Major Businesses Sign a Climate Declaration

May 2, 2013 in CSR by Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Mean surface temperature change for 1999–2008 ...

Mean surface temperature change for 1999–2008 relative to the average temperatures from 1940 to 1980 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last month, 33 major U.S. companies signed a Climate Declaration which urges the Congress to take action on climate change by promoting clean energy, limiting carbon emissions and boosting efficiency. The companies include eBay Inc., Nike, and Limited Brands. Combined, the companies provide approximately 475,000 jobs in the U.S., and have a combined annual revenue of approximately $450 billion.

The Climate Change Declaration is part of Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a project of Ceres. BICEP is an advocacy coalition of businesses committed to working with policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation. The Climate Declaration calls “on the U.S. Government to implement a national strategy to combat climate change,” and declares that “tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century.”

“The signers of the Climate Declaration have a clear message for Washington: Act on climate change. We are, and it’s good for our businesses,” said Anne Kelly, Director of BICEP. “The cost of inaction is too high. Policymakers should see climate change policy for what it is: an economic opportunity.”

“eBay Inc. is committed to driving a future for commerce that embraces clean energy innovation and is ultimately more sustainable,” said Lori Duvall, Global Director, Green at eBay Inc. “We see our participation in this coalition as a key element in bringing to life our vision for enabling greener forms of commerce over the long term.”

If you are a business owner who wants the Congress to take action on climate change, sign the Declaration. Businesses are not the only ones who can sign the Declaration. You can sign it as an individual. What are you waiting for?

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