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Letter To President Obama From Business Leaders

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FULL PAGE AD IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2009

 

Dear President Obama & The United States Congress, 

Tomorrow leaders from 192 countries will gather at The UN
Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to determine the fate of our planet.

As business leaders we are optimistic that President Obama
is attending Copenhagen with emissions targets. Additionally, we urge
you, our government, to strengthen and pass United States legislation, and lead
the world by example. We support your effort to ensure meaningful and effective measures to control
climate change, an immediate challenge facing the United States and the world
today. Please don't postpone the earth.

If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that
there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our
planet.

We recognize the key role that American innovation and
leadership play in stimulating the worldwide economy. Investing in a Clean
Energy Economy will drive state-of-the-art technologies that will spur economic
growth, create new energy jobs, and increase our energy security all while
reducing the harmful emissions that are putting our planet at risk. We have the
ability and the know-how to lead the world in clean energy technology to thrive in a global market and economy. But we must
embrace the challenge today to ensure that future generations are left with a
safe planet and a strong economy.

Please allow us, the United States of America, to serve in
modeling the change necessary to protect humanity and our planet. 

In partnership,

Chris Anderson, Curator, TED  Richard
Baker, Chairman, Lord & Taylor Dan,
David & Laureen Barber, Blue Hill  Chris Blackwell, Founder, Island Records, Island Outpost Graydon Carter,
Editor, Vanity Fair Deepak Chopra, Adjunct
Professor, Kellogg School of Business and
Management Yvon Chouinard, Founder, Patagonia
Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield, Co-founders, Ben
& Jerry's Gregory Colbert, Creator, Ashes
& Snow Kenneth Cole, Chairman, Kenneth
Cole Paulette Cole, CEO & Creative Director, ABC Home, ABC Carpet & Home Torn Colicchio, Chet &
Owner, Craft Restaurants Kit Crawford, Gary Erickson,
Co-Owners & Co-CEOs, Clif Bar & Company
Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman & Co-CEO, Chipotle
Mexican Grill, Inc. Eileen Fisher, CEO, Eileen
Fisher Walt Freese, CEO, Ben & Jerry's
Homemade Mitchell Gold, Chairman, Bob Williams, President, Co-Founders, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Matt Goldman,
Co-Founder & CEO, Blue Man Group Seth
Goldman, CEO, Honest Tea Robert Grebler,
Founder, Pokonobe Associates, Jenga Licensor
Adrian Grenier, Reckless Productions  Alan Hassenfeld, former Chairman, Hasbro Inc. Don Hazen, Executive Editor, AlterNet Gary Hirshberg, CEO, Stonyfield Yogurt  
Jeffrey Hollender, CEO, Seventh Generation  Kate Hudson, David Babaii,
Co-Founders, David Babaii for WildAid   Mike Kaplan, CEO, Aspen
Skiing Company  Michael
Kieschnick, President, Credo Mobile Sheryl
Leach. Creator & Founder of Barney
Sven-Olof Lindblad, Founder, Lindblad Expeditions
Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group
Laura Michalchyshyn, President & GM, Planet
Green, Discovery Communications  Will Raap, Chairman &
Founder, Gardener's Supply Company Horst
Rechelbacher, Founder, Aveda, Founder &
CEO, Intelligent Nutrients  David Rockwell, Founder & Owner, Rockwell Group Maury Rubin, Founder, Chef &
CEO, City Bakery, Birdbath Green Bakery,  Michael Rupp, CEO & President, The Rockport Company Gordon Segal, Chairman, Crate & Barrel Jeff Skull, Founder, Participant Media and Skoll Foundation Harvey
Spevak, CEO, Equinox Greg Steltenpohl,
Founder, Odwalla Michelle Stein, President, Aeffe USA  Martha Stewart, Founder. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Jeffrey
Swartz, CEO, Timberland Torn Szaky, CEO, TerraCycle  Donald J. Trump, Chairman and
President, Donald J. Trump Jr., EVP, Eric F. Trump, EVP, Ivanka M. Trump, EVP, The Trump Organization Jean-Georges Vongerichten,
Executive Chef & Owner, Jean-Georges Management
LLC

 

if you want
to go quickly, go alone. if you want to go far, go together. african proverb

 

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