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The Associated Press reports that the CEOs of 10 major CPG companies "are calling on world leaders to push for a meaningful agreement at the United Nation's conference on climate change later this year in Paris," saying that they "will 're-energize' their own efforts to make their supply chains more sustainable as well."

The companies involved in the effort, coordinated by the environmental nonprofit Ceres, are General Mills, Mars Inc., Unilever, Dannon, Ben & Jerry's, Kellogg, Nestle USA, New Belgium Brewing, Stonyfield Farms and Clif Bar.
KC's View:
Interesting ... especially since I gather that the CEO of the Trump organization would not be inclined to sign such a letter, since he's described climate change as a "hoax."

That said, there does seem to be some political movement on this issue. The New York Times reported the other day that "a majority of Republicans — including 54 percent of self-described conservative Republicans — believe the world’s climate is changing and that mankind plays some role in the change, according to a new survey conducted by three prominent Republican pollsters.

"The results echo a number of other recent surveys concluding that despite the talk of many of the party’s candidates, a significant number of Republicans and independent voters are inclined to support candidates who would back some form of climate action. It may also point to a problem facing Republicans seeking their party’s presidential nomination: The activists who crowd town hall meetings and Republican presidential caucuses and primaries might not reflect the broader attitude of even the Republican electorate."

Nice to see - and probably not much of a surprise - that these CEOs are more connected to real grass roots concerns and attitudes than the politicians, who seem more connected to a not-so-silent minority.