Opinion: The Need To Set An Environmental Vision​ In Waltham – Patch.com

WALTHAM, MA — The following opinion piece was submitted by Waltham resident Bob Ferrone.
A powerful vision can inspire us to take action, it has the ability to pull in new innovative ideas, people and other resources. It can create the energy to make change happen. It also has the ability to inspire individuals and organizations to commit, to persist and to give their best to achieve the vision. Our forefathers had that ability to envision what the future could be, which made the US what it is today. There have been mistakes along the road to greatness, but it was their ability to set a pathway for future generations to travel creating the great nation we live in.
There are no vaccines to stop Climate Change and over time it will become more deadly than the corona virus.The fingers of Climate Change, like COVID-19, will touch all of us. The Climate Change virus will require us all to develop a more complex vaccine. We can no longer take a bandaid approach. We need a new vision, a systematic approach to fight this invisible cancer. One of the key takeaways from the recent U.N.climate panel is, ” We are running out of time to correct the planet’s future.”
Waltham cannot wait for the fog of political and economic uncertainty on climate change to lift, opting to ride out Waltham’s current and future pressing issues. Our present systems may be causing Waltham to miss crucial opportunities to address future challenges on key issues such as the economy (green industries), the environment, technology, and public health. Stakeholders must act quickly and with purpose.
Powerful economic, demographic and technological forces are shaping a new balance of power. The result is an unsettled landscape—one in which the city government can no longer view opportunities and challenges through a unilateral lens.
Governments, scientists, businesses, states, and cities rate “biodiversity loss” as the second-most-impactful and third most likely risk for the next decade. 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. Biodiversity loss has critical implications for humanity, from the collapse of food and health systems to the disruption of entire supply chains.
Alarmingly, global temperatures are on track to increase by at least 3°C towards the end of the century—twice what climate experts have warned is the limit to avoid the most severe economic, social and environmental consequences. The near term impacts of climate change add up to a planetary emergency that will include loss of life, social and geopolitical tensions, and negative
economic impacts.
For the first time in the history of the Global Risks Perception Survey ( by the World Economic Forum ), environmental concerns dominate the top long-term risks by likelihood among members of the World Economic Forum’s multistakeholder community; three of the top five risks by impact are also environmental. “Failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation” is the number one risk by impact and number two by likelihood over the next 10-20 years,” according to a recent survey, ranking environmental issues as the top risks in both the short and long terms.
There is an old Chinese saying, “May you live in interesting times” —today we are living in some of the most interesting times of civilization. Waltham has had a very innovative ground breaking history. We have some of the most innovative organizations* and minds within our umbrella. The question is how do we bring them together to develop an eco-innovative vision and systematic plan to move forward to create a vision, and a new road to the future where climate change will not be the very real threat to life on earth.
Bob Ferrone
*Thermo Fisher Scientific, Boston Dynamic, Astra Zeneca,
Panera Bread,Too Good To Go, Dassault Systems,
Eversource, Cadmus, Bentley University to name a few
that have developed eco-innovation are in our
community.

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