On Tuesday, more than 70 Oregon businesses issued a joint statement calling for the state to act on climate change. The declaration, endorsed by Nike, Adidas, Moda Health and the Portland Trailblazers, highlighted potential job opportunities that could come from addressing the problem:
“Starting today, right here, the Pacific Northwest can lead the way. We can create a healthy climate and a strong more resilient economy, by fostering innovation advancing public health, spurring economic development through job creation and speeding technological advancement throughout our region.”
This comes on the heels of Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s report, Risky Business, which outlines the potential economic impact of climate change to U.S. businesses over the next two decades. Paulson will be explaining the findings of the report at the Portland City Club tomorrow.
We’ll talk with three Oregon businesses who have signed the declaration.
- Jonathan Nicholas: Vice President of Marketing for Moda Health
- Eve Callahan: Vice President of Communications at Umpqua Bank
- Nikos Ridge: CEO of Ninkasi Brewing