The Non-profit Sector Needs To Do To Fossil Fuels What It Did To Tobacco and Alcohol

On November 30th, politicians from around the world will meet in Paris to decide on the actions needed to combat climate change.

More than 190 countries will be represented at the conference with a legally binding climate treaty being the desired end goal.

The United Nations 21st Conference of Parties, or COP21 as it has come to be known, is not only the most important event of this year, but it is perhaps the most important event of this generation.

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A Blueprint For Failure

I don’t know the first thing about architecture, but for some reason, somebody has entrusted me to design a building. It is going to be a house. You are closely following what I do, maybe because you want to see me fail miserably, or maybe because you are just intrigued. I draw up the plans, and they look fine to me, so building commences. Halfway through building though, mistakes become obvious.

The house is half built, a lot of money has been invested and it is looking pretty bad. The basic structure, the very foundations of the house, are not great. They will manage, the house could exist, but it won’t be a dream location. This building will certainly not be the perfect home that everyone was hoping for.

Unsurprisingly, I am sacked. The shoddy, half-built house is unfinished and they turn to you for help. It is now your job to complete the building. Time is running out and there is not enough money to scrap the whole thing and start again, you will just have to make the best of a bad situation. Whatever legacy I have left, it is now down to you to try and salvage the project.

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