July 31, 2020 admin

A Letter from VG’s Founder: The Time To Build A Better Future Is Now

The 2020 Net Zero Conference will be hosted virtually on September 15-16, 2020. Learn more and register here.
 
What’s up net zero trailblazers?!
 
What an incredible experience we have in store for y’all this year at the 2020 Net Zero Conference. I hope each of you are well, but I can’t share my thoughts on a net zero future without first acknowledging that there are a lot of people hurting right now. Those who have lost loved ones to racial violence, those who have lost loved ones to the pandemic, those who are unemployed and without enough money coming in, those who are born into a system that is rigged against them…

As we focus on solving the climate crisis, our human family is focused on equality and the Black Lives Matter movement. Equality is a basic human right — to be free from fear, to be safe. To be alive. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi teaches that we all must actively work to build a world that is anti-racist. There is no silent middle ground between racist and anti-racist. Actions are either one or the other. The world depends on your actions to actively speak up when you see inequality and not stay silent, and to actively set policies that ensure systemic racism is stamped out. The time is now, there is no time to wait when people are suffering and dying.
 
The same is true for our planet’s natural environment — our mountains and forests, oceans and rivers, polar ice caps and archipelagos — do not have time for us to wait as we face a rapidly changing climate due to human actions. Humanity has disregarded and disrespected mother nature since the industrial revolution and with every minute we fail to take global action, catastrophic consequences loom closer at hand. Humans have trouble comprehending global impact. Our brains can’t think that big. But thanks to filmmakers like Leonardo DiCaprio, we can get a sense of humanity’s global impact on the planet. Go watch Before the Flood if you haven’t seen it yet. The debate about climate change is history, and now it’s time to focus on actions to solve the crisis we’ve created.
 
We need net zero everything now. We need architects, engineers, and building owners demanding net zero buildings. We need massively accelerated, city-scale decarbonization programs and zero carbon buildings. We need product manufacturers, like those in our Net Zero Conference virtual expo hall, bringing innocation to the market. We need more B Corporations and the accelerated adoption of renewable energy. We need government actors at all levels getting policies in place that ensure rapidly scalable global change. Now.
 
It comes down to individuals — you and me. Coming together to share ideas, and then taking actions in our own lives to build the future we want to live in, and that we want our loved ones to enjoy, for generations to come. A future that incldues true equality with a level playing field for every human. A future that ensures rapidly scalable global change. Now.
 
I hope you show up with open hearts and minds. Ready to change the world. Sometimes inspiring change may require you to raise your voice. Don’t be afraid to shout — if you don’t speak up for radical change, who will? Let’s all build a world where our people and our planet are treated with respect. Let’s all build a net zero future together.
 
Best,
Drew Shula
 
Founder & Principal
Verdical Group
 
Event Chair