People’s Climate March: Being a Part of Something Big

3p Contributor | Sunday September 21st, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: A version of this post was originally published on the EcoPlum blog.

10565046_1454513064799672_5914704337046021387_nBy Gia Machlin

I was born in the ’60s and often think about how crazy that decade was. President John F. Kennedy was killed when my mom was pregnant with me; our good family friend Andrew Goodman was killed in Mississippi right around my birth; Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were both killed when I was 4. It must have seemed like the world was falling apart.

Yet the world changed in significant ways that decade, and many people gained rights and freedoms that allowed them to achieve what they only dreamed of at that time. Today, my family, colleagues and coworkers will be part of something HUGE – something so big that it is reminiscent of the groundswell that was the Civil Rights movement: the People’s Climate March here in New York City.

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SOCAP 14 Interview: Marissa Feinberg, Impact HUB NYC

| Saturday September 20th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This video is part of our ongoing coverage of SOCAP14.  To see the rest please visit our SOCAP 14 page here.

Marissa Feinberg is co-founder of Impact HUB New York, a co-working space founded on a social enterprise mission.  She also talks about how the HUB is structured and how HUB New York will interact with others in the network.

Marissa and her team will also be hosting us on October 2 for Stories & Beer with a focus on the intersection of water and the fashion industry.  RSVP here if you want to come by!

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3p Weekend: 7 Things You Need to Know About the People’s Climate March

Mary Mazzoni
| Friday September 19th, 2014 | 1 Comment

10516849_1457572994493679_8105942018734494795_nWith a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads, and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

On Sunday, more than 100,000 people and 1,400 businesses, schools and other organizations will take to the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March. It’s being billed as “the largest climate march in history.”

You’ve probably seen some details about the march buzzing around your favorite newsfeed, but in case there are any unanswered questions, we’re here to help. To get you in the sign-waving mood, here are five things you need to know about the People’s Climate March before it kicks off on Sunday.

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White House, USDA Give Clean Energy Sector $68m Boost

| Friday September 19th, 2014 | 2 Comments

USDARnwEnCvrFollowing through on President Barack Obama’s plans to combat climate change and boost energy productivity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sept. 18 announced it is providing $68 million in funding for 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around the nation.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding while visiting North Carolina to highlight USDA’s investments in rural renewable energy projects. He emphasized the economic, as well as social and environmental, benefits government support and stimulus is having in the young but fast-growing renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

“These loan guarantees and grants will have far-reaching impacts nationwide, particularly in the rural communities where these projects are located,” Vilsack said. “Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency will continue the unprecedented increase in home-grown energy sources and American energy independence we’ve seen in recent years. This is creating jobs, providing new economic opportunities and leading the way to a more secure energy future.”

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Can the Great Barrier Reef Be Saved?

Michael Kourabas
| Friday September 19th, 2014 | 1 Comment
According to a 2012 report by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the reef has lost over half of its coral in the past quarter-century.

According to a 2012 report by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the reef has lost over half of its coral in the past quarter-century.

In 1981, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Australia’s Great Barrier Reef a World Heritage Site.  Just 25 years later, however, UNESCO warned that climate change and other anthropogenic causes were threatening the reef’’s existence.  In fact, according to a 2012 report by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the reef has lost over half of its coral in the past quarter-century.

Earlier this year, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee noted that conservation efforts at the reef were making some progress, but that significant dangers still remained.  The committee encouraged the Australian government to submit an updated progress report by early 2015, which the committee would consider when determining whether or not the reef deserves placement on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Earlier this week, the Australian and Queensland governments released a draft of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Report, which they hope will allay UNESCO’s concerns.  Critics, however, think bolder action is required.

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Celebrities Line Up for Global Climate Change March

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Jan Lee | Friday September 19th, 2014 | 5 Comments

peoples_climate_marchSome of the world’s top politicians will meet in New York City this week to discuss global temperatures. If they want any proof that climate change is impacting the globe, they only have to look at the map.

The People’s Climate March, which was organized for Sunday, Sept. 21, to coincide with a U.N. climate meeting in New York City this week, is now set to take place in more than a hundred locations across the globe. Host cities range from San Francisco to Alausa Lagos, Nigeria. Even smaller events, designed to reinforce the global nature of concern, have sprung up in cities on every continent.

But, as is often the case, the largest attractor to this cause may be the names that are lending their weight to the march. More than 50 celebrities, from Prince Albert II of Monaco to actors like Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon and Brad Pitt, are stepping up to support the effort — which has garnered the endorsements of more than 1,000 environmental, labor and civil rights organizations.

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Does the G8 Report Miss the Real Heart of Impact Investing?

3p Contributor | Friday September 19th, 2014 | 0 Comments

3863027368_2a0d37f56c_zBy Marta Maretich

We were all waiting for it. Now, at last, it’s here.

The Social Impact Investment Taskforce report hit the media on Sept. 15, provoking a small flood of news stories and reaction pieces from governments, development agencies and third-sector bodies.

