Apple CEO Tim Cook (Tim Cook) signed a letter with more than 70 other chief executives urging the United States to continue to comply with the standards and targets set out in the Paris Agreement.The letter, written by Stuart Applebaum, Executive Committee of AFL-CIO and chairman of the International Committee, describes the severity of global climate change. Specifically, the letter talks about the impact of global warming on the U.S. economy.
Our signatories are a group of CEOs who employ more than 2 million people in the United States and union leaders who represent 12.5 million workers. We know that working together can help us make progress in dealing with climate change, which is the best for the economic health, work and competitiveness of our company and country.
In 2017, many of us worked together to support the United States in its accession to the Paris Agreement. We got together and said we would not quit. Two years ago, the impact of global warming was obvious. Today, with record temperatures across the country, hurricanes hitting the coast, and more devastating wildfires, droughts and floods destroying the economy, we don't have time to waste.
The letter stressed the importance of respecting workers' labor rights while complying with environmental standards and the ability of companies to choose their own path to achieve emission reduction targets. The letter continues to call on the United States to work to comply with the provisions of the Paris Agreement.
Tim Cook's signature in the letter is not surprising, as Apple has begun to stand out in the field of sustainability. In the spring of 2018, Apple announced the use of 100 per cent renewable energy in its data centers, retail stores and Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino.
Apple has now set a goal to build a complete closed-loop supply chain, hoping to produce products with 100% recycled materials. As 70% of Apple's greenhouse gas emissions come from the supply chain, it will greatly reduce the adverse impact of product production on the environment.
The Paris Agreement is a voluntary agreement, aiming to control the global average temperature rise in this century within 2 degrees Celsius, and the global temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre industrial level. The agreement was approved in 2016 and has been signed by nearly 200 countries, regions and states.
If allowed to develop, global warming will continue to cause more severe "super storms", typhoons and hurricanes, tornadoes and snowstorms and other extreme weather. As the glaciers melt, the sea level will rise, and by 2100, about 10% of the world's population will probably lose their homes. As permafrost melts, methane storage in the Arctic may be released into the atmosphere, accelerating global warming.
The main objective of the Paris Agreement is to limit carbon emissions, mainly through restructuring the system and encouraging enterprises to turn to renewable energy. 186 countries in the Paris Agreement have submitted formal carbon reduction targets. The Paris agreement also seeks to provide funding (up to $100 billion per year) to developing countries to mitigate climate change losses and provide a clean renewable energy framework.