The Climate Pledge: What Is It And How Can We Support?

In a race to save the planet, pressure is beginning to amount on large businesses to do their bit. By aiming for Net Zero Carbon by 2040, The climate pledge offers a way for industries to do just that.

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When discussion arises on the solution to our global climate crisis, there are often a number of different fingers pointed in various directions. One of those directions is towards the large commercial companies who emit millions of CO2 gas, every year in the UK alone. Although they hold great blame for damage done, what that also means is that they can be the largest part of the solution. With the money and power to make an overwhelmingly positive impact on the future of our planet, it was only a matter of time before a commercial giant found its way to the front, to lead such a change.

Spearheading the way to such a solution is The Climate Pledge, a joint initiative founded between Amazon and Global Optimism. The organisation was created as an opportunity for businesses to minimise their personal contribution of carbon emissions, in order to resolve a wider issue of climate change. As one of the pioneers in the online retail space, Amazon taking a pledge to commit to net-zero by 2040 sets a bar for many of its counterparts to also do the same.

But what are they actually agreeing to?

The Climate Pledge follows the same principles as the Paris Climate Agreement, a treaty that was formed internationally by over 196 Parties to keep global warming to a limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Paris Climate Agreement unanimously decided, through the research of scientists, that to do this net-zero carbon would have to be achieved by 2050. The Climate Pledge goal is to accomplish the same thing, just 10 years earlier.

Therefore, all businesses who sign to The Climate Pledge must make a commitment of actively reducing their carbon footprint. To do so, they must follow three simple steps:

  • Regularly measure and report their greenhouse gas emission.
  • Implement strategies for decarbonisation by making real changes to their business, whether that be through renewable energy, infrastructure changes, efficiency improvements, or any other methods available to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Neutralize any of the remaining emissions with additional off-sets that are sustainable for a permanent future.

By following these three principles The Climate Pledge believes that any business can achieve net-zero carbon by 2040.

Although an optimistic goal, it is one that is necessary for the sake of our planet and its future. Founded by the IPCC report of 2021, ‘it is virtually certain that human-caused CO2 emissions are the main driver of current global acidification of the surface open ocean’. Broken down, this simply means that the CO2 emissions released from human activity, such as burning fossil fuels, are causing the sea to become more acidic. This in turn creates an environment that sea species such as coral are unable to survive, which can have catastrophic knock-on effects to the rest of ocean life.

Just like on land, the sea relies upon an intricate food web to keep all of its creatures alive. From seaweed to whales, it takes for just one of its smallest organisms to die out, for the whole food chain to suffer.

In fact, if human behaviour does not change and carbon dioxide levels continue to rise in the sea, then it can be expected that the surface waters could reach a pH of around 7.8 (from 8.1). This is the lowest it would have been since over 14 million years ago, when a major extinction event was occurring.

Fear not, however, change is beginning to happen.

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We have collectively reached a tipping point in terms of global warming. What we choose to do over the next decade will determine the fate of our planet. If we can make a significant enough positive difference over the course of the next 10 years, then there is still great hope. Hence, why actions such as The Climate Pledge are so essential.

It is undeniably a team effort. For The Climate Pledge to be successful, we must see a change in more than just a handful of businesses. A systemic shift in how large companies and businesses run is the only way this will work. Thankfully, The Climate Pledge already has over 200 signatories who pledge their allegiance to do better.

So, how can we help?
The first step is always to do your research. Like pretty much anything else, the more you know the better. Before buying from brands or companies, it’s good practice to make sure that they hold the same ethical values as you. Disclosure on sustainability can often be tricky to find within larger commercial businesses, so don’t be afraid to ask if something isn’t made clear.

Alternatively, as online retail progresses, finding smaller, greener alternatives to the shopping giants we once so heavily relied upon has never been more convenient. At Wearth we offer a collection of sustainable brands that cover anything from handmade jewellery to pantry filler food. So, there’s ample choice if you’re looking for eco-friendly swaps that you can trust.

Finally, it’s always good to get behind the cause. If you keep your eyes and ears tuned to the people trying to do better, you may be surprised about how much good is going on around you. Organisations such as The Climate Pledge give us all hope that the necessary change will in fact happen. Climate change can be an overwhelmingly frightening topic, but the best thing to do is stay informed, stay positive and stay actively looking for better. That is all each of us can do.

For more information on The Climate Pledge please visit- https://www.theclimatepledge.com/us/en