President Trump’s decision to gamble with the future of our planet has been met with condemnation across the globe, but if anything positive can be taken from his action, it is the response of US states, cities and businesses.
We Are Still In, coordinated by Michael Bloomberg, has announced it will create its own climate plan to submit to the United Nations. The growing list of signatories includes leaders from hundreds of cities, states, businesses, investors and academic institutions.
Already, Hawaii has become the first state to codify its commitment, signing two landmark laws requiring it to honour the Paris agreement and publish its progress. More broadly, it seems Trump’s decision has only served to strengthen the resolve and commitment of other nations to the Paris Agreement.
Speaking at last week’s Ashden Awards, former US Vice-President, Al Gore, said no one person could stop the sustainability revolution. Recalling the ferocious resistance met by other movements, from the suffragettes to anti-apartheid campaigners, he quoted Nelson Mandela, “it always seems impossible until it’s done.”
The impact of a grass roots movement of states, cities, and businesses should not be underestimated. Some companies consume more electricity than countries and the reach of their customers and supply chains extend around the world, beyond the boundaries and borders created by states and governments.
If businesses can inspire and engage people to think about energy in new ways, we can tackle climate change from the bottom up, and empower everyone to become part of the solution.
At Become Energy, we believe passionately that battery storage can create these opportunities for active participation. This ‘game changing’ technology can save businesses money, give them control of their energy consumption, and help to deliver clean, reliable power when and where we need it. But the benefits don’t have to end there.
By developing new models for sharing in the access and benefits of battery storage we can help businesses to inspire, engage and empower their stakeholders. For example, businesses can use a defined stakeholder crowdfunding model to refinance battery storage assets and invite their employees, customers and communities to get involved. And ‘end of life’ batteries can be repurposed to help tackle fuel poverty challenges internationally.
What better way for businesses, frustrated by the void in US climate leadership, to reach out to their stakeholders, and help everyone turn action into positive impact?