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Louder and Prouder

Kevin Moss | January 15, 2015

Late last year I attended COP20 in Lima for BT and had the opportunity to represent GeSI on a UNFCCC Momentum for Change panel on ICT Climate Solutions. I shared the stage with two of the most prominent global voices in the climate change space; Former US Vice President Al Gore and Laurence Tubiana, Special Representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. Both are great supporters of the role of ICT in the urgent race to find solutions to climate change.

You can see a brief description of the panel here and watch the full proceedings here.

Despite the enthusiasm on this particular panel, overall I felt our sector was underrepresented in Lima in the discussions of potential solutions. Especially for a sector that has such a key role to play. There is an appetite for more input from us. Some business voices take a short term, self-interested view, speaking against ambitious action on climate change. My experience from hearing first hand from the environment ministers of many countries, is that most nation states want to take a more ambitious approach to action on climate. They are looking for the voices of more progressive businesses to be heard to help them achieve this. Our sector is one that can play that role.

And ICT has the capacity to inspire and transform. Carbon capture and storage is all well and good, but it is not going to inspire younger (or older !) generations. A sharing economy, autonomous vehicles, livable cities and other equally transformational solutions will inspire people. And they are all enabled by ICT. We have the enabler for cross-sector, transformational solutions that will be the catalysts for inspirational behaviour change and new ways of living. My take out from Lima it is that we need to be ever more purposeful in our direction, and louder and prouder about the role we can play in a sustainable future.

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