We Mustn’t Overlook the Details in Climate Change
by AshleyMarie on November 20, 2015 - 11:15pm
This article speaks to the wicked problem of climate change and the primary role of the private sector as expressed through public and corporate views. The article examined the results of two studies that conclude that businesses should be playing a more significant role in climate change action after the upcoming COP21 climate change summit in Paris. Commenters expressed the high significance for the role of business in climate change however most did not believe that the recognition of climate change as a global feat to be binding. Even less were confident that the governments ability to reach the target of Another study given to business leaders from the UN Global Compact participating companies showed that half of the responders held the belief that climate change will expand opportunities within the company. Slightly less than half believed that this was already in action. That majority of the participants also expressed that the private sector is not doing enough to address climate change and almost all believe it is of a primary concern and very little believed we are on track.
A key element the article failed to address is the true effect of internal value conflict between these companies, which may compromise this role they are suggested to take on. The responses from the surveys that were listed in the article were very narrowly focused and did not give room for justification, thus this poses validity questions to the article itself. The underlying aspects to climate changed were not challenged in the slightest, only an agreement or disagreement was required. Thus, this article dealt with uncertainty of the big picture of climate change but completely ignored the details. Without any details being able to be expressed in the participants responses, the surveys demonstrated high and unjustified confidence on the effects, constraints and opportunities for climate change yet this ultimately fails to challenge the uncertainty factor.
Not only does the article fail to challenge underlying details, it also failed to challenge the underlying consequences of variable opinions. Particularity when regarding climate change, as it is an issue with such uncertainty in its concrete grounding, effects and even in some opinions its existence, the differing conflicts between actors do matter. As there is very little/no grounding evidence that we are able to firmly attest to climate change, cognitive conflict can easily arise with differing data or analysis. In this, the strategies for these surveyed businesses may take on much different forms to address much different and possibly even conflicting issues. Differing values will also lead to different management as different goals may be established. The surveys examined how there is not a complete consensus on any issue, management goals will already differ in just that regard. Finally and potentially most significantly for this analysis, behavioral conflict and relationships between businesses pose a huge deficit. If we are assigning numerical values to the percent for and against climate change action, there lacks the necessary details to fill in why or why not and thus vast assumptions are made, possibly to the detriment of action.
Thus the question becomes how to impose global cooperative views on climate change. We will see what happens for these ideas in the upcoming Paris summit and if the details are in fact further challenged.
Jessica Lyons Hardcastle "Who Are the Climate Change Corporate Leaders", November 12, 2015. Environmental Leader. URL: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2015/11/12/who-are-the-climate-change...