What was the world like on on December 1, 2015, when the first Honda Days occurred? Things were very different than they were now.
Let’s look to the Washington Post for a taste, where the Paris Climate negotiations were under way.
It’s important to note that no matter what happens in Paris, there is, and will continue to be a lot of positive activity on climate change. California, the world’s seventh largest economy, is now home to a carbon trading scheme. Prices are low (currently around $13 a ton), but California is not waiting for a federal policy to start acting. Beginning this year, its cap-and-trade program covers electricity generation, large stationary sources like refineries, and now fuel distributors. All told, 85 percent of California’s emissions come under the cap. What’s more, efforts like this create an institutional framework and rules, creating an obvious policy space for others to join in.
Companies also felt empowered to speak up about these issues. Take many food industries, according to NPR.
Mars joined with nine other global food companies, including General Mills, Unilever and Nestle, who released a letter calling climate change a threat to the world’s food supply. The food giants endorsed steps that would limit the planet’s temperature increase to no more than 2 degrees Celsius. (Since then, the total number of companies who’ve signed on has grown to 14.)
Sigh. Some things change, oftentimes not for the better. Hondas remain though.