Climate Change, Industry and Over-Consumption
As acceptance of the hard climate change reality increases, global industry and business are coming to terms with their products' and activities' culpability for greenhouse gas emissions. Over past days in the UK several leading industrial leaders urged their government to implement tougher curbs on carbon dioxide emissions [more]. And the insurer Lloyd's of London has warned that the insurance industry may be swept away if urgent actions are not taken to cut emissions. Top Internet companies Microsoft and Google are working to improve their energy efficiency. While such efforts by industry are a start, there needs to be major changes in values and how business is done. The Western lifestyle of over-consumption is inherently unsustainable. Progress on climate change and a whole host of other environmental issues requires cutting frivolous consumption [search] and stressing quality, durability and ecological sustainability for necessary consumption.