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Climate change and sustainability 

24 January 2014 has been unofficially dubbed “climate day” by some WEF 2104 participants on account of high profile sessions that addressed climate change and sustainability.


The leading source of tweets from WEF participants was the session Changing the Climate for Growth and Development. Speaker Al Gore’s (@algore) assertion that “We’re getting closer to a political tipping point” on climate change (#climate, #climatechange) was reiterated across the Twitterverse.


The general consensus among WEF participants active on Twitter is that climate change concerns cannot be dismissed. Their tweets expressed conviction that there is a need for businesses to implement sustainable (#sustainability) models as the long-term cost of disruptive environmental changes can outweigh the profits of short-term “bottom line only” thinking.


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Sustainability and the “circular economy”

The release of Towards the Circular Economy: Accelerating the scale-up across global supply chains by the World Economic Forum had participants wondering, via social media, if circular business models are the path to economic and environmental sustainability. They believe that rethinking resource flows, redesigning product life cycles and redirecting consumer behavior can create new business and growth opportunities. These focus areas would not be limited to start-ups trying out sustainable business models, but also apply to established organizations.


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To view the conversations from WEF participants, and the world, on Twitter, visit WEFLIVE.com.

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To view the conversations from WEF participants, and the world, on Twitter, visit WEFLIVE.com.

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