014
Concluding by looking at key actions government leaders could take to accelerate a clean revolution, Mark was also keen to highlight progress that has been made over the past 10 years, a point that will be shared at The Climate Group's event in London this coming Monday.
.@meganrowling show they actually mean what they say with consistent policy, use public procurement to support low C goods and serves...— Mark Kenber (@MarkKenber) April 24, 2014
@makower major RE deployment in states and regions, low C businesses, cities, states outperforming peers, new EVs cooler than trade'l cars,— Mark Kenber (@MarkKenber) April 24, 2014
If you're interested in some of the topics that were raised in today's session, you can continue this discussion in our new Google+ Community.
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