Young people are going on strike, demonstrating worldwide for ambitious targets to prevent climate change. They have understood that the climate crisis is a genuine crisis that threatens the future of our planet and have responded with a historic mobilization of students around the globe. They have been supported by 23,000 scientists who have signed a statement declaring that current measures to protect our climate, endangered species, our forests, our soil and our seas are nowhere near sufficient. We as entrepreneurs also wish to declare our solidarity with the strikers.
From our everyday business activities we know that:
It is possible to do business and protect the climate at the same time. There are already a wide range of innovative technologies, products, services and business models which do just that. Nevertheless, politicians need to act to create conditions which allow such technologies and business models to compete fairly and to generate change in the economy as a whole.
The countries of the world signed a legally binding agreement in Paris in 2015 to keep global warming well below 2° C. Signatories also promised to make significant efforts to keep warming below 1.5° C.
As entrepreneurs we support the Paris agreement and the following aims:
We know that climate protection is possible!
As business professionals we experience the power of climate-friendly and profitable innovative business models and new technologies every day. A speedy and comprehensive move to renewable energies, organic farming, a circular economy and new forms of mobility can also guarantee future-proof employment. But new ideas can also fail if rules and regulations are made to protect business models and technologies of the past. In the past 20 years the technological possibilities to combat climate change have expanded rapidly and their costs have sunk massively.
In order to transform the economy as a whole, government must act and set a new regulatory framework.
If we act now, an orderly decarbonisation of our economy will be possible. This is the only way to ensure that our grandchildren inherit both a healthy planet and a healthy economy. We can control climate change and preserve the natural environment on which we depend. This is why young people are striking. We stand with the #FridaysForFuture movement – the young people have our respect and our fullest support.