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We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our updated Cookie Notice. The past year was a volatile one for our planet.

On the one hand we saw some historic highs in But on the other hand, was the hottest year on ajd and the Arctic warmed much faster than predicted. This has happened in less than a generation.

George Land, Ph.D. ( – ) – World Business Academy

A crash of natural systems is not something any central bank can easily fix. If we continue to produce, consume and power our lives the way we do right now, forests, oceans and weather systems could be overwhelmed and irreversibly damaged. It maintains the ecosystems that society and its various enterprises need to thrive, ensuring access to essential raw materials, commodities and services.

Unsustainable agriculture, fisheries, mining and energy are leading to unprecedented habitat loss and degradation, overexploitation, espalo and climate change. While their impacts are increasingly evident in the natural world, the consequences on people and businesses are real too.


From food and water scarcity to growing evidence of climate-related risks faced by individuals, businesses and countries, the evidence has never been clearer.

A planet being pushed to the edge will eventually turn on us. We are already seeing an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events disrupting lives and livelihoods across the region. Unprecedented droughts in southern Africa have forced companies to shut down production and cities to impose daily blackouts as hydroelectricity supplies fail. Factories in Beijing are repeatedly being ordered to slow down production to mitigate es;aol thick poisonous smog blanketing byeond city.

The equation is a simple one: Protecting the environment alongside economic and social development is critical for our well-being and it also makes business sense. Increasingly companies are expected to address, not to worsen, environmental degradation — it is becoming part of their social licence to operate. For companies the risks and the opportunities are significant.

Our planet is at breaking point. But it’s not too late to save it

Businesses can lead the way with a long-term responsible approach that values natural capital and helps avoid the cost implications of resource scarcity and environmental damage.

A good example would be the palm oil industry. Every year, illegal forest clearing practices cause devastating fires and haze that make headlines around the world and have an impact on forest ecosystems, as well as the lives and welfare of millions across South-East Asia.

Right now the state of the planet is getting worse and the pressures on natural systems are deepening but, for the first time perhaps, we are also seeing an increase in response.


We have undoubtedly begun a great transition towards sustainable living.

Now, we need to focus on the scale and speed of this transition if we are going to decouple economic development from environmental degradation.

The momentum is building and businesses must be at the forefront of change.

Our planet is at breaking point. But it’s not too late to save it | World Economic Forum

Anf than ever the planet needs responsive and responsible leadership with a deep commitment to inclusive development and equitable growth, both nationally and globally.

There is no time to waste.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum. If this is Globalization 4. Richard Baldwin 22 Dec How human rights laws are helping to address economic inequality Chatham House 21 Dec More on the agenda.

Breakpoint and Beyond

Accelerating climate action Our impact. Explore the latest strategic trends, research and analysis. Machine learning and game theory is helping fight elephant poaching Human activity is destroying our wilderness.

This map shows the extent of the crisis Humans are taking over, and we’re putting the world’s ecosystems at breampoint. Environment and Natural Resource Security View all. These are ‘s stats of the year Sean Fleming 21 Dec Abandoned mines could become the farms of the future John McKenna 21 Dec