President Hamilton, [Andrew Hamilton, President, NYU]
Dean Henry, [Peter Henry, Dean, NYU Stern School of Business]
Professor Whelan, [Ms. Tensie Whelan, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business]
I would like to thank everyone at New York University, and especially the Stern School of Business, for your warm welcome and your role in making today’s gathering possible.
Let me also thank all of you for being here to discuss the crucial challenge of climate change and how we must address it.
I can think of no better audience – this wonderful mix of scholars and scientists, students and activists, investors and entrepreneurs – the people who, together, are making climate action real.
And I can think of no better place to have this conversation than here at NYU and the Stern School, where you are dedicated to cultivating solutions and a new generation of leaders.
This notion of inter-generational responsibility is very much on my mind.
My grandfather was born in 1875. He could not have imagined the world we live in today.
Now I have three grand-daughters of my own – the oldest is eight. I cannot imagine the world they will inhabit decades from now, when they will be my age.
But not knowing is no excuse for not acting to ensure that we do not undermine their future.
I want my grandchildren to inherit a healthy world, free of conflict and suffering — and a healthy planet, rooted in low-carbon sustainable solutions.
That is my wish for everyone, everywhere. To get there, we have our work cut out for us.
Allow me to be blunt. The world is in a mess. Continue reading