Published on April 11th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan8
Starbucks, Nike, eBay, Adidas, IKEA: “We Cannot Risk Our Kids’ Futures On The False Hope The Vast Majority Of Scientists Are Wrong”
April 11th, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
I couldn’t come up with a better title than Joe Romm used on his post. This line is just such a kicker: “We Cannot Risk Our Kids’ Futures On The False Hope The Vast Majority Of Scientists Are Wrong.”
That’s one we should all repeat daily. I simply put Adidas, eBay, and IKEA in the title instead of Intel because they stand out to me more as household names. But the amazing thing is that beyond those 6 companies, another 27 major companies signed on to that statement.
Joe Romm notes: “The companies who signed on to this declaration ‘provide approximately 475,000 US jobs and generate a combined annual revenue of approximately $450 billion.'” 475,000 jobs. $450 billion. You’d think that Congress would take them (and the majority of US citizens, even the majority of Republicans) more seriously and get cracking on some strong climate legislation.
Here’s the full statement these 33 corporations signed:
What made America great was taking a stand. Doing the things that are hard. And seizing opportunities. The very foundation of our country is based on fighting for our freedoms and ensuring the health and prosperity of our state, our community, and our families. Today those things are threatened by a changing climate that most scientists agree is being caused by air pollution.
We cannot risk our kids’ futures on the false hope that the vast majority of scientists are wrong. But just as America rose to the great challenges of the past and came out stronger than ever, we have to confront this challenge, and we have to win. And in doing this right, by saving money when we use less electricity, by saving money to drive a more efficient car, by choosing clean energy, by inventing new technologies that other countries buy, and creating jobs here at home, we will maintain our way of life and remain a true superpower in a competitive world.
In order to make this happen, however, there must be a coordinated effort to combat climate change–with America taking the lead here at home. Leading is what we’ve always done. And by working together, regardless of politics, we’ll do it again.
Sound good to you? Sounds good to me. It’s great to see such powerful corporations pushing for urgently needed climate action. The question is simply whether or not Congress and the rest of us will act quickly and strongly enough to avert the worst catastrophes (and chaos) global warming has to offer.