Major Corporations Setting Global Warming Pollution Targets as Climate Week Kicks Off
A full 51 percent of the worlds biggest corporations have corporate-wide climate pollution reduction targets, according to a new report released today by the Carbon Disclosure Project. The nonprofit, which represents institutional investors, noted that only 36 percent of corporations have set targets beyond 2012 and called for a long-term international treaty to provide regulatory certainty for these companies. The release was one of many events billed as part of Climate Week NYC surrounding the United Nations Climate Summit, at which President Obama will speak Tuesday.
On Monday September 21st, the coalition tcktcktck.org sponsored 1,500 events in 130 countries at 12:18 local time as a wake up call to world leaders on global warming. “The world is sleepwalking into a crisis of epic and historical proportions,” the group wrote in its press release. Celebrities Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox, Alanis Morissette, Michael Stipe, Stephen Fry, Harry Belafonte, Emiliana Torrini, Lila Downs, Groove Armada, and Zap Mama, among others, participated in events, calling their elected leaders and urging their fans to make calls.
That major world corporations are joining the drumbeat call for a global treaty on climate pollution is significant given the rhetoric out of Washington opposing a clean energy economy. “If we don’t move now, it just becomes more expensive, more complicated, and a bigger risk,” Brad Figel, director of government affairs at Nike said of global warming at a Capitol Hill briefing Friday. Figel was quoted in a Washington Post article Monday along with executives of Levi Strauss, Starbucks, and Walmart discussing their corporation’s climate pollution reduction efforts.
So besides signing this Care2 petition calling for a strong global climate treaty, what are you doing to mark Climate Week?
Human Countdown to Copenhagen Demonstration in Central Park, Sept 20, 2009.
The visual makes much more sense from above, as seen in this ABC News video featuring tcktcktck’s Ben Margolis.
And if you missed that petition calling for a strong global climate treaty, here it is again.