Sustainable development versus unlimited economic growth
In order to curb the effects of an economy exclusively relying on growth, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) was created in 1995. It is a global association of some 200 international companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development.
They try to figure out ways to carry out sustainable development in energy, energy efficiency in buildings, ecosystems, business ethics, forests and water supplies. Among the WBCSD members are famous companies such as General Motors, Coca cola, Sony, and even oil companies such as BP and Shell. Their objectives are eradicating poverty, protectiong natural resources, changing unsustainable production and consumption patterns. They have come together to rethink the roles that business must play over the next few decades to enable society to move toward being sustainable.
The healing of the ozone layer
The ozone layer protects us from dangerous sunrays such as UVAs and UVBs. Scientists rang the alarm bell in 1978 when they realized that there was a widening hole in the ozone layer above the poles, caused by the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in sprays and in refregerating liquids in fridges and freezers. Drastic measures were taken, banning all forms of CFCs. The measures were efficient : in 2003 scientists observed that ozone depletion had stopped growing and was even declining.
In France, a 2006 law compels household appliance manufacturers to recycle old models whenever they sell a new one. A proportional eco-tax is included in the price of the product : its amounts to 10 cents for a mobile phone and to 15 euros for a refrigerator.
Climate change has never been more in focus than it is today. Everyone, from political leaders to business leaders to members of society, recognizes the threat of climate change to societies, economies and our individual well-being. An