Richard Branson argues the biggest risk we face is doing nothing about climate change
by Lindsey Little
Categories: Causes, Environment
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Virgin founder Richard Branson responded to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on his blog.

“It’s clearer than ever,” he says. “Climate change is real, humans are the cause, and we have to act. Sometimes the riskiest decision you can make is to do nothing.”

The IPCC report states, “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.”

It goes on to say, “The atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years.”

The 63-year-old business mogul believes competition in the clean fuels market is the solution. “The key to tackling climate change is to see it as an opportunity rather than an obstacle,” he said.

“Fossil energy companies should be investing more and more of their record profits into getting renewable, sustainable energy systems to scale. Agricultural and commodity companies should be working with those looking to restore the Earth’s ecosystems and the soils back to their naturally optimized, more productive states. Bright, innovative entrepreneurs and business people should be applying their skills to solving problems like climate change.”

Branson believes “everybody has a responsibility to do something about it.”

“Everyone can still do more,” he says. Everybody out there needs to reduce their own personal impact, and that includes yours truly. But we also need to spread the message to politicians, employers, businesses, media, friends and family. Governments need to have the integrity, courage and determination to negotiate internationally binding agreements to cut emissions.”

Branson also founded the Carbon War Room, a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the “adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy.” They are “working to reduce emissions in industries ranging from shipping to building, as well as bringing 10 island economies onto 100% renewable energy,” said Branson.

“Virgin are doing all we can within and beyond our businesses to tackle these problems, as are some other companies,” he said. “But many organizations and individuals haven’t even started; or they still have their heads buried in the sand. What are you going to do?”

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  • Buck Man

    Global warming is not man-made. Its a cosmological phenomenon. Google search : “Global warming on Pluto puzzles scientists”

    • disqus_vIpjlC2ayg

      Pop your head back in the sand bud.

      • Buck Man

        Just keepin it real jr, unlike your beloved “junk science”.

      • PokerRay

        No you’re not, but you’re doing a great job of keeping it stupid. It’s not like you are the first climate denier, but I have yet to hear even the most obtuse blame it on the solar system.

  • SillyAnna

    Branson is spot on with his suggestions and advice. To all the Global Warming naysayers, none of you are looking at the whole picture. You are all making assumptions that is or it isn’t. No one is saying that! What we are saying is humans are not helping global warming, man may not be the sole cause of it. We all understand there is a certain amount that is the natural cycle of the planet. However, what we do know about humans impact on Global Warming, which is a lot, shows us we are and have indeed accelerated and exacerbated Global Warming to the point that is dangerous to us now and only going to get worse for sometime to come. It will take decades of change from all of us to even begin to see the improvements. If we want this planet to still be habitable for our children and their children, the change should have started a generation ago, but late is better than never. Only a sociopath would not want to do all they could to slow or even stop Global Warming.

  • Buck Man

    Global warming is a cosmological phenomenon guys, NOT man made. Its happening across the solar system. Heres yet another article junk science tried to silence, this time from the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works :

    Google search : “Warming On Jupiter, Mars, Pluto, Neptune’s Moon & Earth Linked to Increased Solar Activity, Scientists Say”

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