The Investment Case for the Environment

    by Rahul Bhushan, co-founder at Rize ETF

    Europe’s first Environmental Impact ETF

    Our planet is under threat like never before. Temperatures are rising, rainfall patterns are shifting and sea ice cover is retreating. Oceans are acidifying, soils are degrading, aquifers are drying up and droughts and floods are now common – while exploitation and degradation of the earth’s remaining natural resources, habitats and biodiversity continues unabated.

    In The Vocation of Man, Johann Gottlieb Fichte wrote “you could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby… changing something through all parts of the immeasurable whole”. He was talking about the butterfly effect – the sensitive dependence that small change can have broad, non-linear implications on a complex system. Our planet is a complex system, and our persistent assault on both its health and vitality has now started to alter its very fundamentals.

    The evidence is clear. Microplastics have been found in Antarctic ice for the first time. Canada’s last intact ice shelf has collapsed. Australia has seen some of the worst bushfires in history and locusts have swarmed Asia and the Middle East threatening food security and the livelihoods of millions of people. We have lost our balance with nature. And so – how can we restore it? How can we create a future in which both people and nature can thrive? We must make nature our ally, and look to restore the rich and biodiverse world we inherited.

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