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Sweden Is Proof That Financial Growth and Climate Action Are Linked

By Fredrica Syren:

President Trump followed through on his threat to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement. It was signed by 195 countries in 2015 as an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the rise in average global temperatures to below 2 degrees. When it was needed more than ever, with reports of Arctic ice melting much faster than researchers expected, this one of a kind agreement was a huge breakthrough in international climate efforts.

One of the reasons the President is breaking the agreement is his argument that U.S. companies will have difficulty making money because of it. Of course, it’s the coal industry he wants to save. However, all over the world and even in the U.S., companies and businesses agree that there are many profitable business opportunities, and that reducing climate impact and enacting tougher environmental laws will not mean that making a business grow will be harder. Actually, many jobs are created with greener and more sustainable practices.

Take Sweden, this country has one of the most ambitious goals for emission reduction and plans to transition to a 100 percent renewable electricity system. And it still is one of the world’s most innovative countries. Swedish companies are growing and are at the top. They have successfully retained and reinforced their international competitiveness. Actually, emissions have decreased by 25% since the 1990s, while GDP has increased by 69 percent in Sweden.

Long ago, believing that there was an increased cost associated with companies’ climate efforts was common, but today most businesses and world leaders have come to realize that ambitious climate efforts present opportunities. What President Trump and, quite frankly, many other policy makers in the U.S. have failed to realize (but many other countries already have seen) is that a development in the renewable energy industry is linked to a significant fall in prices, which can lead to a dramatic increase in employment and growth.

The sad part is that unfortunately the U.S. will pay for global warming and climate change sooner or later. Already it is doing so with droughts, extreme storms and increased temperatures all over the country because of it. It’s way more expensive to act later. Since the President’s announcement of the withdrawal, many companies and business leaders have voiced how they welcome a stronger climate policy and more investment in renewable energy.

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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