Anthony Giddens and Martin Reese have issued an open letter on climate change. They’ve framed it as a business issue:
Above all a renewed impetus to international collaboration is required. The meetings of the UN at Cancun in December at the moment carry little promise of initiating policies on the scale needed. The U.S., China, the EU and other major states such as Brazil and India, with due attention paid to the interests of smaller nations, should work together to try to introduce a greater sense of urgency into the process. Finally, limiting carbon emissions won’t happen solely through regulation and target-setting — innovation, social, economic and technological — will be central. Enlightened business leaders should step up their attempts at to this end. The rewards, after all, are huge. The actions needed to counter this threat — the transition to a lifestyle dependent on clean and efficient energy — will create manifold new economic opportunities.