Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Applaud plan with corporate superpowers to combat climate change.
Over 80 major U.S. corporations have agreed to a White House-led plan to significantly reduce their negative impact on the environment. Corporations such as McDonald’s, American Express, General Mills, Dell, and Nike have signed a pledge to support President Obama’s climate goals by reducing greenhouse emissions and increasing low-carbon investments. Each company has agreed to a specific goal, such as reducing water usage by up to 80 percent, reducing carbon emissions by as much as 50 percent, or using 100 percent renewable energy. Applaud these efforts to reduce climate change.
Many are skeptical that these massive, profit-focused companies will actually help combat climate change. However, they have been quite successful in spurring industry-wide environmental changes due to the power they hold in the economy. For example, the 2006 Brazilian Soy Moratorium, in which soy suppliers agreed not to purchase product grown on land deforested after 2006, has been hugely successful to combat clearcutting thanks to McDonald’s, a major soy purchaser.
The American Business Act on Climate Pledge, part of Obama’s larger Climate Action Plan, will cut nearly six billion tons of carbon pollution by 2030. The plan also includes proposed standards for power plants to reduce carbon emissions, increasing the use of energy from renewable sources, and reducing energy waste in homes, factories, and businesses.
Climate change is a serious matter and, if left unchecked, could cause serious and permanent changes to the landscape, weather patterns, and environmental stability of the entire world. Sign the petition below to applaud President Obama’s efforts to pressure the corporate sector into reducing their environmental impact.
Dear President Obama,
A recent announcement by the White House confirmed that 81 large U.S. corporations have agreed to work toward reducing their impact on the environment. McDonald’s, Dell, American Express, and General Mills, among others, have all agreed to specific goals such as the reduction of carbon emissions by up to 50 percent, achieving zero waste to landfill, or purchasing 100 percent renewable energy.
In order to preserve the natural landscape and the plant and animal species that inhabit it, it is imperative that world leaders take swift action on climate change. The U.S. has emerged as a leader in the fight against global warming and this new agreement only solidifies that position. We, the undersigned, applaud your efforts to get the corporate sector on board with the fight against climate change.
[Your Name Here]
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