03 Jul '12, 11am

We can’t solve our environmental problems without business

We can’t solve our environmental problems without business

We can’t solve our environmental problems without business By Leslie Chang Andy Hoffman. “If business isn’t developing solutions to our sustainability issues, they won’t be developed,” says Andy Hoffman . “If business is not part of the solution, there will be no solution.” Hoffman is director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. “The reality is that the most powerful institution in the world is business,” he says — and he’s optimistic that business has the capability to make a huge difference in helping to solve pressing environmental problems. Hoffman is also interested in how culture and social institutions affect our views on environmental issues. In the U.S., he says, we’ve reached a scientific consensus on climate change, but we still lack a social consensus. In order to achieve a social consensus, Hoffman believes we ...

Full article: http://grist.org/business-technology/we-cant-solve-our-en...

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