Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Canada Failing to Meet its Emission Reduction Commitments

Canada's first ever review of its climate policies indicate that thenation will not meet it's 2020 emission reduction commitments. The election of Justin Trudeau's Liberal government was met with tremendous optimism from those concerned about climate change.

Although this government portrays itself as a climate leader, it is now clear that Canada will not meet its 2020 emissions reduction commitments. Canada has pledged to reduce its emissions by 17 percent compared to 2005 levels. This shortfall is in stark contrast to the ruling Liberal party's climate action rhetoric and it is at odds with this government's support for decreasing the upper temperature limit to 1.5° C as opposed to 2° C.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Death of Decoupling is a Major Blow to Climate Action

The evidence documenting the decoupling of economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions has been growing for years. The CDC has concluded that growth is compatible with emission reduction and Carbon Brief reported that 35 countries are showing signs of decoupling. If emissions coupled to growth is the problem then decoupling is the solution. This is the key to market driven solutions.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Event - Impact Capitalism Summit

The tenth annual Impact Capitalism Summit will take place on April 17-18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Referred to as the "The DAVOS of Impact Investing".  The Impact Capitalism Summit is the largest convening of investors focused on maximizing impact and maximizing return across asset classes.

Impact Driving Alpha & Diversity Driving Alpha are this year's themes at the Impact Capitalism Summit in Chicago. This year's conference will explore how institutional investors are finding market performance returns and better by looking at diversity as a potential source of arbitrage. "Talent is equally distributed but opportunity is not." Across asset classes, there is a large segment of our economy that is on the sidelines. Non-white, non-male fund managers, CEOs, and entrepreneurs have little access to the fuel needed to bring about meaningful innovation. Because of this, what great fund, company and investment strategy has not been funded?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Event - Alliance Conference on the Environment, Health, Safety and Quality

The EGSQ event will take place on April 18 - 20, 2018 at the Fairmont Austin in Texas. This event will be attended by world’s leading EHSQ professionals to Change Business for Good.

Network, learn and collaborate with hundreds of users, Intelex personnel and industry experts to transform business.

Event - Environmental Social Governance Summit: A Driver of Shareholder Value

The 4th annual Environmental Social Governance Summit will take place on April 5th 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, New York, NY.

The program will convene 200 heads of ESG, pension funds, institutional investors, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, and operational leaders to discuss how the ESG enterprise is reshaping itself to meet stakeholder expectations and best practices to improve company resilience.

The Skytop Strategies team is dedicated to crafting thought provoking agendas that are diverse, not only in areas of thought and experience, but in the broad range of attending speakers.

Event - Sustainable Brands Istanbul Turkey

This event will take place on April 18-19, 2018 at the Fairmont Quasar Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey.  Looking to drive better business results? Sustainable Brands is home to the premier global community of brand leaders who are tapping environmental and social purpose to drive innovation and deliver new business and brand value.

Discover how shifting consumer demands around the world are changing the 21st-century economy. Benefit from NEW, fresh-from-the-field RESEARCH and CASE STUDIES to help you deliver positive social impact while strengthening your brand’s performance.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Hawkings Urges Climate Action to Halt Global Warming

One of greatest minds the world has ever known has died leaving behind some disturbing predictions about climate change. British professor Stephen Hawkings warned, "we are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible". Hawkings was a ground breaking theoretical physicist, often described as the world's smartest man. He contributed to our understanding of space and time but he is best known for his finding that black holes are not entirely black. He succumbed to complications from the motor neuron disease ALS on March 14th at the age of 76.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Public-Private Wastewater Partnerships

Public-private partnerships involving wastewater are part of an innovative approach to sustainability that delivers results. Wastewater is an overlooked and underutilized resource that delivers results. Businesses, communities, residents, and the environment all stand to benefit from wastewater initiatives. This reduces demand for clean water which is particularly important in areas subject to drought. Corporations are coming to terms with issues related to resource scarcity and increasingly showing leadership in water management.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Combating Climate Change to Slow Species Extinction

"We are entering a new era in Earth’s history: the Anthropocene. An era in which humans rather than natural forces are the primary drivers of planetary change. But we can also redefine our relationship with our planet, from a wasteful, unsustainable and predatory one, to one where people and nature can coexist in harmony."

