I recently attended the annual conference of the World Affairs Council, WorldAffairs 2010. During the session on Environment and Climate Change, I witnessed some very compelling presentations, panels and discussions on climate change and our new energy future. The issue is growing in terms of complexity and severity, with world water resources taking a hit as a result and a whole new (but predicted) set of challenges arising. Clearly immediate action is needed and it does not help that we still have to deal with the climate change-denying faction of the public. Climate change is real, and the sooner we focus on developing solutions the better for humanity. This is not a movie, not a political issue, but truly a matter of survival and long-term economic viability. At Bartram Sponsorship Strategies, we remain as committed as ever to doing our part by developing partnerships that drive and support change while educating the public about actions they can take to make an impact.
Visit the World Affairs Council website for more information, and be sure to check out via webcast the panel “Post Copenhagen: Establishing a Global Climate Regime?” where speakers included Nancy McFadden, Senior Vice President for PG&E Corporation; Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations; and Linda Adams of the California Environmental Protection Agency. PG&E is certainly a target for criticism, but they are the leading utility in the country on the issue of climate change, strongly supporting AB 32 and federal cap-and-trade legislation. Nancy is a dynamic speaker and made the most compelling case at the conference for businesses to pay attention to this global issue. Anyway, PG&E is to be applauded for their leadership on climate change – we need all other utilities to follow their lead.