We’re not telling you to worry. We’re telling you that people are worried. People with money. People who launch and sponsor projects. They’re worried to the tune of nearly half-a-trillion US dollars. Where is this worrying taking place?
Deep in the heart of Boston. Thus, the image of the very worried young Red Sox fan in this post.
On the same day that John Henry, one of the owners of the Boston Red Sox, buys the Boston Globe, the front page story covering that news item is dominated by another, larger-headlined front page story by Casey Ross, entitled: A Rising Tide of Concern.
The article discusses reaction to climate change by real-estate owners and developers based on real and predicted sea-level and extreme weather changes.
You don’t have to believe ANYTHING about climate change – whether or not its real, who causes it, what the science behind it is or isn’t… all one has to do is look at the article and the amount of money at least imagined to be at risk, and the projects that this concern is launching, to realize that as a project manager, it’d be smart to be smarter about the subject in general. That’s the point of EarthPM and the point of our book as well as new chapters in books like the one just participated in, Sustainability Integration for Effective Project Management, and an upcoming chapter on sustainability in the AMA Project Management Handbook.
Being SMARTER (actually one of the concepts from the book Green Project Management) is the right thing to do.
Start by reading the article and you let us know if you do NOT see the intersection of climate change and project management – of sustainability and PM.