Climate Declaration FAQ's
What is the Climate Declaration?
The Climate Declaration is a call to action from leading American businesses, urging the public, policymakers and business leaders to seize the economic opportunity in tackling climate change.
The Declaration was drafted by the Ceres-led Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), and asserts, “Tackling climate change is one America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century”. The Declaration was launched on April 10th, 2013 with 33 founding signatories - the full list of signatories can be found at www.climatedeclaration.us.
What is the purpose of the Climate Declaration?
The purpose of the Climate Declaration is to demonstrate strong business support from highly credible American brands for taking action on climate change and energy policy at both the state and federal level and champion the innovative actions already taking place within American companies.
A number of key policy opportunities along with rising awareness on the issue has created a new urgency and renewed momentum for climate action including:
- Strong Presidential Commitment: The President has made clear tackling climate change is a priority for his second term as evidenced by the Administration’s Climate Action Plan.
- Significant Legislative Momentum: Since the beginning of the 113th Congress, a series of climate related bills have been introduced, including bi-partisan energy efficiency legislation. A bi-cameral task force on climate change has been established and the Safe Climate Caucus was formed in the House.
- International Agreement: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is working toward agreement on an international climate treaty in 2015. The U.S. must show leadership on this issue if negotiations are to be successful.
- Increasingly Extreme Weather: The impacts and economic losses of extreme weather such as Superstorm Sandy have led politicians on both sides of the aisle to openly link increasing extreme weather to a changing climate.
- Strong Public Support: Recent findings of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication make it clear that more Americans support action to address climate change and encourage a clean energy economy. Eighty-three percent of respondents believe corporations and industry should be doing more to address global warming.
Who can sign the Climate Declaration?
Businesses and individuals are welcome to sign the Climate Declaration. A registered business of any size and from anywhere in the world can join. Companies with annual revenues of over 100 million will have their logos included on the Climate Declaration.
Individuals are also welcome to add their name in support.
What is required in order to sign?
The only requirement for signing the Climate Declaration is agreement with the statement. It does not mean that your business supports any specific piece of legislation.
There is no cost associated with signing. No company is required to speak to the press.
Once you have added your company name or logo to the Climate Declaration there are no other mandatory elements. There are opportunities for companies to take action beyond adding their name or logo. The BICEP team will contact companies and individuals with opportunities for further engagement.
What are the opportunities for further engagement?
There are opportunities for companies to take action beyond adding their name or logo. None of these opportunities are mandatory. The BICEP team will contact you with opportunities for further engagement, including:
- Spreading the message through social media and other online communications
- Engaging your consumers and employees as individuals in support
- Telling your own clean energy or climate mitigation story through blogs or op-eds
- Recruiting other businesses in your industry or networks to join
- Engaging with state or federal policy makers through written letters and in person meetings.
Where will the Climate Declaration appear?
In addition to the BICEP web site and press releases, we will continue to seek opportunities to highlight the Climate Declaration in as many venues as possible. Company names and logos will only be used in the context of the Climate Declaration unless we have received explicit permission for other uses.