Several MNCs that are known for mining fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil have jumped on board the climate change bandwagon. This might seem a surprising move yet the trends are going in the direction of a deep ecology that is affecting everyone.
Much of corporate culture has co-opted the latest spiel on climate change and conservation. But some of the giant MNCs that are signing on for the cause of global awareness are engaging in what can only be termed an oxymoronic deal.
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More than a dozen companies signed a manifesto that will see to it that the leadership does something about global warming.
In a statement organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the companies called for “a more balanced and durable multilateral framework guiding and strengthening national efforts to address climate change.”
These companies include in their repertoire: BHP Billiton Plc, Rio Tinto Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc, Alcoa Inc. and Larfarge Holcim Ltd. They are responsible for leaving in their wake the largest carbon footprint on the face of the planet.
“We recognize the rising environmental, social, economic, and security risks posed by climate change, and that delaying action will result in greater risks and costs,” the statement said.
“We stand ready to work with governments and our civil society partners to deliver and implement a sensible and effective global climate agreement in Paris.”
Most of these high-level firms are supporting a UN initiative to bring together over 200 nations of the world. The goal before them is to curb carbon emissions. Global warming is at a peak and if something is not done about it now, the future will be a precarious dystopia indeed.
“These are companies with real skin in the game – either they’re large emitters or their products are. They know emissions need to come down and are taking steps on their own. But they believe the low-carbon transition requires stronger leadership from governments, too,” said C2ES President Bob Perciasepe.
“These leading companies support a Paris agreement that gets all the major economies on board, provides stronger long-term direction, and holds countries accountable.”
The objectives have been set to deconstruct this mess we find ourselves in as far as global pollution is concerned. All of the elements responsible for the mucky environment must make amends and do something about it in the nick of time.
Otherwise mass extinctions loom on the horizon and our own survival is at stake too. The Paris Agreement is our last hope. Especially, these MNCs play a pivotal role in the emissions that are indirectly causing global warming. It is either them or it is their products and the results are often nasty so care must be shown since time is of the essence.
The Paris Agreement will gather together all the nations and they will be held accountable for their annual carbon emissions. A piecemeal multi-pronged solution will be sought for the intrepid problem of pollution.
The leaders of the world will be lending their two cents of wisdom on the matter too. Finally, we have arrived at a juncture where something needs to be done about the matter at hand.
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The more this issue remains unresolved, the greater will be the burden. If we don’t do something about it our progeny will have to bear the agonizing conditions and they will curse us for leaving behind us a world gone wrong.