WWF International director general Marco Lambertini
We are facing the sixth mass extinction event. According to a 2015 report one sixth of the world's species face extinction because of climate change. Human activity is eradicating species at an alarming pace and the death of the last male Northern White Rhino is a clarion call.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Republicans Protect the NRA and the Fossil Fuel Industry for Blood Money

Both the NRA and the fossil fuel industry are the harbingers of death they wield their power with legislative impunity thanks to their minions in the GOP. Republicans receive generous compensation in return for the political protection they provide.

Americans are being killed by the NRA's gun advocacy and the fossil fuel industry's pollution. Both the NRA and the fossil fuel industry deceive Americans through sophisticated misinformation campaigns and outright lies. Wanting to protect kids from gun violence in schools is something everyone can agree with. Similarly, we should also want to protect our kids from the far more deadly effects of climate change.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Webinar - Clean Air Act Policy Change

This webinar will take place on March 21, 2018. The full title of the webinar is "Clean Air Act Policy Change: How the End of the ‘Once In, Always In’ Policy Could Impact Major Source Emitters About the Webinar".  On January 25, 2018, the EPA announced that it was withdrawing the “Once in, Always in” policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under section 112 of the Clean Air Act. With the new guidance, sources of hazardous air pollutants previously classified as “major sources” may be reclassified as “area” sources at any time, as long as the facility limits its potential to emit below major source thresholds.

Webinar - Climate Adaptation Policy at the State and Local Level

A webinar titled "Climate Adaptation Policy at the State and Local Level" will take place on Monday, Apr 16th 2018 at 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM EDT. The webinar is presented by Arizona State University's School of Sustainability, with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and the University of the District of Columbia's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences. This is the first in a new five-webinar series titled "Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience Leadership Series".

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Student Led Movement Challenges the NRA and the GOP

A student-led movement is taking on the NRA, the GOP and the president. This is not only manifesting as a series of protests, this is a movement that may augur major political changes. A solid majority of Americans want to see common sense gun legislation, the NRA and the GOP do not. People and corporations are taking on the NRA and demanding change in the wake the February 14th Parkland Florida shooting at a school named after conservationist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. However, the real heroes of this story are the students themselves.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Event - Sustainability Action in Turbulent Times

This Action Lab event will take place on Wednesday, 14 March 2018 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT) at the St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, London, United Kingdom.

At this event you will find like-minded sustainability professionals taking part in an action-packed evening of meaningful conversations, idea generation and professional skill building. In true form for The Action Lab, expect immersive learning and speed networking through thought-provoking activities and valuable dialogue. All this at our awesome venue - The Bedouin Tent, in the heart of the city with drinks and canapes included in your ticket price.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Webinar - Women and Sustainability: Your Green Career Audit

This free online event will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 3 pm (15:00). Your Green Career Audit is a one hour long webinar by Rhian Sherrington, Executive & Career Coach, Founder, Women in Sustainability.

Where exactly ARE you right now in your 'green career'? Do you know what you simply must have in your working life in order to enjoy a fulfilling and meaningful career? Gain clarity and perspective by particpating in this powerful training derived from Envision Circle Group Coaching Programme.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Remembering Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school is now synonymous with a Valentines Day massacre, however, the school in Parkland Florida was named after a leading figure in the history of American conservationism. Marjory was a writer best known for her Everglades conservation advocacy. Marjory helped people to understand that the well being of humanity is inextricably linked to the health of the environment. One of her critics described her as having both "moral authority" and a tongue like a "switchblade".

