We face enormous challenges: Sustainably feeding and powering 9 billion by 2050 while ensuring long-term care for a growing, aging population in a changing climate are but some of them. These issues are complex and often interconnected. They are increasingly global and affect and often go against many large multinational corporations' daily business interests.
Corporations, by nature, owe it to their shareholders to deliver (short-term) profits, sometimes at the expense of (long-term) sustainability. Most large corporations have powerful lobbies and spend millions to ensure governments that protect their business interests.
In order for us to find the solutions to these problems, we need objective research. And yet lately, a growing number of corporations have moved into academia, bought themselves research departments and also the best talent available. Moreover, they have proceeded to privatize this knowledge. Worst still, they now have a say as to what goes in public curricula, what gets published and ultimately, what is considered "scientific" and what isn't.
Many of our top Universities have entered into deals with large corporations, as the money involved is just too good to turn down.
Is it not time for us to review corporate charters? Should corporations not be asked to strive towards long-term sustainable solutions to these problems rather than short-term share profits for shareholders? And if so, would this entail? How do we make it in corporations'/shareholders' interests to think holistically about these issues and act in humanity's long-term interests?
This video looks into how research pointing to potential threats of GM foods is being stifled by leading institutions, governments and agencies acting on behalf of corporations: Scientists under Attack - Genetic Engineering in the magnetic Field of Money https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADNE1B2Rl5Y
Category: Funding longer lives, Food security, Climate/natural disasters, Sustainable energy, Other
Location: South Pole Station, Antarctica