“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”, Barack Obama addressing the United Nations Climate Change Summit in 2014.
With over 97 percent of climate scientists agreeing that climate-warming trends over the past century “are extremely likely due to human activities”, the discussion has shifted away from the question whether climate change is real to the question what we can do about it.
The historic breakthrough 2015 Paris Agreement saw 195 countries rally around the goal of preventing what scientists regard as dangerous and irreversible levels of climate change - judged to be reached at around +2 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial times and expected to be reached as soon as 2050.
The reality is also that in the modern capitalist world-economy, most of the brightest talent is drawn to high-earning jobs, not addressing the biggest challenge of our world. At the same time, modern and talented employees explicitly are looking for purpose when finding a job - wanting to make sure their efforts are making a positive impact on the world.
This is where nlmtd makes a real impact: attracting the best talent and matching it to projects in sustainability, allowing talent to make that impact through their work, and allowing organisations to attract top-talent to progress their sustainability agenda.
One example of nlmtd’s work in sustainability is at Buurkracht, where a mixed team of nlmtd and Buurkracht employees has developed new product propositions for Buurkracht; a grassroots sustainability organisation that focuses on energy conservation by encouraging and facilitating neighbourhood initiatives to reduce energy consumption and that is part of Enpuls and Enexis Group, one of the Netherlands' biggest electricity network operators.
This is one of the ways nlmtd contributes to sustainability impact.