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In response to “Averting conflict in favor of the common good” (Opinion, Dec. 15): As a business observer to the climate negotiations in Paris last week, I’m glad to second Jeffrey D. Sachs’s sentiments regarding the agreement. For more than 25 years, my entire adult life, I’ve been working as a climate activist, and now, for the first time ever, we have a global mandate for climate action. This is enormously good news.

When the US Congress will come to its senses on climate change is anybody's guess, but the business community is ready to take action. Now that we know the world is definitively moving away from fossil fuel dependence, businesses, innovators, and investors will make a decisive shift in the right direction, and that can only benefit the world as we begin to fend off the enormous threat of climate change.

Quinton Zondervan, Boston

The writer is president of the Climate Action Business Association Inc.