The days and weeks following the conclusion of the COP21 climate talks in Paris were filled with information about the implications of the historic agreement among nearly 195 nations to set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With an unprecedented unanimity, nations of the world set out on the path to a low-carbon economy.
“Set out” are the operative words. As Winston Churchill made clear in April 1942 upon victory in the battle of El Alamein – a first after years of defeat and setback – “this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning“. Those words ring true today – the real work of Paris is just beginning.
In 1942, the essential next steps were not military but economic. Applying the innovative and productive power of the US economy was the key to providing the means of victory then. The innovation and productive capability of today’s much larger global economy is the key to the transition to a low-carbon future now.
Sustainable investors are already leaders in this transition and were active participants in Paris. BASIC, the Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium, is pleased to bring two of those leaders to share that experiences and their perspective on what the investment and business communities can and must do to build on the tremendous momentum generated in Paris.
Sue Reid, Vice President of Climate & Energy Programs at Ceres and Geeta Aiyer, Founder and President of Boston Common Asset Management will join us on Wednesday, January 20th at 5:30 pm for BASIC’s January event “The Road Does Not End with Paris: A Review of COP 21 and Where We Go Next“.
The event is hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Association at their headquarters at 24 Farnsworth Street in Boston, just across the Fort Point Channel from Boston’s Financial District.
Please register on Eventbrite to attend on January 20th. There is no cost.