The Climate Collaborative launched with a goal of uniting the natural products industry to drive collective climate action. Over the past three years, our growing community has made it clear that climate action is now a top priority across the natural products industry. By June 2020, 650+ companies have made over, 2,400 climate commitments, with 150+ in the first two months of 2020 alone. Even more promising, 71% of companies report active, sustained progress toward achieving their climate goals.
Nothing has given me more hope this year than seeing how this community has continued to push forward on climate action. Amid an incredibly eventful and challenging year, hundreds of companies from this network still showed up for the largest ever business climate advocacy day, advocacy trainings, webinars, and more.
On Friday, July 24, 79 companies in the Climate Collaborative community and network signed on to a letter to Congressional leaders requesting renewable tax credit inclusion in the forthcoming stimulus bill, identifying investment in clean energy and renewables as a concrete opportunity to bring jobs growth, economic prosperity, and climate action into the COVID economic recovery. The full letter is available below.
We are at a turning point in our country’s history, where circumstances are forcing us to redefine what we stand for—and to get involved in advocating for those changes. It has never been more important to make sure climate is part of that picture, and we are asking this industry to play a vital role in making that case to Congress this fall.
I spent last week and this weekend listening and bearing witness to the powerful, unwavering public outcry across the country demanding an end to systemic, institutionalized police brutality and racism after the murder of George Floyd on May 25. It's felt gutwrenching, infuriating, and sometimes hopeful--but it hasn't felt new, as tragedies like this are horrifically common in American life.