Apple CEO Tim Cook shared an email with Apple employees on Thursday, expressing his disappointment with U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
The email, originally published by BuzzFeed, Cook says he tried to convince President Trump to keep the U.S. in the deal, but “it wasn’t enough.”
I know many of you share my disappointment with the White House’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the U.S. in the agreement. But it wasn’t enough.
Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it. I want to reassure you that today’s developments will have no impact on Apple’s efforts to protect the environment. We power nearly all of our operations with renewable energy, which we believe is an example of something that’s good for our planet and makes good business sense as well.
We will keep working toward the ambitious goals of a closed-loop supply chain, and to eventually stop mining new materials altogether. Of course, we’re going to keep working with our suppliers to help them do more to power their businesses with clean energy. And we will keep challenging ourselves to do even more. Knowing the good work that we and countless others around the world are doing, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about our planet’s future.
Our mission has always been to leave the world better than we found it. We will never waver, because we know that future generations depend on us.
Your work is as important today as it has ever been. Thank you for your commitment to making a difference every single day.
Tim Cook also expressed his disappointment via Twitter:
Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 2, 2017
The Apple CEO was just one of many tech leaders who attempted to sway Tump’s thinking on the climate accord. The President announced on Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the climate deal. In addition to Tim Cook, other tech company CEOs have also spoke against the decision, and pledging to continue the fight against climate change.