Invest in Wind Today to Power our Future

Invest in Wind Today to Power our Future

By Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mars, Incorporated

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:05am


We are in a race against time.

Those were the words of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the recent signing of the historic Paris climate accord. He couldn’t be more right. We all have a shared responsibility to prevent climate change from spiraling out of control - and now is the time for the world to come together in this duty.

But let’s be clear: That responsibility isn’t solely on the shoulders of governments. Businesses must step up to the plate and lead by example. It’s in the best interest of not only the planet and the people who live on it, but industry as well - climate change is a very real threat to every sector of business. Take for example the food industry. The heart of the industry - farming and agriculture - is highly affected by climate change. As chief sustainability officer at Mars, Incorporated, I see this firsthand - the farmers in our supply chain are not immune to the realities of climate change. If both industry and government set and follow through on ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments, then we have a chance of limiting global warming to a manageable level. Nearly 90 percent of countries have committed to the Paris Agreement - isn’t it time for at least 90 percent of companies to make strong commitments of their own?

CATEGORY: Environment