We can take action
and make history
It’s hard to believe that our actions could affect billions of people, but when it comes to climate change, our decisions matter to everyone around the UK and globe – from the food we eat to the information we share.
The effects of global warming are already here. It’s not just news items such as record droughts in Sao Paolo and wild fires in California. We’re feeling it right here in the UK too with flooding and rising sea levels. Wherever it is, natural disasters have cost lives and devastated families. Climate change is happening now, but it’s not too late to make simple actions to stop climate change in the UK and around the world to build a brighter future for our planet.
Unilever believes in a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably. This is why we want to inspire and mobilise millions to take climate action and help make a change.
Unilever is already part of a movement to eradicate deforestation, which contributes up to 15% of greenhouse gas emissions, and threatens 1.6 billion livelihoods. In 2014 we signed the New York Declaration on Forests. This signatories’ collective commitment to ending deforestation could prevent billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide entering our atmosphere by 2030.
We’ve shown the great things that are possible when we commit to climate change and our work has been recognised by Oxfam in their ‘Behind the Brands’ scorecard. We achieved an industry world first by delivering zero waste to landfill from our global factory network. Since 2008 we’ve reduced our waste by 30%, cut water abstraction by 29% per tonne of production and reduced CO2 from energy by 32% per tonne of production. Furthermore, in Europe, all palm oil sourced for our food products is now 100% traceable and sustainable. By 2020, all palm oil we use globally will be too. (Click here if you want to know more about what Unilever is accomplishing in the fight against climate change).
We are working hard to do our part but we can’t do it alone. Governments, businesses, communities and individuals must come together and join in the fight to secure the future of our planet for, not just our children, but for generations to come.
This year, we’re partnering with WWF to help protect one million trees in two of the world’s most threatened areas: Brazil and Indonesia. The partnership will focus on reducing deforestation and forest degradation, restoring forest areas, promoting sustainable forest management and increasing tree stocks in agricultural landscapes.
By working together for the world, we can build a brighter future. Take Climate Action. Sign the pledge and we, together with WWF, will help to protect one of these trees on your behalf.