Andrew Johnstone is the managing director and chief executive of Climate Fund Managers, an innovative organisation facilitating climate investing through blended finance. His work involves directing investment into projects that contribute purposefully to the battle against climate change, and build infrastructure as a means to mitigate the effects of climate change.
According to Johnstone, we are losing the battle every day and it is too late to maintain the world in its current status. However, he believes we can still make a difference and that it is not too late to sustain humankind.
“We are on an exponential trajectory that is compounded. Time is critical,” he says.
The world is continually in a state of flux and the key is coming to terms with how we change with it. Climate change is a force that is much greater than ourselves and under which we have no choice but to adapt.
“We can no longer mitigate it; we have to adapt to the consequences. In the past, we had the ability to mitigate consequences by avoiding them. Climate change is now beyond our control.”
According to Johnstone, we live on and interact with our planet through an incremental system based on consumption. The world has learned to operate to a scale that accommodates seven billion people. “In order to sustain humanity, we now need to find a way in which we consume differently, either in the form of less or in the form of different, sustainable consumption,” says Johnstone.
“We are moving into a world that is profoundly different to the one in which we live now.”
“Ultimately, one wants to be involved with things that are real and that one feels one can make a difference in. That resonance of fundamental purpose is the reason I get up every morning.”