Environmental sustainability and the role of business leaders on the stewardship of the planet, has taken a new, more powerful and tangible meaning this year. We are extremely vulnerable, and a global pandemic helped us realize how closely related are our internal processes with our external environment.
In this article from the World Economic Forum, writer Samantha Sault, and Editor Gayle Markovitz, put things in perspective. “With COVID-19 infections and deaths continuing to rise and the entire world feeling the economic impact of the pandemic, getting the coronavirus under control is an immediate priority.
But recovery goes beyond plans to vaccinate the world and return economic systems to “normal.” A sustainable recovery requires a “new normal” of environmental stewardship and addressing climate change – which Bill Gates predicts could bring greater health and economic crises than COVID-19.”
-”To address the health and economic crises, we must also address climate change”
But working to save the planet now will also address the immediate health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The immediate post crisis period offers a small window to build back better by not wasting the $10 trillion that governments around the world are investing to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote World Economic Forum Founder and Chairman Klaus Schwab and Monthly Barometer Co-Founder Thierry Malleret last year.
“One way to invest smartly is to embed climate and environmental resilience into stimulus packages and recovery programmes,” they said.
A recent World Economic Forum report found that a nature-positive economy could deliver $10.1 trillion of annual business opportunities and 395 million jobs by 2030.
The Davos Agenda is mobilizing global leaders to work together virtually to discuss the next steps. An entire week of global programming is dedicated to helping leaders choose innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery over the next year – with Day 3 (27 January) focused on enhancing stewardship of our global commons.
Believe it or not, according to an EPA study, e-waste only represents 2-5% of the waste in our landfills, but 70% of the toxic waste comes from that small portion. On top of that, it is estimated that 80% of all the e-waste produced is ending up in landfills and in the ocean.
Creating good stewards of the earth is a key mission for us at eSmart Recycling, one that we are proud to carry every time someone recycles their electronics with us. If you want to learn more about our full chain of custody and environmental footprints, vitir us at www.esmartrecycling.com
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- Gayle Markovitz
- Editor, World Economic Forum
- Samantha Sault
- Writer, Washington DC and Geneva