Sustainability, climate and environment

Humans are nature too

Future of  Mother Earth

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2021 is crystal clear. We can no longer wait for the fog of uncertainties to dissipate. For important issues such as nature and habitat, biodiversity and our ecosystems, we need to find new and vital solutions. Fast and purposeful. And this in a world where social turmoil and economic uncertainty only seem to increase. But it is always in the midst of chaos that the best opportunities for real progress lie.

True entrepreneurs see this and start transforming to sustainable business. Leaders see it too and start leading from the intention and focus more on impact then on success. And together they create not followers, but new leaders. Who also think, act and live according the principle that Doing Good leads to Doing Well and inspire others to do the same.

Pressure on planet and ecosystems
Climate change hits harder than expected. The last five years have been warmer than ever. Natural disasters are becoming more intense, the damage ever greater. Extreme weather is occurring almost everywhere in the world. Climate scientists predict a global temperature increase of at least 3 degrees. With major consequences for our prosperity and well-being.

Seven ecological problems dominate the top ten in the Global Risk Report 2021 . Failing policies to curb climate change rank first. Biodiversity loss ranks second, with critical implications for humanity and one food and health systems.

What can we do about it, in our organizations and work and at home at the breakfast table?

Ten to twelve
There is still time to address ecological risks and challenges, but the window for effective action is closing. Coordinated action is needed quickly to build resilience among businesses and communities.

Below is a selection of fascinating inspirations about the future of our environment and how we can work and live within the limits of our planet. Each of them a unique experience about consciousness, desire, connecting and manifesting.

See also my inspirations about  ‘Sustainable Entrepreneurship’ en ‘Inspirational Leadership.’ Or my collection keynotes about ‘The Vital Solution for tomorrow’s world’ and the  ‘Future of sectors and markets.’

Ten biggest problems caused by people

1. GLOBAL RISKS 2021 – and yes, we are still in time….
The 16th edition of the Global Risks Report (2021) is crystal clear on the disruptive implications of our major risks, including the COVID-19 pandemic, which could reshape our world in the near future and the next decades to come. The pandemic has exacerbated current geopolitical, social, and environmental challenges, and the existential crisis of climate change looms ever more clearly. More than ever, innovative and collaborative actions of resilience are needed.
Among the most likely risks of the next decade are extreme weather, failure of climate action, and man-made environmental damage, as well as digital power concentration, digital inequality, and cyber security failures. Among the risks with the greatest impact in the next decade, infectious diseases rank first, followed by the failure of climate measures and other environmental risks, as well as weapons of mass destruction, livelihood crises, debt crises and IT infrastructure failures.

In terms of the time horizon within which these risks will become a critical threat to our way of life, the most imminent threats – most likely to occur in the next two years – include employment and livelihood crises, widespread disenchantment among young people, digital inequality, economic stagnation, man-made environmental damage, erosion of social cohesion and terrorist attacks.

Economic risks play an important role in the 3-5 year period, including asset price bubbles, price instability, commodity price shocks, and debt crises; followed by geopolitical risks, including interstate relations and conflicts, and resource geopolitization. For the 5-10 year period, environmental risks, such as biodiversity loss, natural resource crises, and climate action failures, dominate alongside weapons of mass destruction, negative impacts of technology, and the collapse of states or multilateral institutions.

This confrontational but also highly energetic inspirement is an expedition to the vital solutions of tomorrow’s world. How do we resolve economic fragility and social divisions? How do we solve the growing digital divide and lack of technological adoption? How can we help a doubly dislocated generation of young people in an era of missed opportunities? And above all, how can we confront climate change as the greatest threat as global cooperation continues to weaken? What are the best ways to manage our greatest risks and increase the resilience of our society and society?

Effective climate solutions by sector

2. Climate change and the MEXIT

Save the Axolotl

3. Biodiversity & vital ecosystems
Climate change is hitting us harder than expected. This has serious economic and social consequences for our environment, prosperity and also our well-being. How can we reverse climate change? An overview of vital ideas and practical solutions by sector and for the breakfast table at home.

