Big Businesses Should be Leading the Way for Environmental Change

A wicked problem is that is very difficult and near impossible to solve, these problems are often difficult to recognize and there be many areas to the root of the actual problem. People tackle wicked problems from the use of design. There are multiple ways to tackle climate change, but we have to act quickly and efficiently. Although it looks like we are not going in that direction, not until it’s too late. Part of the question of how to tackle climate change is whether the government or the market should be making regulations, or if either should be making regulations at all. I believe both should be stepping in to prevent climate change. The government is supposed to be in service of the people. But it seems that the government is in service of the market on taxpayers’ money. I say this because big corporations and businesses have been paying politicians, and in return, corporations can get away with doing pretty much anything at the expense of our environment. Instead, our government should be putting pressure on the market to stop polluting our environment by passing legislation. Government action is not easy to do, especially when conservatives do not like it when the government gets involved. Even some conservatives don’t think climate change is something to worry about, despite what the majority of scientists say.

This doesn’t mean that some companies aren’t playing a part in slowing down the process of climate change. The United Nations created the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is supposed to end poverty, end inequality, as well as tackle climate change. Brands that have not caught onto this act might not survive in fifty years. 

Patagonia is one of the few companies leading the way for climate change. Their clothing is made out of organic cloth, mixed with recycled fibers such as polyester, wool, and nylon. Patagonia gives 1% of its sales to the restoration and preservation of the natural environment. It is considered a certified “B Corporation”. Meaning theyre required by law to consider the decisions theyre making and the impact they will cause on their customers, workers, and suppliers. As well as the community and the environment.

I have zero interest in one day creating a business that is doing more harm than good in the world. Of course, I will make small changes in my personal life, like using less term products such as ziplock bags. But I would love to create a business that donates a percentage of its profits for the betterment of the planet.

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