Tempted to skip this article because you’re not interested in climate change?
If so, you’re joining a large club. But as a business continuity planner, you could potentially be accused of gross neglect.
So we’re providing you with a decision tree – at the end of this article – so you can decide if the issue is something you need to consider more seriously.
Large organisations are becoming pro-active . If you’re not, your organisation could be left behind. All of the following, for example, have appointed Directors of or Heads of Climate Change:
- Price Waterhouse Coopers
- Marks & Spencer
- UK Health Protection Agency
- Minnesota Department of Health
- US National Grid
- Confederation of British Industry
- Norton Rose
- UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- World Bank Group
- The organisation’s understanding of the potential impact
- The appetite to deal with very long term risk
- The expected tenure of the current management
- The industry in which the organisation operates
- The demand of the organisation’s customers
Those who want to find out more may find the following an easy introduction:
- The Guardian’s Ultimate Climate Change FAQ
- Foreign Affairs article: What to do about Climate Change
- New Scientist article: Climate Change: What we do – and don’t – know
So… what should we, as business continuity planners, DO?
ContinuityInBusiness.com author Charley Newnham was asked this question while studying for a MSc degree in Resilience at Cranfield University. Her highly graded answer included this decision tree for those suffering just such a dilemma, and she’s allowed us reproduce it here (click to see and download a full-size PDF version).
So… what are you doing about climate change? Is it your job? Do you ‘not believe’ in climate change? Is it not a continuity issue? Feel free to voice your opinion and start a debate below!
p.s. Readers in the UK may also find a segment of a recent BBC Countryfile programme on the subject interesting: please not this link will break when the programme is removed from the BBC i-player service.
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