This inspiriment shows how fast the climate is changing and describes the consequences of warming from 1°C to 6°C. From hurricanes to dying coral reefs and from drying Amazon forest to famine. An overview of scientific articles that are poignant for every organization and human being.

Above all, this unique experience offers climate solutions by sector and within each of these sectors are vital solutions to climate change with actions that can be taken today.

The inspiriment can be customized for us at home at the breakfast table or to several sectors, like: Energy, Food and Agriculture, Industry, Transportation, Buildings, Health and Education and Sinks.

This unique experience will help to stop climbing the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change, as quickly, safely and equitably as possible.

Human-driven nature and biodiversity loss is threatening life on our planet. And which destabilizing tipping points in nature could exacerbate the social and economic consequences of climate risk with huge impact on our lives and the way we live and do business? By understanding nature’s benefits and biomimicry we can help societies leverage opportunities to stem the planetary emergency.

All species, including humans, depend for their survival on the delicate balance of life in nature. Yet biodiversity—the diversity within species, between species, and within ecosystems—is declining faster than it has at any other time in human history. The current rate of extinction is tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10 million years—and it is accelerating. Although the world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living creatures, humanity has already caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants.

The dramatic loss of biodiversity brings serious risks for societies, economies and the health of the planet. Biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people sound, to many people, academic and far removed from our daily lives … Nothing could be further from the truth—they are the bedrock of our food, clean water and energy. Humans rely on biodiversity in fundamental ways, from pollinating crops to curing diseases. Biodiversity loss has also come to threaten the foundations of our economy.

The rapid degradation of our life support system means that solid measurements and actions are needed. As we find ourselves at the doorstep of the “sixth mass extinction”, both businesses and regulators have a huge role to play in shifting paradigms about who pays for the externalities created by business-as-usual.

What are the outlines for a New Nature Economy and what are the eminent risks, key transformation pathways and financing models for a nature-positive economy. How can regulators, business and society pivot in this direction and how can you be come a game changer and champions who shift systems and prioritize vital actions for safeguarding nature and thus the survival of us as a species.

the honest and full story

Once Upon A Future
A unique experience and exciting expedition into the imminent future. The comprehensive and honest story of a world in transformation to the next phase of our civilization. Sometimes confrontational, always crystal clear and based on facts and real trends and expectations. This fascinating inspirement creates clarity about our future and offers concrete hope for a more sustainable world and fair, inclusive economy and society.

Based on my best seller ‘Once Upon A Future’, former no.1 at Managementboek.nl and nominated Management Book of the Year 2021!

Be sure to ask about the unique combination possibilities of keynote, master lecture, workshop(s) and the book as inspiring present for the attendees.

Nature’s Future, Our Future

4. Transition and future of our living environment

Compass for real progress

5. SDG’s – 17 goals for one purpose
As the result of a global pandemic, we are witnessing an unprecedented call to transform human society and economies and thus reset the relationship between people and nature. This inspiriment captures the future of our living environment at a critical moment, as we work together to build the momentum for transformative action to address the major crises of our planet by maintaining nature and ecosystems.

Urban plans balance climate change solutions and the well-being of residents. Environmental, social, and economic change is increasingly centered at the city level. Cars no longer drive urban planning, it’s people and nature first. How do we flip the script and why is it more difficult in low-income neighborhoods? Inclusivity and innovation define renewal efforts.

Green buildings with enhanced ventilation and optimal thermal conditions support higher on cognitive function test and lead to fewer symptoms of sick building syndrome. Exposure to daylight and brighter, blue-enriched lighting, which best mimics natural light, leads also to better sleep quality.

Urban planners continually find more creative ways to weave nature into the city, particularly with space at a premium. It doesn’t necessarily have to take the form of sprawling parks.

