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27 Jul 2016

Jennifer L Morgan, Greenpeace Intl., on Huffington Post (USA)

Commentary: 5 reasons why fossil fuel CEOs must answer Filipino people on climate & human rights impacts

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"Five reasons why CEOs of fossil fuel giants must answer to the Filipino people"

Here are five good reasons why CEOs of fossil fuel companies should respect the lives and livelihoods of those living on the front lines of climate change and answer the Filipinos’ petition.

1. Deadlines focus the mind The Commission has ordered the big polluters to respond to the petition within 45 days. The issues raised should come as no surprise. Shareholders have repeatedly requested that fossil fuel companies submit business plans in light of the urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions...

2. The writing is on the wall The Paris Agreement signals the end of the fossil fuel era. Business-as-usual is no longer a viable option...

3. Honesty is the best policy Some companies may have tried to hide the truth about climate change, in order to protect profits. Recent investigations revealed that despite understanding the risks of climate change years ago...The Union of Concerned Scientists has called on fossil fuel companies to stop disseminating misinformation on climate change...

4. Talk now or get sued later Climate change litigation is a material risk. Delaying action to address the human rights impacts of fossil fuels will only heighten the risk of lawsuits for CEOs and corporations...

5. Have a good answer for your grandchildren What will a fossil fuel CEO say when her or his grandchild asks, what did you do about climate change?...

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