The Instigator

Mark Tercek
private sector x the environment
Created 21 Sep 2020
  • The Climate Revolution Will be Electric
    31 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 6 2
    “What’s the game plan?” is a question I get a lot. “How exactly should we address climate change in the United States?" It sounds like a challenge. Those posing the questions imply that climate-concer...
  • Climate advocates — this is your moment.
    17 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 4 1
    The UN Climate Change Conference (COP) is coming up and many of us are thinking hard about where things stand on the climate front. I remain mostly optimistic. We've got the climate-addressing technol...
  • Who Pays For Corporate Net-Zero Commitments?
    03 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 6 0
    A few weeks ago, I posted a Wall Street Journal article on LinkedIn about the availability of zero-carbon steel but at significantly higher prices. I asked the question: “Who will pay these higher cos...
    19 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 4 1
    Over the summer break, some friends who subscribe to The Instigator challenged me with the following question: “What about China? Even if business leaders in the US follow your advice and pursue the a...
  • Business Can and Should Do Much More on Climate
    15 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 4 2
    Climate change is now front of mind like never before. Every day we read more horrific news about fires, floods, heat waves, storms and other natural disasters with calamitous impacts. Further, this w...
    04 Jul 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    In much of America right now, it’s devastatingly hot. If this doesn’t terrify you, you’re not paying close enough attention. This is why we in the environmental community are doing the work we do, no ...
  • It's Time for Environmentalists to Care More About Animals!
    20 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 5 5
    Beef has made a lot of headlines over the past year. First slaughterhouses really struggled during the early days of COVID—they had shutdowns, slaughtered massive numbers of animals, and saw terrible ...
  • A Timely Suggestion for NGOs Trying to Save the Planet
    06 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 5 0
    Free Advice I remember back when I ran a big NGO. We got so much unsolicited advice. Much more than we wanted, needed or asked for. I don’t want to be snarky about this. Most of our self-appointed adv...
  • One Key Move to Improve Private Sector-Led Environmental Problem Solving
    23 May 2021 • 5 min read • 3 6
    There’s remarkable momentum when it comes to business getting involved in tackling environmental issues. It, therefore, feels like an opportune moment to step back and assess where we are and how we g...
  • It’s (Finally) Infrastructure Week.
    09 May 2021 • 7 min read • 3 2
    Remember when President Trump and team talked regularly about “Infrastructure Week?” Alas, it never came to pass. Instead, the notion became a running gag. Too bad. It was one of Trump’s better ideas....
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