Earth911 Podcast: Dr. Helen Crowley on Creating the Nature-Positive Economy
A new paper from the World Economic Forum, called Scaling Investments in Nature, warns that if humanity does not change the way we extract and use the resources of planet Earth, the economic impact of climate change could cost society $44 trillion in lost value by 2050 (that represents 46% of 2021 global GDP). But simply by making reasonable investments to reduce global warming and create regenerative businesses, as much as $10 trillion in new economic value can be created by 2030. Our guest, Dr. Helen Crowley, is an advisor to the World Economic Forum and contributed to the report. She has also served as Head of Sustainable Sourcing at the French luxury goods company Kering and is a partner at the Pollination Group, a climate change advisory and investment firm based in London.
Join in on a practical conversation about the ways businesses can invest to lower carbon emissions, create jobs, and enhance profitability — green investment is the key to reducing business risk and ensuring long-term survival. The World Economic Forum report also suggests that investments in sustainable sourcing and manufacturing of goods could create 395 million new jobs globally during this decade. However, there is a sizable investment gap between the capital needed and current commitments — we’re on track to fall $4.1 trillion short of the investments needed to complete the post-carbon transition by 2050. Humans being what we are, need a lot of new nature-positive ideas that can tried and revised and the lessons widely shared before it becomes plainly clear that now, not later, is the time to make the nature-positive leap. You can learn more about Dr. Crowley and the Pollination Group at pollinationgroup.com