Stewart Chisholm Transcript


Program Director, Centre for Green Cities.

I think understanding the complex role between the environment and the economy from a global perspective is especially critical. Because, as we know resources are limited, and just looking at the old ways of doing business, and relying 100% on fossil fuels while our competitors might be looking at more sustainable energy sources is not economically viable or competitive. If we don’t think of how we conduct our businesses, and how we conduct our work without a more sustainable perspective, others are going to get ahead of us. I think already, if we look from the Canadian perspective, that what is happening in Europe for example, we have a lot of catching up to do.

And again, this isn’t only doing it so much for the sake of the environment, but for the ‘Green Economy’ which has been shown as the area with the highest potential growth in the next little while.

Companies that have not aligned themselves with this Green Economy, again not just only for environmental reasons, but from a profitability perspective, are going to find themselves behind their competitors.

Again this goes for any type of field or discipline we are talking about. For example all fields depend on energy at some level, and we all know just what is happening to the price of oil. We all know how simple events, such as a snowstorm at Heathrow airport can effect global trade. Minor interventions from Nature can grind our systems to a halt.

I say that because from the terms of Technology, that sometimes we lose our connection to the natural world, and just how much Nature really calls the shots.

So the more we can design our systems, whether it’s how we are producing our products, whether it’s travel or how our goods get to us, or how we move around.

The more we can think about Nature and look to Nature for guidance, and build systems that are resilient that can anticipate changes that might happen, the more competitive that those Industries are going to be.