Monday, 15 July 2013 20:37

Businesses Influence Obama's Plan to Fight Climate Change

President Obama made it clear in his bold climate speech that business support for climate action makes a difference. Get highlights of the speech and action plan, plus learn what businesses can do to show support.

In his recent climate speech,  Obama laid forth a strategy that includes improving energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy development on federal land and limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants.

And he made it clear that business support is making an impact on climate strategy. "Recently, more than 500 businesses, including giants like GM and Nike, issued a Climate Declaration calling action on climate change one of the greatest opportunities of the 21st Century," Obama said.

Organized by Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), a project of CERES, the Climate Declaration puts forth a call to action: "Tackling climate change is one of America's greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century (and it's simply the right thing to do)."

Signers include global corporations like Ikea, Unilever, Intel, Starbucks, and Adidas, as well as green businesses leaders and GBN members, including Annie's, Eileen Fisher, Organic Valley, Clif Bar, and Patagonia. Add your business voice to the Climate Declaration and make a strong statement in support of action on climate change.

The White House released a powerful infographic detailing the impacts of climate change and the plan the administration has laid out to fight it, with data on how much extreme weather and carbon pollution has harmed Americans and the economy.

 

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Key areas of the climate plan to reverse course and pursue a sustainable future:

  • Reducing carbon pollution from power plants
  • Accelerating clean energy leadership
  • Building a 21st century transportation sector
  • Cutting energy waste in homes, businesses, and factories
  • Reducing other greenhouse gas emissions
  • Leadership: both domestically and internationally.

Business voices are needed to support strong climate action. As CERES states, "the opposition is well-organized and well-funded, and it's going to take everything we've got and more to mobilize our resources to make sure that essential business voices and economic arguments are heard."

Add your name to the Climate Declaration and help turn 500 business voices into 1,000.



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