Read the full post at ClimateBiz.
As world leaders convene in Copenhagen this month to address a global response to climate change, much is at stake for our collective future. In addition to setting a framework — however constrained — for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, global leaders have the opportunity to put us on a path toward greater economic, environmental and social prosperity by sending the right signal to national and local policy makers, business leaders, innovators and investors.
It’s not a moment too soon.
Communities around the globe are caught in spiraling disinvestment, bypassed by smart growth policies, cleantech startups and the growing consciousness of what constitutes a healthy community. These localities face the worst of two worlds: disproportionately suffering environmental ills while missing out on the economic renewal that comes from clean, green policy decisions.
What we need now are policies that drive change on a global level and set a course for wealth creation and quality-of-life improvement through technological and environmental innovation in every community, rich and poor.