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Thanks for joining us. I should be with you. Colt says there are plenty of what it calls modern sporting rifles available and that it now feels it doesn't need to make more is that assessment assessment of essentially a glut of these. Do you think correct. I think that's probably is correct. Over the last ten years in particular credible credible number of such weapons have been sold These are very durable products. I'm not shocked that a manufacturer would feel that to. There's not a great deal of demand for their product right now. The company says it's suspending production. I mean that suggests to me suspending for now al but maybe not forever is my reading this. Is that how you read it. Yes that would be my assumption. It's not. I don't think there's going to be future. Demand I suspected elected will be but the timing right now is such that there's probably not a lot of people who don't already have one or two of of such weapons or or even more that is desperate to get more think it's an interesting question to ponder whether you would seek colts move is market driven as the statement from the CEO suggests or in some way responsive to the political moment where it's clear that the a Ar fifteen that they make is often used in mass shootings well that's correct but I guess we've had a lot of mass shootings meetings over a lot of years and more commonly win an essence. There's a backlash in a call for regulation or banning assault style weapons we see actually the sales increase of retailers who sell them and essence say the government's. GonNa ban these better. Get get them now so more commonly what we see following shootings is more gun sales. The Daniel Webster is a professor of American health and the Director of the Center for gun policy and research at Johns Hopkins. Thank you very much thank you more than seven thousand companies around the world have pledged to use their marketing and digital skills to support the worldwide climate strike today the student led demonstrations and set for more than one hundred countries are aimed toward aimed at pushing politicians to do more to stop climate change head of a UN climate summit already today more than one hundred hundred thousand people turned out at a protest in Melbourne Australia. A few retail chains have closed their stores today including lush cosmetics and two outdoor oriented companies. Burton and Patagonia the CEO of Patagonia rose macario posted the quote capitalism needs to evolve if humanity's going to survive Lisa the pike. She is vp of environmental activism for Patagonia. Thanks for joining us. Thank you David a big issue at stake here clearly but closing stores stores won't that cost Patagonia fortune well. It's really important to us that we support the global youth activists in calling for governments around the world to declare a climate emergency urgency to us. This is business as usual. We've closed our stores in the past to support climate activists and we're doing the same this time around and there seems to a sense there that you think it would add up that this would move the needle what's happening today but also you're more ongoing efforts. Absolutely absolutely I mean this is a climate crisis and we absolutely stand behind the youth activists which are lending their voice and their passion and we're inspired by them for speaking speaking up and asking governments to declare an emergency and I know a lot of companies are trying to reduce climate gases that manufacturing and transportation produces with a goal toured in some cases being carbon neutral Patagonia sticking more radical approach it is going to be carbon neutral by twenty twenty-five but I'd also like talk a little bit about regenerative organic agriculture as a source for food and fiber for our apparel so one of the initiatives that we're taking right now in partnership with other companies is launching a regenerative organic certification for farmers that were really excited about and with carbon capture if it all works in the science works. There's even this notion that Patagonia could become carbon positive. That's asking a lot that would be the goal and I think that genitive practices can actually capture more carbon than the traditional agriculture systems currently admitting so that would move into that positive space one approach some advocates say is for people to just buy fewer new clothes Patagonia Thadani or otherwise. I mean your company must be aware of this tension. Promoting consumer culture alongside promoting action on climate change awareness well yeah absolutely one of the most important things you can do actually is to keep your clothes in use longer so we're in partnership with our customers to repair using using recycled clothing through our warm where program and our call to action here in the United States is to tell Congress that there's no room in government for climate deniers so it will be specifically lately reaching out to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Mitch McConnell with that message Patagonia's Lisa Pike sheehy. Thank you very much for this. Thank you David we we all sub coverage of how employees within big companies such as Amazon had been pressuring their firms to do more about climate change. If you missed that on the air it's in the marketplace morning report podcast feed."