Let's end 2019 with an existential downer. Climate Change Is Accelerating, Bringing World 'Dangerously Close' to Irreversible Change 1 was an alarming, but no longer shocking, New York Times front page headline on December 4. Don't blame the headline writer for the alarm, the column's content was just as bad. I've been immersed in climate change developments since Sallan opened its doors 15 years ago and have paid attention to climate change since hearing a James Hansen talk in the 1990's. Until recently, both climate science and media coverage, spotty though such coverage could be, told us the impacts of climate change would start rolling in mid-century, with 2100 as the time when the oppressive weight of these impacts were predicted to be felt. But all that's changed. Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the UN World Meteorological Organization has bad tidings. Things are already getting worse. The climate crisis is upon us. Now.
People often say that California is a leader in the climate movement — but we still have a lot of work to do to earn our climate cred. While it's true that the Golden State has made a lot of progress on demand-side solutions (think: electric cars, municipal composting, solar panels), the rest of the world needs to know that California has some dirty secrets. We're still pumping oil & gas out of the ground at a terrifying rate; and we're still investing our public pensions in the companies that are engaged in this reckless behavior. Both of these things are already losing us a lot of money — and they are poised to cause catastrophic losses.
Nancy Anderson, the Executive Director of the Sallan Foundation, was honored to receive recognition for outstanding accomplishments in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the real estate and construction sector by City & State.