Climate change “biggest global problem since WWII”: PwC chairman

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Adélie penguins soar atop a slab of melting ice on a rocky shore at Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay in eastern Antarctica.

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Climate change is the most pressing challenge humanity has faced since World War II and will require an equal level of individual mobilization and collective cooperation.

“We need 8 billion people to make this a personal cause. The world has probably never seen such a challenge since World War II, ”Robert Moritz, president of PricewaterhouseCoopers, told Climate Week NYC on Monday.

“And the reality is we have to organize the whole world,” Moritz said.

“Let me summarize for everyone: we are late,” he said.

“The reality is, when you look at the numbers, when you look at university studies, at least our research would say that we don’t need to double the effort, we need to triple the effort, we really have to. make changes to decarbonize the world we are in right now, ”Moritz said.

This would require collaboration and collaboration among industries, sectors, stakeholders and leaders.

“How do you put all the pieces of the puzzle together and start connecting them, region by region, section by section, country by country, to achieve this? Moritz said.

“Everyone’s individual effort is big, but it’s in the silo and it’s small compared to full decarbonization,” Moritz said.

Coordination will be important.

Moritz said the effort of financial institutions is an important element. “Bring together the multinational banks, bring together government organizations to make it really happen, bring the business community together to bring it together. … The sooner we put these pieces of the puzzle together we can pull… the better off we are.

Moritz is optimistic that at least the effort is moving forward.

“In my opinion, the good news is that by looking at businesses, government officials and NGOs and similar conversations around the world, we are making progress,” Moritz said. “You start to see these pieces come together. “

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