Project Management

Climate Change: Micro and Macro Opportunities for Project Managers

PMI Toronto Chapter

Bruce is the founder of ProjectManagementHacks.com, a resource for growing IT project managers.

Climate change has arrived, and it is wreaking havoc across our world. The question now becomes: What can we do about it? There is no single correct answer to this complex question. The first step to coming up with solutions starts with understanding our situation.

Climate Change in the 2020s
Concerns about climate change have been with us for decades. I remember when global warming was discussed with great worry in the 1990s. Despite those discussions, very little was done to address the root causes. As a result, climate change appears to have become unavoidable today.

Thoroughly cataloging the recent impact of climate change goes beyond the scope of this article. Instead, let’s look at a few trends that some of the developments associated with climate change include:

  • Extreme weather events: The impact and frequency of devastating weather events have increased worldwide over the past decade. The U.S. government has reports on “billion-dollar weather and climate disaster” that are very scary. There were 170 disaster events from 2010 to 2020, causing 6,213 deaths and $95 billion in damage. In contrast, the period from 1990 to 2010 had 6,215 deaths and $41 billion worth of damage. There’s every reason to believe that this trend toward more severe natural disasters will increase in the ’20s.
  • Evolving energy technology and batteries:

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