China’s giant panda population is at dire risk of extinction due to global warming—and the leading cause of their demise is the countless factories that manufacture the parts needed to make your iPhone.
The biggest problem is that Apple's offices aren't directly responsible for this devastation. The pollution comes from all the factories that supply Apple with the parts it needs: batteries, chipboards, phone casings and screens. These factories produce around four times the pollution it takes to just assemble the iPhone.
And Apple likes that just fine—because it means it doesn’t have to be held accountable for its own pollution. But make no mistake: if there was no iPhone, these factories would be shut down tomorrow.
Tell Apple to take responsibility for all its pollution. Disclose your supply-chain carbon emissions now!
Giant Pandas are extremely vulnerable to climate change because of their specialized diet. They eat bamboo and only bamboo. But as the climate warms and industry further encroaches upon panda habitat, scientists worry that bamboo could disappear completely by the end of the century. And the number one contributor to air pollution in China? Supply-side carbon emissions.
Supply-side emissions is a tricky concept. Think about the coal and gas burned to make a material that’s then shipped back across the ocean to go into some other phone or computer. All the emissions burned to make that part are not included in the corporation’s environmental rating—meaning it can pretend to be green and climate friendly while its supply line is littered with carbon bombs.
If we want to get serious about stopping climate change, we have to hold corporations like Apple accountable for all the pollution they’re responsible for—not just the pollution they’re willing to tell us about.
That’s exactly what SumOfUs members did when we changed the conversation about palm oil. Hundreds of thousands of us taught the world that some of the most-loved food products from Doritos to Cornflakes were responsible for massive deforestation and the elimination of precious orangutan habitat. We turned palm oil production upside down—and that’s exactly what we’re going to do with sneaky supply-chain pollution.
Join us and demand Apple takes responsibility for all the pollution it’s responsible for—not just what it’s willing to tell us about.