Sticking up for planet Earth

Written by Brian Seitz

As Kermit The Frog famously said, “It isn’t easy being green”, and today following the decision of the US Federal Government, we find that to be true.

We are unapologetic environmental enthusiasts here at Buddy Platform, we love that we’re helping to preserve our precious resources by making cities more efficient. So, when learning today the United States would pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, we were extremely disappointed. We have the privilege of conducting business in two of the most beautiful locations on Earth, the Pacific Northwest and Australia. They’re not only amazing for their natural wonders, they are also marked for their efforts to combat climate change, and for the effects they are already experiencing from the warming of the planet.

Australia is working hard to deal with increasing power prices, as utilities move to reduce carbon emissions and smooth the transition to renewables, and the country faces hotter and drier summer seasons. In Washington State and down the West Coast, the increase in temperature is resulting in devastating wildfires, stronger coastal storms, loss of animal habitat and more difficult growing seasons for farmers.

The action taken today by the US Government comes after some of America’s biggest corporate giants lobbied heavily to stay in the Paris agreement. Alignment with climate science is not just the right thing to do, but good business too and Buddy is proud to stand with some of our neighbors and corporate giants in Seattle – Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks – in supporting Washington State’s announcement that we’ll join the emerging US Climate Alliance, along with California and New York.

We know climate change is happening, we know people are at the center of that change, and it’s up to us to do something about it. Together we can use common sense applications of technology to make us all part of the solution, it’s not a choice between the environment and business. Preserving our beautiful planet is something we are very passionate about, and we will continue to push for new breakthroughs and community action to help make this planet a healthy one for generations to come.