Coping with climate change means preparing for intense rainfall and storm surge, and highlights neighborhoods at risk. How can we increase green roofs, collecting stormwater, creating micro-grids for energy and water, incorporating resilience in building and zoning codes, and identifying “cooling centers” where those who may not have access to air conditioning could retreat during scorching summer heat? The plan also calls for “a communications exercise,” a strategy for reaching different segments of the city. That includes outreach to lower income and less mobile populations, who are often in the most vulnerable parts of the city, by enlisting existing channels, such as churches and other community groups, and messaging for tourists too.

Net-zero waste, water, and energy are the sustainable trifecta, creating “living buildings, like rooftop rainwater harvesting system and composting toilets and taps solar energy for its needs.

What are the vital solutions for our living environment in tomorrow’s world?

The 17 SDGs are the compass of humanity and starting point of every organization in the 21st century. Together they form the intent based on concrete targets and clear indicators. How do you implement the SDGs in your organization, work and life?

This unique inspiriment can be customized for specific events and target groups. Below some examples of customized sessions:

1. SDG Essentials for Business provides the participants wit a concise yet comprehensive overview of what the SDG’s are why they are so important. Also the role that businesses, governments and society has to play in realizing the seventeen goals are discussed. The opportunities that the SGS’s represent for business is not only eye-opening but also very inspiring, also because outlines and actions are suggested how individuals and the companies they work for can get more involved. Successful employee engagement and empowerment around the SDGs will be essential if we are to successfully scale up our efforts during the critical decade ahead.

2. The SDG’s for Conscious Leaders set out a framework for 17 Goals and targets to tackle the world’s most pressing social, economic, and enviromental challenges in the lead-up to 2030. While ultimately it is governments who are being asked to deliver the SDGs, the simple fact is that this critical agenda cannot be realized without effective engagement by the private sector. Business has a critical role to play as a source of finance, a driver of innovation and technology and an engine of economic growth and employment. As much as the SDGs need business, long-term business success also hinges on the realization of the SDG’s. During this customized inspiriment the executives will understand the implications of the SDG’s across four key pillars:

  • Risk of Inaction, doing nothing is a very costly option
  • Capturing Opportunities, the prize of aligning business strategies with the SDG’s
  • Governance & Transparency, meaning better information leads to better decisions
  • The Need for Collaboration, realizing the SDG’s is beyond the reach of one company.

3. SDG Sector Roadmaps are a set of guidelines which provide a structured approach that companies can follow as they embark upon SDG road-mapping for their sector. This framework leads companies through a process of establishing their sector’s current level of interaction with the SDGs throughout the value chain; identifying the sector’s most significant opportunities for impact; and establishing key action items and monitoring systems in order to chart a course towards the sector’s 2030 vision.

4. SDG  Stakeholders Engagement is developed to help organizations understanding how to use de SDG’s and Good Life Goals and make them relevant to their employees, customers and operations. Along with inspirational examples, this tailored session provides guidance to companies on how to engage effectively with people (both employees and customers) around the sustainable behaviors that are connected to their products, services and corporate culture. It also outlines meaningful and tangible actions companies can implement in support of the SDGs through 17 concrete business examples showing how the Good Life Goals can be leveraged and innovative actions to drive positive impact.

5. SDG’s Life Goals. The inspiriment can also focus on our lives and what we can do in realizing them as an individual, family, group of committed people, school class or any other part of society. Improve yourself and start with the world. You don’t have to become the best of the world if you do the best for the world.

Vital and sustainable solutions for tomorrow’s world

6. Futurama 2100 – back to the Commons
Futurama 2100 is the perfect compilation of the inspirations outlined above. It is a riveting expedition through the 21st century and the path to utopia for realists: the Commons. How do we gear up the major transitions and actions on climate, biodiversity, habitat, food and land use and circular value chains. What are the vital and sustainable solution for the world of tomorrow.

This inspiration will be totally customized for each target group and will seamlessly connect to the objectives of the event, the rest of the program and the background of the participants.

Starting points for my work

Six principles for my inspiriments

Six principles are central to my work and they articulate what I stand for and what I strive for. You’ll find them in all my keynotes, master classes, workshops, lectures, books and other publications

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