Call to Support Low Carbon Policies Made to Obama, Trump by Big Business

Calls and pledges to “strongly support” and stick with low-carbon policies, investment in the low-carbon economy, and U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement were made to President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump, members of Congress and world leaders by a group of over 300 major businesses and investors in the U.S.

Before adding that failure to build a low-carbon economy “puts American prosperity at risk”, the signatory companies said that they wanted “the U.S. economy to be energy-efficient and powered by low-carbon energy” in their the open letter that was signed by Gap Inc., NIKE, Mars Incorporated, Unilever, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Starbucks, among other companies.

“We pledge to do our part, in our own operations and beyond, to realize the Paris Agreement’s commitment of a global economy that limits global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius,” the letter continued.

Concerns among environmental organizations, researchers, charities and governments around the world have been sparked by President-elect Donald Trump’s sharp nnegative views on climate change and the environment.

The concept of global warming “was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” Trump had Tweeted in 2012.

Threats that the U.S. would also be pulled out of the 2015 Paris Agreement under him have been also made by Trump. The historic 2015 Paris Agreement, which came into force just this month.

Concerted efforts to “pursue efforts” to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees  and to ensure that the global warming stays “well below” 2 degrees Celsius have been pledged to be made by global leaders from all over the world including the developed and developing and emerging economies under the Paris environment agreement.

“It is vital that the business community demonstrates its ongoing commitment to tackling climate change,” Barry Parkin, Mars Incorporated’s chief sustainability and health and wellbeing officer, said in a statement.

“This is an important moment in global political and economic history, and we absolutely must come together to solve the immense challenges facing the planet,” Parkin added. “Climate change, water scarcity and deforestation are serious threats to society. It is imperative that global businesses, like Mars, do their part to face down those threats,” Parkin added.

The letter was released during the COP22 environmental summit taking place in Marrakech, Morocco.

“The Paris Agreement was a vital step forward, but its power is in our collective action,” Lara Birkes, chief sustainability officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, added. “Business and government leaders must urgently work together to drive a thriving, low-carbon economy.”

(Adapted from CNBC)

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