Unfortunately we are far from doing so. Various estimates, such as this McKinsey study, find that changes can be made using currently available technologies - and with a good rate of economic return to individuals or organisations - at more than twice the current rates of implementation.
It's quite something of a paradox. We say that the cost of taking action on climate change is an impediment to business and society sustainability. But we also do not act when it is profitable and the financial rewards, through energy efficiency, can be achieved at low risk.
To bridge this action gap some experience from waste generation, recycling and disposal is very relevant. We often look at the world through only one or two lenses - measurable objective numbers and profit. But successful waste and sustainability interventions are doing far more than this.
These interventions actively consider the worldviews and perspectives that individuals hold. And they are considering the organisational culture or society's developmental centre of gravity.
In other words, when we look at the world through four lenses, including things like:
- Personal beliefs and worldviews
- Individual environmental footprints
- Organisational profits
We get better results. It's a big topic and, for more, please see this talk: A thinking feeling lean wasteline.
Image originally from Barrett Brown presentation to Integral Sustainability Colorado workshop 2006. Previous post in this series The Tech