We are told, variously, that what we do in the next ten years will decide the fate of the human race on the planet for the next 10,000 years; that it is already too late, and the change in the climate is already determined; or that the rise in temperature will make human life untenable on parts of the globe within the coming century.
So, what should we do about it? What New Year Resolutions should we all make to take care this does not happen?
It is the question we are asking, at this turn of the year, of Green Angel Syndicate. We founded the syndicate in 2013 to support businesses that need angel investment, and are innovating in technologies or processes that are of benefit to the Green Economy. We went further than that, we specified that we favour businesses that are dealing with issues of resource and resource use – water, food, energy especially – as these seem to us to be the most urgent and pressing problems facing the world today. We believe that solving the resource use problems will help considerably to solve the Climate Change challenge.
Now, this New Year of 2019, Green Angel Syndicate is challenging itself to go further. If it is to make investments in activities that will change the way we use resources, what activities are the most important priorities? If we want to make a difference to the world we inhabit, what are the activities that can make the greatest and most meaningful difference? Our challenge is to identify these themes and topics.
We will be deciding the answer to this question within the coming week. If this is critical to our future, then it is critical that we are rigorous with our answers. The money required to make a difference is limited. Let it be used wisely.
As I write, I do not know what the answers will be when 20 of us gather to discuss them next week. But I do know that answers will be made and acted on. We would be more than interested to hear your views, if you would care to tell us, whether you are a member or not. What do you think the topics are that need to be prioritised? The more diverse the answers, the better for our knowledge.
And I know something else as well. New Year Resolutions are important if we are to make a difference. But the best resolution you can make will be to act collectively. The long-held mantra for individual action is much less important than collective action. We can achieve more together than we ever will acting alone. So let this be YOUR New Year Resolution. Join Green Angel Syndicate and put your shoulder to the wheel in the company of others. And help make the world of the people YOU care about a safer and happier place in the long term.