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Multinational ice cream company Ben & Jerry's will close its Australian stores for this month's global climate strike and pay staff to attend the protest, amid a growing realization in the business community that planetary heating poses an existential threat.
It is one of hundreds of business in Australia and many more overseas that plan to support the strike on Friday, September 20.
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Millions of people around the world are expected to take part in the schools-led civil action, led by 16-year-old Swedish student and climate activist Greta Thunberg.
The strike will call for decisive global action on climate change ahead of a major United Nations summit in New York on September 23.
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Scientists themselves recently urged their colleagues to embrace political activism, even civil disobedience, arguing that using peer-reviewed research to influence policymakers has not brought about the radical change needed.
Ben & Jerry's will close 35 shops across Australasia for the duration of the strike. The company's Australian arm has declared that business as usual "is no longer a viable plan" in the face of a climate emergency. Or as the company says in its values statement: if it's melted, it's ruined.
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No one will be spared from the effects of unmitigated climate change, and that includes the business community. That's why I argue that all businesses should support the climate strike any way they can.
The Department of the Environment and Energy has warned of the pervasive effects on Australian business of higher temperatures, altered rainfall patterns and more frequent or intense fires, heatwaves, drought and storms.
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The department says the changes will be felt "by every person and every organization, public or private, and at all levels, from strategic management to operational activities."
Many in the business sector recognize the looming challenge, including the Business Council of Australia which has called for a bipartisan energy...
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