Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced that the United States intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement for climate change. And Microsoft couldn’t be more disappointed.
“We all live on a small planet and every nation needs to work with others to protect it,” Brad Smith explained in the company’s official address to the current events. According to the statement via LinkedIn, Microsoft has been a headstrong supporter to the Paris Agreement since its initiation in 2015. Of course, when the newly appointed Trump Administration declared their interest in withdrawing ‘for economic growth in America’, the tech giant attempted to sway the decision.
In the last few months, Microsoft admits that it has worked in tandem with other American business leaders to plead the case of retaining a position in Paris Agreement. Even so much as to use full-page ads in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Post.
We believe that continued U.S. participation benefits U.S. businesses and the economy in important and multiple ways. A global framework strengthens competitiveness for American businesses. It creates new markets for innovative clean technologies, from green power to smart grids to cloud-enabled solutions. And by strengthening global action over time, the Agreement reduces future climate damage to people and organizations around the world.
It’s been no secret that Microsoft has been advocating for cleaner carbon emissions and overall global health. The tech company has its hands in various declarations and initiatives that help worldwide environmental organizations.
Whether it’s a stance for business innovation or a sincerely a concern for the health of people everywhere, more than likely both, Microsoft wants the public to know their stance is in favor of tackling climate change. And that they, once again, oppose President Trump’s actions.Further reading: Brad Smith, environment, Microsoft, President Trump