By Lee Barken, IT practice leader at Haskell & White, LLP
It’s a balmy 67 degrees in San Diego and I’m back home at my local coffee shop, sipping Chai Tea Latte. A short 24 hours ago, I was in the snow and bitter cold of Copenhagen, Denmark, attending the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP15) climate summit.
For two brief weeks, people from around the world had been gathered to discuss how carbon emissions are affecting our environment. Despite a failure to sign a major agreement, the victory of the conference has been its ability to focus world attention on climate change issues. COP-15 has captured the public’s interest, raised awareness and energized ordinary citizens into action.
Acknowledging the gravity of climate change is a difficult task to consider as I sip a tasty beverage in the comfort of my shorts and t-shirt. Perhaps the single largest challenge for reducing carbon emissions is to convey a sense of urgency to those who are the least affected. Has our own comfortable condition lulled us into a sense of complacency?Click to continue reading »