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- November 1, 2019: Vol. 13, Number 10

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Getting a grip: The real estate world is yet to formulate a decisive response to climate change concerns

by Marek Handzel

Greta Thunberg spent 15 days at sea over the summer, travelling to the United States from the United Kingdom on a zero-carbon yacht.

Miss Thunberg’s trip was covered by every news outlet that you can think of, underlining the influence that the 16-year-old now wields. From schoolchildren skipping school, to politicians wringing their hands and declaring climate emergencies, it is remarkable to witness how quickly her Fridays for Future movement has permeated discourse on the environment.

Speaking at the 2019 UN climate action summit in New York on 23 September, she berated governments and industry leaders for having not acquiesced to Fridays for Future’s demand that urgent and decisive action is taken to find a safe pathway to stay within a 1.5C increase in global temperatures. Granted, you could argue that her use of language was a little dramatic, with her talk of stolen childhoods, broken dreams, and the like. But you could also make a case that her overall prem

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