In our daily lives, we consciously or unconsciously select the windows we want to open, and in doing so, we ignore or choose to hide certain aspects that also have their own behaviors and consequences.
Our choices, including decisions not to act, are influenced by our relationship to the circumstances around us and what we choose to see. However, the consequences of our actions cannot be avoided.
The scientific community has provided ample evidence that eloquently shows the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as the imbalances that unevenly affect different communities. Despite this abundant information, both in the public and private spheres, there is an alarming blindness to this reality and a reluctance to recognize the magnitude and urgency of the environmental care needed.
This denial, motivated by interests and lack of knowledge or misinformation, leads us to postpone the changes necessary to achieve a transition that effectively addresses the problem of climate change.
It is essential that we reevaluate the boundaries between public and private, allowing for closer interaction and consensus-building in the use of resources. We must also commit to inclusive solutions that consider a broad perception and listening to all voices. This is the only way to unlock policy formulation and open the way to concrete actions.
Shifting the responsibility for solving these problems to future generations means refusing to acknowledge that we are part of the problem. We must take responsibility and stop blaming others.
Climate change represents an unprecedented threat, but it also provides opportunities to drive innovation and long-term sustainable growth.
In this sense, there is a private sector that has understood the urgent need for change and is developing business models and partnerships that seek a triple impact (social, economic and environmental), adapting creatively to this new paradigm. We are all part of a natural system that we must protect, and none of this is alien to us.
There are concrete factors that are driving these initiatives, such as increased awareness of social and environmental issues, changes in consumer habits, investor demand, government regulations and social pressure.
The conditions are in place to build narratives that involve multiple stakeholders and generate quality conversations in leadership and governance at all levels. Successful experiences in this direction already exist, and only through the co-creation of meaning and purpose will we be able to reach solid institutional agreements, implement sustainable actions and channel resources to improve key areas such as social mobility, employment, education and health.
Climate change is a reality that requires decisive action and committed leadership. Climate blindness in public and private governance is an obstacle we must overcome to successfully address this crisis.
It is time to open our eyes, broaden our gaze and follow the path of transformational leadership to embrace climate urgency and protect the home we share: our planet.
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