Humanity is cooking itself, and adding more heat to the pot

Earth Day, on Friday April 22, calls attention to the urgent need for the world to “wean itself off fossil fuels” says Stellenbosch Business School senior lecturer in strategy and sustainability Dr Jako Volschenk.

The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that even if global warming driven by greenhouse gas emissions from human activity is limited to 1.5°C-2°C, food production and economic growth will be reduced, while inequality and poverty increase, environmental diversity declines and, ultimately, human disease and death rates rise.

“As humanity, we are gradually cooking ourselves, and yet we continue to add more heat.