For leaders around the world who have worked so hard to slow the catastrophic effects of climate change, this is a regretful day. Putting campaign promises before future generations, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accords. The irony is stark given the growing numbers of business leaders that stepped up to call on the President to side with the future.
In the days leading up to Trump’s announcement, 25 business heavyweights signed on to an open letter, published in full-page newspaper ads nationwide and urging Trump to keep the Paris agreement. Morgan Stanley, Intel, HP, Google, PG&E, Ingersoll Rand were among companies aligning behind the message: “Climate change presents both business risks and business opportunities. Continued U.S. participation in the agreement benefits U.S. businesses and the U.S. economy in many ways.” “By expanding markets for innovative clean technologies, the agreement generates jobs and economic growth.”
Acting in their best interests and ours, businesses are raising their voices about the bottom-line positives of sustainability. These businesses have demonstrated that it’s not just scientists, academics, Sustainable Pittsburgh, and world leaders who support the Paris agreement. Business leaders focused on future prosperity know that fighting for the environment is essential for their bottom line and the economy. They have opened the door for many more to join the chorus and act, despite the White House.