In December of 2015, an important forum was held. Leaders of nations from around the world came together in Paris to sign a global commitment to act on climate change—the first agreement of its kind. These nations agreed to reduce emissions through the strategies that best suit the needs of their country. This is how the Paris Agreement was born.
The Trump Administration has made the decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. Despite this, many leaders and American citizens still support the Paris Agreement and its goals. These American businesses, colleges, universities, governments, and investors have unified to let the rest of the world know We Are Still In.
Who is In? Several major players in the US economy have decided to step up and honor the Paris Agreement. The organizations that have already signed on represent a very broad cross-section of the American economy. Dedicated cities and states so far represent 124 million Americans, 1,531 businesses and investors, including a number of Fortune 500 companies.
Between these categories, millions of jobs and trillions of dollars are represented. From across the economy, we came together with this in mind: no matter what Washington decides, we can reduce our emissions and meet the Paris Agreement’s US targets.
GoalsWe Are Still In signatories are committed to making sure the American economy embraces a cleaner future through cleaner energy and addressing climate change. These organizations will work on pursuing the goals laid out in Paris, cooperating with one another, and making sure that, despite the federal decision to leave the agreement, the United States can still be a climate leader at the local and state level. This past June 5th had a fruitful #WeAreStillIn conversation between business leaders, which has been the inspiration for the next goal: even more conversation.
This year’s G20 Summit is on July 7th and 8th. This forum provides leaders from 19 countries and the European Union with a forum to discuss world economic growth, international trade, and financial market regulation. Among the topics that will be discussed this year are sustainable energy and climate policy. If we can talk about climate through every channel possible, our federal leadership is bound to hear us.
What We Gain Fighting climate change has a lot of benefits, which the We Are Still In signatories recognize. Taking steps to reverse climate change and developing a cleaner future leads to innovation. With new problems that require new solutions, there will be a need for new jobs to challenge our bright minds. Such developments will keep the United States competitive in this economy and promote trade with other like-minded countries. The Paris Agreement absolutely helps create jobs and keep the country and global economy stable and prosperous. We only stand to gain from honoring The Paris Agreement.
Falcons Rock Impact Investments is In We at Falcons Rock Impact Investments are proud to say we are among the hundreds of businesses and investors who are in. No matter what Washington decides, we support measures to act on climate change in accordance with the Paris Agreement and to make sure the organizations we invest in are taking responsibility as well.
We all have a responsibility to protect this planet we’ve been given, and we will do our part to make sure our investors are empowered to help because we believe it matters. To learn more about our process, or to get started with environmentally-conscious impact investing, click here.