The impacts of climate change will lead to many serious challenges and irreversible effects on Oregon and its economy. Climate change threatens the water, air, food, health, security, economic prosperity and the viability of small businesses. Small businesses will encounter significant barriers due to lack of resources and infrastructure for mitigation. Therefore, the future of our state relies on MSA OR small businesses to be engaged and become leaders in the climate justice effort. The small business community is an essential stakeholder that can help develop smart and just adaptation policies to make Oregon’s local economy more resilient, vibrant and healthy for all Oregonians.
Climate Change is a Problem Worth Addressing from the Perspective of Small Businesses
MSA Oregon needs to act because climate change threatens water, air, food, health, security, economic prosperity and small business viability. Small business can be a powerful vehicle to help create a sustainable environment that safeguards economic viability for small businesses and local communities. Despite rhetoric extolling the role of small business in the U.S., many current civic engagement models, as well as public discourse, exclude many small businesses, missing the opportunity to engage a constituent group that are proven and respected community leaders. If we hope to shift the existing climate paradigm, small businesses and marginalized business owners need a strong voice to elevate their concerns in the political and economic landscape. Small businesses and marginalized small business owners can help create a sustainable environment that safeguards economic viability for small businesses and local communities.