The core of Marjory's enduring legacy is her stalwart defense of the Everglades. Over the period of many decades, she succeeded in fighting off development efforts in the Everglades. She galvanized people in defense of what she described as an ecosystem worth protecting. If it were not for her, the Everglades may very well have been drained and developed. Consequently, she has earned the appellation of "Grand Dame of the Everglades".

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Women are the Key to a More Sustainable Future

The importance of women to the future of our species goes way beyond their procreative power.  Female leadership is better leadership and this augurs a better world.

Women's Day is an opportunity to advocate for true equality and to share the evidence revealing why women are the more sustainable sex. Empowering them is good for people, the planet and profits. If we want to move forward we need to unambiguously assign blame. Women's rights are human rights and men that deny these rights need to be called out.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Panel Discussion - Women: Key to Sustainability’

Women: Key to Sustainabiltiy will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Avogadro’s Number (605 S Mason Street Fort Collins, Colorado 80524.

This Managing the Planet panel discussion will address the powerful contribution women are making towards sustainable development. It will make the point that the pressing challenges facing humanity today and issues from poverty to climate change can be mitigated through the empowerment and education of women. There is a growing awareness that women are a force in decisions from the local to the global level; they provide knowledge that draws attention to health care, education and discriminatory policies where balance serves as a prerequisite for sustainable development. The panel of scientists will provide insight on how women are forging the path toward environmental stewardship, social justice, and equal economic opportunity.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Corporate America Resists Trump and Embraces Sustainability

Corporations have the power to resist the most powerful office in the land and they are beginning to bring that power to bear. They are tackling some of the most urgent problems of our times including pressing social issues and daunting environmental threats.

Climate concerns are at the leading edge of resistance to Trump and corporations are at the forefront. Sustainability leaders are coming to understand that they cannot afford to ignore the elephant in the room they must resist. In the era of Trump sustainability matters more than ever. There are a large and growing number of companies that are making the case against Trump by taking sustainability to new heights. Sustainability is both a bulwark against this administration and a pro-social form of protest that refutes much of what Trump stands for.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Event - Citizens' Climate Lobby

The 9th Annual Citizens’ Climate International Conference & Lobby Day will take place on June 10-12, 2018 at the Omni Shoreham 2500 Calvert Street NW (Red Line – Woodley Park) Washington, DC 20008. In the face of political divisiveness, the Citizens' Climate Lobby is bringing Republicans and Democrats together. In the face of uncertainty and distraction, they will maintain a laser-like focus on their goal.

Everyone from brand new CCL volunteers to seasoned citizen lobbyists will receive special training on how to communicate about climate change and climate solutions.

Event - She is Still Sustainable (SiSS)

The She is Still Sustainable (SiSS) event will take place on March 27-28 2018, in Central London, near Liverpool Street station. This lunchtime-to-lunchtime event will offer networking, workshops, and panels. There will also be a Forum for the Future’s Sara Parkin OBE, Solitaire Townsend (author of The Happy Hero), Becky Willis (former Deputy Chair of the Sustainable Development Commission), Sophie Banks (Transition Towns’ Inner Transition) and dozens of other fabulous women.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Exxon Oil Deal with Russia Falls Through

Despite the Trump administration's efforts, the half trillion dollar Exxon oil deal with Russia has finally succumbed to sanctions.

There is evidence to suggest that the fossil fuel venture may have been the financial impetus behind Russian interference in the US election in 2016. It is an incontrovertible fact that the Russian government used their resources to support the candidacy of Donald Trump. There are good reasons to believe that this deal may have played a role in this extraordinary breach of US sovereignty that some have called an act of war on a par with Pearl Harbor.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Corporate America Versus the NRA

Leading American businesses are going toe to toe with the National Rifle Association (NRA). Corporate America is heeding the call for change in the wake of the shooting that killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida.

More than 20 companies have severed their ties with the NRA because the gun advocacy group refuses to consider common sense solutions. The NRA controversy is unfolding against the backdrop of a changing landscape where it may no longer possible for companies to remain neutral.