Cities and Businesses: Unlikely Allies in Advancing Climate Solutions
Usually, we hear about how one isolated sector is responding to climate change, like how higher education institutions are seizing opportunities for hands-on learning, or how the healthcare sector is starting to make the case for climate action. But far less common are stories about how sectors are working together to respond to climate change.
One of the first examples of this may be businesses and cities. As a recent article in The Guardian illustrates, cities and businesses have mutually beneficial interests in responding to and preparing for climate change. If cities are more vulnerable to climate change, companies are less incentivized to do businesss there. On the flipside, cities’ investments in public transit, green space, and other climate solutions can make a city more attractive to businesses and boost economic development. This symbiosis is just one example of how disparate sectors can align their interests in responding to climate change. To learn more about how cross-sector collaboration can be put into practice, check out MomentUs, ecoAmerica’s signature cross-sector climate leadership intiative.
Alison Kemper and Roger Martin, Contributors to The Guardian
There are deep connections between the prosperity of companies, the vitality of cities and the health of our environment.
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