code red for humanityFuture of Work Podcaster Dan Smolen describes how a “Code Red for Humanity” impacts the future of work.

The news reported this week by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is shocking: humans have changed Earth. What is more, the changes are dire and some of them are irreversible.

Above all findings is this: during the next 20 years, human activity will raise Earth’s average temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius. For those in the United States, that expected increase means that, on average, we will be 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit hotter.

Got your attention now?

Last month, on the Pacific coastline of Northern California and Oregon, daytime high temperatures shattered records. As a result, mussels, washed up on the shore, literally cooked in their shells.

Climate change is rapidly increasing. And this is but one example of what our future may look like.

All that said, we are left to wonder: how does a Code Red for Humanity impact the future of work?

Most definitely, it clarifies its purpose.

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The Code Red for Humanity is a dire threat. But it also provides a unique opportunity for us to dramatically and positively reimagine the future of work in terms that ensure humanity’s survival on Earth.

In the most basic of intentions, we must start RIGHT NOW to reimagine what work is, as well as how, when, where, and why we do it.

And let us begin that rethinking process with a completely redesigned job brief or spec that holds us all accountable for Earth’s survival.

No longer should success on the job be measured in terms of expansion and revenue scale, alone. Instead, every worker should demonstrate that they have contained and reduced work-related consumption of carbon-based energy and water.

Let us build thorough intentionality into the work that we do and hope to do, to ensure that our children and their children inherit a safe, habitable planet.

The Code Red for Humanity got our attention. And now we must make it Job One to save all that we have left to save. This week, the United States Congress is poised to pass a huge Infrastructure Bill that would begin to change how Americans and American businesses consume energy and natural resources. That is a start.

But the bulk of the heavy lifting is up to each of us. Truly, with steel in our spines and love for planet and people in our hearts, our (bravest) best days lie ahead.

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