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Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for Confronting Climate Change

Excerpt: Welcome to Team Humanity


We hear a lot these days about the what and the why of climate change. Yes, it is happening, and humans are causing it by burning fossil fuels. Yes, it's melting the Arctic and causing disruptions across the globe. And, yes, it's accelerating.


We hear a lot less about the who and the how of solving the problem. Until recently, discussion about how humanity will organize to deal with disruptive climate change has taken a backseat to the essential project of convincing people that the change is real. Now most of the world accepts that reality, and people are beginning to focus on how we, the members of Team Humanity, are going to get this thing done. Concerned citizens from all walks of life want to know how they themselves can contribute: What does it take to be a leader for the planet?


Our main concerns, and the subject of this book, are the twin issues of climate change and energy evolution. The burning of fossil fuels escalated with the introduction of powered machines in the late 19th nineteenth century. Intensified by improving living standards and a growing world population, it is accelerating worldwide. It is warming the planet, with serious consequences. To address these facts, and also because the Earth's store of fossil fuels is finite, the world's transition from fossil fuels to less polluting sources of energy is assuredly, if fitfully, underway. Across the planet, responsible people are gearing up to unleash the creativity and innovation that must fuel this transition.


Leading for the planet means protecting people and the natural systems we all depend on by sensibly managing these environmental challenges. To date, our leaders have prioritized natural science over social science, and reasonably so. Yet, to take the next step forward, humanity must now look inward. Leadership for the planet requires knowledge of both natural science and human nature.


To lead well now is to study humanity's ways of organizing and to translate that knowledge into sound decision- making and action. To help leaders understand key human factors that affect collective, systems-wide solutions, this book draws on the social sciences, from psychology to anthropology to economics. It takes a strong rather than a weak approach to sustainability; that is, it focuses on leadership for the planet rather than on leadership for individual companies alone. It assumes that the core value of "environmental sustainability" is the obligation to conduct ourselves so that we leave to future generations the option and the capacity to be as well off as we are today.


We will focus here on climate change and energy evolution, leaving for others the simultaneously critical issues of population growth and agricultural development. We address here all climate leaders, (and, also, their followers) – not only those who are currently practicing but also those who are emerging, whatever your age, training, organizational position, or resources.


The fundamental question we will consider together is: Will Team Humanity step up to save the planet?


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