Monday, April 22, 2019 - 09:00

Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit was a signatory to a letter about the Extinction Rebellion protests in The Times today. The full text of the letter is as follows:

Sir, The multimillion-pound costs that the Extinction Rebellion protests have imposed on business are regrettable, as is the inconvenience to Londoners. But future costs imposed on our economies by the climate emergency will be many orders of magnitude greater.

Contrary to belief, there is business support for the Extinction Rebellion (XR) agenda. Hard pressure drives change, but even the most committed businesses will need time to respond. We welcome the news that Extinction Rebellion is evolving a new platform, XR Business, to engage business leaders, investors and advisers. To drive things forward, the idea is to convene a meeting of XR activists and experts with business leaders and influencers. 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. To kickstart the process, businesses should make a declaration that we face a climate emergency and organise a session at a full board meeting to consider the case for urgent action. We will encourage the senior management teams of which we are part to do likewise.

Signatories to the letter alongside Sir Tim were:

Seb Beloe, partner, WHEB Asset Management
Thomas Bourne, CEO and co-founder, Greenheart Business
Gail Bradbrook, co-founder, and Fiona Ellis, XR Business, Extinction Rebellion
Amy Clarke, co-founder, Tribe Impact Capital LLC
Christopher Davis, chief sustainability officer, The Body Shop International
John Elkington, co-founder, and Louise Kjellerup Roper, CEO, Volans Ventures
Brad Frankel, CEO and co-founder, Flooglebinder
Jake Hayman, CEO, Ten Years’ Time
Jeremy Leggett, founder and director, Solarcentury
Charmian Love and Amanda Feldman, co-founders, Heliotropy
Andy Middleton, founder and chief exploration officer, TYF Group
Safia Minney, founder & former CEO, People Tree Fair Trade Group
James Perry, partner, Snowball LLP
Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever
Samer Salty, co-founder and managing partner, Zouk Capital LLP
Hermione Taylor, CEO and founder, The Do Nation Enterprise
Diana Verde Nieto, CEO and co-founder, Positive Luxury
Dale Vince, founder, The Ecotricity Group
Bevis Watts, managing director, Triodos Bank UK
Tim Westwell, co-founder and former CEO, Pukka