Some of America’s largest companies are looking a lot like climate change heroes right now. (Tweet this) They are affirming the urgency of the climate crisis, hoping to sway the hand of the climate change-denying Commander in Chief.
Moms are grateful for the moral fiber exhibited by these companies, which are concerned about US participation in the Paris climate agreement.
Rumors are swirling about Trump’s intention to walk away from the agreement. He seems to have dueling factions whispering in his ear. Is it Secretary of State and former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson? Or daughter and close advisor Ivanka Trump? If so, the US might stay in the Paris agreement. Or is today’s favored perspective that of EPA Administrator and polluter-promoter Scott Pruitt? If so, the US is likely to walk away from the historic global agreement that aims to reduce dangerous climate emissions.
Whatever disagreements are roiling among Trump’s inner circle, greenhouse gas emissions continue to alter our climate and impact our communities. Our children’s health and future is literally at stake.
Trump made a reckless campaign promise to “cancel” the Paris agreement, implying that fulfilling our promises under that agreement would stifle economic growth. But dozens of titans of the US economy have recently united to declare their support of the Paris climate agreement. They recognize that climate change is a global threat to families, communities, national security, public health – and to their businesses.
These companies represent a range of industries, including some surprising brand names like Tiffany & Co. and Levi Strauss, as well as tech giants Apple and Google. Here’s the list of companies that signed a recent letter urging the President to keep the US in the Paris agreement:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Dignity Health
- Gap, Inc.
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- Ingersoll Rand
- Intel Corporation
- Johnson Controls
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- Mars Incorporated
- Morgan Stanley
- National Grid
- PG&E Corporation
- Royal DSM
- Schneider Electric
- Tiffany and Co.
- VF Corporation
Their message appeared in a full page ad in the New York Times, and some companies, such as Tiffany & Co., also took to their social media channels to affirm their dedication to global climate action.
Regardless of whether or not Trump keeps the USA in the agreement, his EPA chief Scott Pruitt is doing everything in his power to wreck our ability to meet our pledged emissions standards. That’s truly destructive. Still, it is important that we stay in the agreement as a signal to the rest of the world that we honor our agreements and acknowledge the moral obligation to protect those most vulnerable to climate impacts.
How are these pioneering companies going to know how grateful moms are? Because we’ll tell them. Contact the companies and thank them yourself. It can be simple: “I recently learned that you support the Paris Climate Agreement. As a mom, I want to say Thank You for your leadership on addressing climate change.” Here is contact info for a few of the above listed companies:
- Apple: (408) 996–1010
- Facebook: (650) 308-7300
- Gap, Inc.: (650) 952-4400
- Google: (650) 253-0000
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise: (650) 857-1501
- Levi Strauss & Co.: online comment form
- Mars Incorporated: online comment form
- Microsoft: (425) 882-8080
- Morgan Stanley: (212) 761-4000
- Tiffany and Co.: (212) 755-8000
- Unilever: online comment form
Climate change is a global health threat, and so global action is necessary to solve the problem. The Paris Climate Agreement, which garnered the support of almost every single nation on Earth when it was adopted in 2015, is the first global effort to systematically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This historic, visionary agreement is a lifeline that will help protect our children’s future. Thank you to those American businesses that recognize its importance.