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Dear Mr Gore,

The Honorable Al Gore
Chairman
Generation Investment Management
20 Air Street
London W1B 5AN

 

Dear Mr. Gore,

A few years ago I asked a manager of Sustainability at Maersk Line whether the company had a Plan B if, or when, the Greenland ice sheet slides off and raises sea levels at ports on both sides of the Atlantic by a reported seven meters.

I asked him how Maersk would load or unload containers if its terminals were now underwater.

He replied that his company - with its head office in the same country that is responsible for Greenland - had no Plan B.

Or at least not one he wanted to share with a journalist.

Notwithstanding the Paris Agreement and continued warnings by scientists worldwide, members of the U.S. Congress and the current White House incumbent appear indifferent to the effects of climate change.

However there is a very simple and effective way to get their undivided attention.

With the possible exception of some indigenous peoples, humans are now completely reliant on logistics as a result of globalization.

Whether it is hair dye, smart phones or food, what all humans want or need gets carried by air, rail or water for final-mile delivery by truck, van or bike.

According to one estimate, 14,000 vehicles* a day pass through Dover (port and Eurotunnel) to deliver up to half of Britain's food supply. If delayed by strikes, fuel shortages or new post-EU Customs procedures, the country's food would last three days before shortages began.

Currently there is no sign of a plan to ensure trucks from Europe will continue to pass through Dover after March 2019 at the rate they do today.

Whether it is Mexico's border with the U.S. or Britain's border with the EU, without the global logistics industry mankind would feel its absence long before any Greenland cataclysm.

As U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said in November: "Failing at logistics can bring down the mighty."

So if you want to wake up U.S. politicians to a more immediate threat, all you have to do is obtain the obvious support of the world's largest logistics companies.

Without them Alibaba and Amazon wouldn't be in the global e-commerce business.

They include: A.P. Moller-Maersk (Denmark), CMA CGM (France), COSCO (China), Deutsche Post DHL (Germany), DP World (UAE), Emirates Group (UAE), FedEx (U.S.), Hapag Lloyd (Germany), HNA Group (China), Hutchison Ports (China), MSC (Italy/Switzerland) - and the United Parcel Service (U.S.).

Notwithstanding their individual Sustainability efforts of which you are no doubt familiar, if all these companies stopped operating, members of Congress would soon stop breathing.

Of course given your experience as a politician, you may have some empathy with that idea.

 

Respectfully,

 

Simon Keeble
Editorial Director,
HU Digital Media Ltd.

http://freightweek.org/index.php/viewpoints-2/2952-uk-food-supply-faces-catastrophic-threat

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