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Who should lead global climate action for the next 100 years?

𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐥 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: 𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐠𝐥𝐨𝐛𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭 100 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬?

Choices were:

> Spiritual leaders/philosophers

> Farmers/nature professionals

> Artists/dreamers

> Engineers & scientists once again

(See the poll below – https://lnkd.in/gwedhNUM )

𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐬…

We got about 40 votes in all.

Almost none (except one!) went for Artists & dreamers – that sounds sane enough & safe too.

About 15% went for spiritual leaders/philosophers – there is something more in them spiritual people & phillies than what ye crowd think, I tell ya

A bit more than 30% went for Farmers / nature professionals (I was one among them)

𝐀 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 50% 𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 “𝐖𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬 & 𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐀𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧”

𝐇𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐨. 𝐖𝐨𝐰. 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐰.

In spite of the fact that they are indirectly (though unintentionally) responsible for the environmental mess we find ourselves in, many folks – at least in my LinkedIn network – 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.

If I had a second vote (after farmers/nature professionals), I would have gone for engineers too – though a bit grudgingly.


Artists and dreamers can fire imagination but cannot lead big stuff.

Spiritual leaders & philosophers can provide powerful perspectives, but they talk way too much, and too much of the time – we need people of action.

I’m rather skeptical of the other alternative leader segments, and they read as follows:

𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 – A very powerful segment, but it is very difficult, if not impossible, for this segment to really think beyond money. I have been interacting with too many of them, for too long a time, and I have no misconceptions about this group. Bright folks. Aggressive. But serious lack of holistic perspectives. No go.

𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐬 – if money is the anchor for investors, business is the anchor for corporate leaders. However well intentioned they are as individuals (and many of them indeed have great intentions), and whatever they say in public, business and shareholders (most of whom care nothing for the environment) come first for them. Bold chaps. Big thinkers, think biggers. But still, No Go.

𝐄𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 – 𝘜𝘮𝘮…𝘩𝘮𝘮𝘮…𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭…𝘪𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴…𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵…it’s difficult for this segment to arrive at a firm conclusion and action plan on most things…not the folks who can lead aggressive movements.

𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 – not them, not them, for god’s sake!

See my LinkedIn post on this topic

About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.


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