The Paris accord on climate change was hailed as historic, with nearly 200 nations agreeing to limit warming to 1.5°C, measured in relation to pre-industrial temperatures. However, 8 months after the target was set, leading climate scientists have warned that the Earth is perilously close to breaking through the 1.5°C limit (McKie, 2016). The environmentalist George Monbiot argues that, on current trends, with 15 of the 16 warmest years occurring in the twenty-first century, humanity already faces an ‘existential crisis’ (Monbiot, The Guardian, 2016, p. 29). The world’s fight against unmanaged climate change demands real commitments from individual governments, multinational corporations, communities and consumers to wean themselves off fossil fuels. Work organizations are significant contributors to climate change, and they have the potential to positively affect it through the actions of their managers and employees. The scientific evidence is clear: human action has already exceeded Earth’s regenerative capacity, and economic activity is responsible for the degradation of the environment (Ones and Dilchert, 2012). The world’s leading climate scientists report that more than half of the global carbon dioxide allowance has been used up, and, unless checked, the accumulation of carbon in the atmosphere will warm the planet by more than 2°C by 2045.
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