A group of 3,000 small and medium sized businesses, Green America’s Green Business Network, is urging President Donald Trump (R) to remain committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. The organization pointed to the number of jobs the industry supports as well as the negative impacts climate change will on the US economy.
The Paris Agreement was ratified last year by countries representing 97 percent of all the world’s emissions. It was a landmark, international agreement that China and the US signed together, to reduce emissions worldwide to reduce the impact of global warming. Moreover, by moving for with protecting the climate the agreement also showed a pathway forward that would help stimulate the economy internationally.
“The Paris Climate Agreement is essential to protecting America’s economy,” says Green America Executive Co-Director for Consumer and Corporate Engagement Todd Larsen. “If we don’t take concrete steps towards reducing our emissions, as outlined in the agreement, small businesses—from farmers, to tourism, to importers—are going to experience sizable hits to their bottom line. Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, and we can’t afford to put them at risk, especially when we have the solutions to climate change available to us, and those clean energy solutions actually cost less and produce more jobs than dirty energy.
The positive impacts of working to reduce climate change are already being felt in the US economy. The Green America’s Business Network pointed to Environmental Entrepreneurs research, which recently found that more than 2.5 million in the US are working in clean energy and energy efficiency jobs. “Meeting the commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement will expand the number of high-paying clean energy and energy efficiency jobs nationwide, many of which are with small businesses,” the organization contended.
“Staying in the Paris Agreement should be common sense from any perspective,” says Green America Executive Co-Director for Business, Investing and Policy Fran Teplitz. “The agreement is already spurring the development of clean energy and energy efficiency jobs across the US, and will position the United States, and small businesses nationwide, to be leaders in the rapidly growing clean energy economy.Tweet