Business leaders demand climate emergency declaration

A group of business leaders have thrown their support behind campaigners Extinction Rebellion and called for an “urgent redesign of industry” to meet the challenges of climate change.

In a letter to The Times, published yesterday, senior figures from companies such as WHEB Asset Management, The Body Shop and Triodos Bank said they welcomed the idea of Extinction Rebellion’s evolving business platform, XR Business.

The platform will “convene a meeting of XR activists and experts with business leaders and influencers”, according to the letter.

“Most businesses were not designed in the context of the developing climate emergency. Hence we must urgently redesign entire industries and businesses, using science-based targets,” they wrote.

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