Since September 2015 The Shift has formed a unique coalition of members engaged in the battle against climate change. So far around 120 companies, NGOs and academics have signed an open letter in which they call for action against global warming. This open letter is a declaration that business leaders and civil society want the climate problem put high on the political agenda, while they continue to reduce their own CO2 footprint.

The start: the COP21 in Paris

First and foremost this unprecedented coalition wanted to urge the Belgian government to be as ambitious as possible in its climate policy and during the negotiations at the COP21 climate conference in Paris. The assembled parties agreed that the government should aim as high as possible in the negotiations on the reduction of CO2 emissions.

The COP21 was concluded successfully on the 12th of December 2015 with the signature of a climate agreement by all 193 participating countries. Supported by the many climate actions and coalitions worldwide, all the parties to the conference finally recognised that the battle against global warming is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.

The Road to Brussels: what now?

In the meantime many organisations have already taken measures to facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy. In the following insights article you can read about some of the climate actions undertaken by members of The Shift.

On the 18th of May we invited all the members of our coalition for the climate at the offices of Spadel in Woluwe to share the concrete steps they are taking and to discuss other possible actions. You can find more info about this meeting via the following insights-article.

Would you like to sign our open letter and join this coalition with your organisation? Tell us more about your ambitions in the battle against climate change and what concrete measures your organisation is taking. For more info please contact Lara Piret.

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