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Global Warming. Climate Change. Climate Justice.
What Does it All Mean?

We live in a world where the effects of climate change are increasingly real; from melting ice caps to rampant forest fires, it can no longer be denied that man-made carbon pollution is affecting our fragile planet. The scientific evidence is settled; global warming is real and already impacting people around the world. The question now is, “What are we doing about it?”

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The Effects on Our Planet and Its People:

Every passing year, we see changing patterns of precipitation, including more intense rainfall events around the world, dramatic changes in the arctic, changes in agricultural growing seasons and rising sea levels and ocean acidification. Some of these changes in our climate will have dramatic ecological and social consequences. The cruel irony of climate change is that people in the developing world, who can least afford to adapt to climate change, will pay the steepest price for the 200 years of industrialization and pollution from the developed world. It truly is an issue of climate justice.

 

Solutions:

It is more urgent than ever that we take steps to dramatically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – and to do it in a way that equitably shares the burdens and risks of climate change among the nations of the world. Ultimately, we have to break the link between economic growth and development from natural resource extraction and depletion.

There is no quick fix to solve climate change, but we know what we need to do. We must:

  • Divest from fossil fuels
  • Increase renewable energy sources
  • Put a price on carbon pollution
  • Work with developing countries to invest in renewable energy

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What Does it Mean for Ben & Jerry’s?

Ben & Jerry’s has a long history of fighting for climate justice and finding ways to reduce the environmental impact of our business. In 2002, we launched a carbon offsets program for our Vermont manufacturing facilities. In 2007, we ran our first global warming advocacy campaign in partnership with the Dave Matthews Band. We’ve invested early and often in efficiencies throughout our manufacturing facilities, supply chain, and Scoop Shops to increase energy efficiency and shrink our carbon footprint.

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Nearly all businesses have greenhouse gas emissions associated with their operations, and that includes Ben & Jerry’s. We rely on agriculture for our main ingredients, especially dairy, as well as manufacturing to make our products, trucks to transport our finished products and freezers to keep our ice cream cold. We know our carbon footprint, and are working throughout our operations to reduce it. We are working with our farmers to reduce methane emessions from farms, we lead the change to a cleaner, greener freezer in the United States and built the Chunkinator at our Netherlands factory which helps power the factory from ice cream bi-products.  We also know what we’ve done is not nearly enough and we must do more. We make progress and report on this each year in our our Social and Environmental Assessment (SEAR) Report. Read more about the steps we’re taking to reduce our carbon footprint and our plan to get to 100% clean energy at all of our U.S. sites by 2020.

Join the Climate Movement!

If it’s melted, it’s ruined. It’s true for ice cream, and it’s true for the planet.

Thanks in part to over 3.5 million citizens around the globe who signed the Avaaz petition urging world leaders to tackle climate change at the United Nations Climate Summit (COP21), the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by 196 countries committed to keep global temperature warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

And now the real work begins. It’s time to keep the pressure on our world leaders to make strides to rapidly transition to 100% clean energy, and meet the ambitious goals that will lead us towards a greener, cleaner future. Add your voice to the millions demanding climate action, and sign the petition today!

 

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