Incredibly, as Trump won the election, 190 countries have been in Morocco, working out implementation steps for the Paris Agreement.
365 corporations have stepped in to assuage their fears of a climate denier taking over the US.
A letter signed by brands such as Starbucks, Gap, DuPont, General Mills, Hilton, Hewlett Packard and Nike, is addressed to Trump, President Obama, Congress, and Global Leaders at COP22 in Marrakech.
We, the undersigned members in the business and investor community of the United States, re-affirm our deep commitment to addressing climate change through the implementation of the historic Paris Climate Agreement.
We want the US economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy. Cost-effective and innovative solutions can help us achieve these objectives. Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk. But the right action now will create jobs and boost US competitiveness. 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.
We call on our elected US leaders to strongly support:
1. Continuation of low-carbon policies to allow the US to meet or exceed our promised national commitment and to increase our nation’s future ambition.
2. Investment in the low carbon economy at home and abroad in order to give financial decision-makers clarity and boost the confidence of investors worldwide.
3. Continued US participation in the Paris Agreement, in order to provide the long-term direction needed to keep global temperature rise below 2°C.
Implementing the Paris Agreement will enable and encourage businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy and prosperity to all.
We support leaders around the world as they seek to implement the Paris Agreement and leverage this historic opportunity to tackle climate change.
In the months leading up to the Paris Climate Summit, the world’s multinational corporations called for a stong international agreement, racheted up their own emission reduction targets and 53 are committed to reaching 100% renewable energy. 2,000 companies submitted their own climate pledges to the United Nations.
In an open letter at the time, 78 CEOs from 150 countries – such as Microsoft, Nestle, Pepsi, Tata, Toshiba and Dow Chemical – called for an international price on carbon and promised to take a bigger role in speaking out about climate change.
And in another open letter in October, corporations urged quick ratification of the Agreement, which entered force November 7. This one was signed by Berkshire Hathaway, Shell, HP, Microsoft and others:
“We applaud the swift action by governments to bring the Paris Agreement into force. The Paris Agreement on climate change is a landmark achievement – it establishes an inclusive, pragmatic and, hopefully, durable framework for progressively strengthening efforts globally to address the causes and consequences of climate change.
We recognize the rising environmental, social, economic, and security risks posed by climate change. As businesses concerned about the well-being of our investors, our customers, our communities, and our planet, we are committed to working on our own and in partnership with governments to mobilize the technology, investment and innovation needed to transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy.”