As you have likely read, yesterday, President Trump announced plans to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, which will leave the United States, Syria, and Nicaragua as the only three countries not signed on to the agreement. This announcement indicates that the US will formally invalidate its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% by 2025. We deeply disagree with this decision and believe that businesses and individuals, now more than ever, need to take responsibility for protecting our planet. We’ve experienced firsthand that businesses and the economy can grow and thrive while also being more sustainable.
How Optoro is Taking Action
Weeks ago, Optoro signed the Business Backs Low Carbon USA letter, affirming our belief in the importance of an energy-efficient US economy that’s powered by low-carbon energy. As the letter states, “cost-effective and innovative solutions can help us achieve these objectives. Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk.” Optoro’s is among thousands of signatures from well-known organizations, retailers, and small technology companies across the country – among them: eBay, Acer, Adidas, Levi’s, Gap, NIKE, Tesla, The Dow Chemical Company, Patagonia and Unilever. See the full list here. Today, Optoro signed an additional letter, written by WWF and Ceres in response to this news, emphasizing that We Are Still In on the agreement.
Why We Signed
As a technology company whose mission is rooted in environmental preservation and waste-reduction, our stance on this issue has not changed despite the President’s plans. Now more than ever, we understand the importance of global action to fight climate change and we remain committed to reducing carbon emissions through our client partnerships and the use of our platform. Though our vision on the issue of climate change is not aligned with the President’s, we are among thousands of businesses already working to reduce environmental waste and carbon emissions, and that will never change.
Tobin Moore and Adam Vitarello