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VIDEO: The Week in Sustainability – October 17–21, 2022

October 23, 2022
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Climate meets national security & Bill Gates on the state of energy

This week

Why is The White House National Security Strategy anchored in climate change and resource independence?

The White House recently released its National Security Strategy, which presents innovation as a defense strategy, anchored on the premise that climate change is no longer just a threat, but equally an opportunity to invest, adapt, and out-compete. If that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s generally how the sustainability community characterizes the current status of ESG—an evolution from risk to opportunity capture.

In this week’s episode of The Week in Sustainability, we talk about the areas where climate and national security overlap, namely energy security and climate change-amplified conflicts.

Bill Gates’ annual address on the state of energy transition

In his annual memo, perhaps Bill Gates’ biggest takeaway: If we’re going to meet global emissions reduction targets, we must deploy technologies quickly. And to reach net-zero, we must replace every coal-fired plant (2,412) with clean energy. But new plants are still being built.

Growing popularity of nature and biodiversity in corporate sustainability goals

Summarized nicely in this GreenBiz column by Joel Makower, some experts liken the nature-based movement to how net-zero has taken off but is just a few years behind.

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The takeaway

• Why is The White House National Security Strategy anchored in climate change and resource independence?

• Bill Gates' annual address on the state of energy transition

• Growing popularity of nature and biodiversity in corporate sustainability goals