This is the 3rd installment of a conversation with Tom Eggert that I had in which we focused on the reality of Climate Change and how we need to respond to it with a unified effort as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. We discuss it as a critical equation that must be solved but that requires businesses, and the general public to understand and embrace what's at stake. We also look at the nature of expertise and how the scientific community has in some ways "botched" the presentation of the facts. Part of this is how academia failed to clearly delineate the difference between science that is real and verifiable and that which is really only opinions and not backed with reliable evidence.
Tom has been at the forefront of business and sustainability for the last twenty-five years, both teaching classes in sustainability at the University of Wisconsin and founding and serving as the Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. Tom taught the first classes on campus in sustainability and later was a co-developer of the graduate certificate in Business, Environment and Social Responsibility (BESR) at the WI School of Business. He has written and spoken extensively on the changing role of business in society, corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investing, divestment, and on how the private sector can lead in responding to generational challenges such as climate change. Growing out of his interest in sustainability, Tom founded the non-profit “Wisconsin Microfinance”. Wisconsin Microfinance’s programs provide people living in areas where access to capital is severely limited ACCESS to financial and support services needed to lift their families out of poverty.
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