From Green Right Now Reports

Climate Declaration

The Climate Declaration was issued this week to coincide with the release of President Obama’s proposed budget.

Major American businesses are making a pitch for climate action with a new Climate Declaration that urges people and companies to “seize opportunities” to secure a clean, sustainable future for coming generations.

The declaration, sponsored by the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy in Boston (BICEP), urges policymakers to consider that moving to a green economy — saving electricity, using clean energy, advancing low-carbon technologies — will create jobs, keep America competitive and save the American way of life.

Thirty-three major corporations, including IKEA, L’Oreal, Unilever, Intel, Levi Strass & Co, Starbucks, Organic Valley, Stonyfield, Ben & Jerry’s and ebay inc., have signed the declaration.

“The signers of the Climate Declaration have a clear message for Washington: Act on climate change. We are, and it’s good for our businesses,” said Anne Kelly, Director of BICEP. “The cost of inaction is too high. Policymakers should see climate change policy for what it is: an economic opportunity.”

The BICEP describes its mission as “working with policymakers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation…”  The group, organized by CERES, a coalition of business leaders working for sustainability and organized after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, advocates for a “rapid transition to a low-carbon, 21st century economy that will create new jobs and stimulate economic growth while stabilizing our planet’s fragile climate.”

Any business or individual can sign the declaration (reprinted below). Many of the early signatories report having been affected by Hurricane Sandy and other climate events, according to BICEP.

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“From droughts that affect cotton crops to Hurricane Sandy, which caused extensive damage to our operations, climate affects all aspects of our business,” said Eileen Fisher, CEO of New York-based apparel firm Eileen Fisher, which suffered severe damage and business interruption during the 2012 storm. “As a socially and environmentally responsible company, we are trying to affect positive change, but business can’t do it alone. We need the support of strong climate legislation.”

Said Anna Walker, director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Levi Strauss & Co., “One of the most important things Congress can do to grow our economy and protect our planet is to pass smart climate change legislation this year. Our workforce, supply chain and consumers are counting on us to lead the way.”