Sixteen professionals have shared their personal narratives about climate-related work. These professionals from multiple fields, backgrounds, and generations feel a responsibility to share what they know and take action.
According to Daniel Thompson, the Founding Director of the University Center for Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University, professionals have an ethical obligation to bear witness to climate change. Thompson therefore suggests that professions should report, warn, criticise, and lobby to bring attention to the existential threat that climate change poses.
Rebecca Henderson, the founding co-director of the Business and Environment Initiative at Harvard Business School found that she was forced to ‘navigate between worlds in an ongoing attempt to persuade businesspeople that solving climate change is both an economic and a moral necessity, and that the purpose of business is not only to make money but also to support the institutions that will enable us to build a sustainable world’.
Jessica Green, an associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, believes that climate scholars have a professional responsibility to engage in climate politics.