The paper "Climate Change and a Sustainable Future for Canberra District Wine Industry" is a perfect example of a business case study. Climate change is a widely discussed topic and it has become a subject of concern especially for the environmental scholars. It is a subject that has been discussed in diverse contexts such as urban development, agriculture and tourism. Quite unique to all these discussions is the fact that climate change is considered as a threat to humanity. The effects of climate change are diverse and affect all sectors such as agriculture and business.
Problems arising from climate change are continuously increasing. The business environment has changed as a result of challenges arising from climate change that is continuously increasing (Ray 2013). Just like the business sector, agriculture and tourism also face the challenges arising from climate change and there are some major changes that have emerged from adaptation. The wine industry has a direct impact on the economy of a nation. The sustainability of the wine industry will depend on how this sector will adapt to the challenges of climate change.
This essay will discuss climate change and a sustainable business future for Canberra District wine industry. In this context, this essay will discuss extensively the current state of Canberra District wine industry, strategic challenges to its sustainability, major stakeholders and the strategic responses to climate change. Arguments will be supported by relevant academic resources. Climate change has been defined in so many ways owing to its effect on different aspects. While others have attributed climate change to human activities, others perceive that climate change has resulted from natural processes. For example, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat (2008) attributes climate change to human activities and he defines it as changes occurring in earth's global climate or that of a given region over a period of time that can range from decades to millions of years.
According to him, climate change is a term used to describe all alterations in the status of atmosphere that have occurred over long periods of time. This term can also be defined using a description which formed the basis of the United Nations Framework Convention's Kyoto Protocol.
This description affirms that climate change is all that pertains changing of systems such as rainfall patterns, cloud cover, distribution of animal and plant species as a result of human activities causing increased greenhouse gas emissions (Reddy & Wilkes, 2012). Despite the fact that this term has been defined differently from different perspectives with diverse attributions, a common perception to all who have defined it is that it involves climatic changes spurred by human-related activities either directly or indirectly (Rajya Sabha Secretariat, 2008). Sustainability is also a widely contested concept just like climate change and it is an old term which dates back to ascend of mining and industrialization (Reddy & Wilkes 2012: 27).
Since its emergence, the term has been connected with other concepts such as corporate social responsibility. Sustainability is defined as; 'An approach to production and consumption characterized by principles such as taking a long term orientation, balancing the needs of current individuals with those of future generations; recognizing that our activities are part of a complex system in which environmental, social and economic activities are interdependent and being aware of social, economic and environmental impacts of our activities' (Reddy & Wilkes 2012: 25).
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