Author name: Mark Tercek

What To Do Right Now

Environmentalists’ top priority should be finding agreement with diverse players Forgive me for putting a damper on your (too) hot summer, but I’m back with an obvious and urgent reminder. We are facing a climate emergency. Time is not on our side. Yes, there have been some victories. In the US, the most important was […]

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Nestle Gets Real about Net Zero

Other Companies Should Follow Suit This week’s newsletter is co-written with my friend Peter Ebsen.  To read our earlier primers on how nature-based carbon removal projects can accelerate climate progress in a progressive way, see here and here, and for our primer on climate disclosures, see here. Many readers are asking what we think about Nestle’s recent statements that

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Another Inconvenient Truth

Why business leaders should speak up on ESG. If there’s one consistent topic we focus on here at The Instigator, it’s the very big bet that society is making on the corporate sector’s voluntary efforts to address the climate crisis.  So imagine my surprise when I came across a Wall Street Journal article this past week reporting that companies

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Summer Book Picks

Great Enviro-Themed Reads It’s been a while since we published a post on books, so I thought I’d share my “hottest” recommendations, just in time for summer. Birnam Wood: A Novel by Eleanor Catton   Expectation: I started this book because I thought it was another climate fiction (“cli-fi”) novel — a genre I not only

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On Alchemy

How to Turn Big Challenges into Big Opportunities GreenBiz published an adapted version of the following post on April 11, 2023. I had the pleasure of participating in the Aspen Institute’s recent climate conference in Miami. It’s always a good event, but this year was a particularly opportune moment to survey the landscape and assess where things stand

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Private Sector to the Rescue?

How Business Can Accelerate Climate Resilience Efforts The following is my keynote address to Indiaspora’s Third Annual Climate Summit held last week, which brought together environmental experts and community leaders who are engaged in seeking out solutions to the current climate crisis. My remarks sparked a lively Q&A and I thought readers of The Instigator would like

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The Race of our Lives

How the private sector can help us win The following is a speech I delivered this week to all employees at an innovative company called GridPoint. The company provides businesses the knowledge and tools to optimize their energy usage through a subscription service, with the goal of lowering both their emissions and costs.  (Disclosure: I’m

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