U.S. Business leaders last week published an open letter in the New York Times urging President Obama and the United States Congress to pass legislation to effectively combat climate change following the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Some notable signees include: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry's icecream; Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia; Tom Colicchio, chef and owner of Craft Restaurants; and Donald Trump, Chairman and President of The Trump Organization.
You can add your signature to the letter at the link below. The full text reads:
"As business leaders we are optimistic that President Obama is attending Copenhagen with emissions targets. Additionally, we urge you, our government, to strengthen and pass United States legislation, and lead the world by example. We support your effort to ensure meaningful and effective measures to control climate change, an immediate challenge facing the United States and the world today. Please don't postpone the earth. If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.
"We recognize the key role that American innovation and leadership play in stimulating the worldwide economy. Investing in a Clean Energy Economy will drive state-of-the-art technologies that will spur economic growth, create new energy jobs, and increase our energy security all while reducing the harmful emissions that are putting our planet at risk. We have the ability and the know-how to lead the world in clean energy technology to thrive in a global market and economy. But we must embrace the challenge today to ensure that future generations are left with a safe planet and a strong economy.
"Please allow us, the United States of America, to serve in modeling the change necessary to protect humanity and our planet."