his is how we imagine a sustainable future of the world. Some countries and regions have already achieved a great deal on their way there, but in order to avoid irreversible climate tipping points, we still urgently need to significantly speed up our actions in order to achieve a climate-neutral world and economy.
Since 2015, the world has been missing the annual goals for necessary CO2 reductions by far and currently, we are moving into a 3-4 degree Celsius scenario for 2050, which will have disastrous consequences for human civilization.
Therefore, we call for the immediate stop of any subsidies into fossil fuels and the establishment of an effective Greenhouse Gas pricing applied on the regional, country, and ideally global levels, which will stop new investments in fossil energies, disincentivize existing fossil energy use, and incentivize investments in renewable energy. This should be in parallel with supporting developing economies to grow in accordance with sustainability principles, establishing a financial equalization without damaging the climate further.
Until greenhouse gases are banned on a global scale (like CFC was 30 years ago as an ozone-depleting chemical), regions and countries will implement carbon border taxes that allow them to shield their economies against imports of cheaper goods from other countries where the price is kept low by lack of effective greenhouse gas taxes. The offsetting of greenhouse gases only works if they are truly avoided, not simply produced somewhere else and imported instead.
In any case, offsetting can be only a transition strategy, since we need to combat the source and not the symptoms of greenhouse gases. Therefore, expansion towards 100% renewable energy and natural GHG sinks, such as reforestation must continue as quickly as possible on a global scale, ensuring that harmful emissions are not only taxed but also actively avoided and removed.
Individual countries, regions, and companies are not entirely responsible for the global climate and cannot create solutions on their own. However, we cannot wait any longer for someone else to act; we must take responsibility now and adopt a pioneering role. After all, environmental and climate protection is the preservation of humanity for future generations. As digital leaders, we stand for this transformation, not at all costs, but instead in line with our core democratic values and personal data privacy.
As forward-thinking entrepreneurs across the world, we say: we can do it! What we need is a can-do attitude and moonshot thinking. Climate protection is an opportunity for the economy - it creates jobs and gives us a stable future, enshrining inclusive healthcare, infrastructure, and land use.
As Leaders for Climate Action, we not only demand rigorous and rapid political action for effective climate protection, but we make our own contribution too. We are not perfect, but every day we take concrete steps to move our companies closer and closer towards climate neutrality and sustainability.
Every new entrepreneur and investor who joins us brings us one step more towards this vision of the future. So, become a Leader for Climate Action by signing up to our Green Pledge and help us spread the word!