At 51 pages (not including the eight individual country reports), The Invisible Heart of Markets is a hefty document in more ways than one. It was authored by group of heavyweights including government ministers and the heads of impact organizations from around the world, led by prominent social finance advocate Sir Ronald Cohen. Its editor, Matthew Bishop, is a respected author and writer for the Economist. Even Pope Francis apparently lends his support to the project with a bullish opening quote.

Everything about the report signals its significance not only to the social investing sector but also to the worlds of finance, philanthropy and public policy, all of which will be touched by its far-reaching recommendations. It gathers together what has been until now a scattered picture of the many strands and branches and offshoots of impact, and brings a practical focus on where we all need to go from here. Accordingly, commentators from various parts of the sector are beginning to weigh in on the report’s ramifications in areas like development, the role of government, the future of philanthropy and even crowdfunding.

All this makes the taskforce report a success. Its ambition, its scope, its polish — not to mention the evident political clout that lies behind it — are further signs that impact has arrived. It is a milestone in the evolution of our sector and its effect will be significant and lasting. Sector watchers (myself included) will be mining its rich content for months to come, as well as tracking the progress toward the goals it dares to lay out.

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Dunkin’ Brands, Krispy Kreme Commit to Sustainable Palm Oil

Gina-Marie Cheeseman
| Friday September 19th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Krispy-Kreme-300x262 Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced its commitment to source only 100 percent sustainable palm oil for its U.S. locations by 2016. Less than a day after Dunkin’s announcement, Krispy Kreme also committed to source 100 percent responsibly produced palm oil.

Dunkin’ Brands will work with its suppliers and its franchisee-owned purchasing cooperatives to source palm oil that’s 100 percent fully traceable to the mill by the end of 2015, and to the plantation by the end of 2016 for its Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. restaurants. By March 1, 2015, Dunkin’ Brands will develop and publish a phased implementation plan.

Dunkin’ Brands will require suppliers to adhere to certain standards, including:

  • No development of high-carbon stock forest and high-conservation areas
  • No burning in preparation of land or in development
  • Progressive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions on existing plantations from all sources
  • No development on peat areas
  • No exploitation of people and communities
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SOCAP14 Interview: Scott Anderson, Nextbillion.net

| Friday September 19th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This video is part of our ongoing coverage of SOCAP14.  To see the rest please visit our SOCAP 14 page here.

Scott Anderson is managing editor of Nextbillion.net, a website and blog bringing together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise.   In this clip Scott talks about his experience at SOCAP14 and the state of social enterprise as well as some new developments at Nextbillion.

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Behind the People’s Climate March: An Interview with 350.org

3p Contributor | Thursday September 18th, 2014 | 12 Comments

10403024_1445264969057815_3950629561011550905_nBy Sanaz Arjomand

Why are an expected 100,000 people hitting the streets of New York City this Sunday? To learn more about the strategic thinking behind the upcoming People’s Climate March, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy sat down with 350.org’s U.S. Campus Field Manager, Jenny Marienau.

This Q&A is an edited excerpt from the National Climate Seminar. Bard CEP’s twice-monthly dial-in conversation features top climate scientists, policymakers and activists. The complete podcast of the interview is available here.

Bard CEP: What planted the seed for the People’s Climate March?

Jenny Marienau: About a year ago, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called a meeting of world leaders to talk about solutions to the climate crisis. The People’s Climate March was planned as a way to take advantage of that national stage to demonstrate the power of the climate movement. We tried to bring together all of the different constituencies involved, to flex the climate movement’s muscle and let it see itself all together, marching in the street.

Bard CEP: How many people are participating?

Marienau: We’re hoping to be one of the largest marches in the climate movement’s history with upwards of 100,000 people participating. All 50 U.S. states will be represented at the march. There are 374 buses and trains listed to come to the march.

The march itself is a project of over 1,100 groups, including faith groups, climate action groups, groups of parents and public interest law centers. They have organized events all around the march as well as the march itself. Because it’s such a broad coalition, there isn’t one ask or one set of demands other than the very broad sentiment: “We want to see climate action now.”

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‘New Climate Economy': Growth via Climate Change Action

| Thursday September 18th, 2014 | 1 Comment

NewClimEconTitle Besides denying that fossil fuel use is rapidly pushing civilization to a climate change tipping point, climate-change deniers contend that the costs associated with making climate change mitigation and adaptation a global priority would stifle economic growth and social development.

In advance of the U.N. Climate Summit and Climate Week NYC, which kicks off on Monday, some have even asserted that the campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a conspiracy aimed at gathering wealth and political power. Some might reply that this is a glaring example of “the pot calling the kettle black.”

Research studies from reputable, independent organizations, such as the landmark Stern Review, have concluded that the costs of inaction greatly outweigh the costs of addressing climate change head-on. A new study commissioned by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate goes further, asserting that growth can not only be achieved, but enhanced, by following pathways that will result in societies that are socially and ecologically, as well as economically, sustainable.

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Millennials and the Growth of Sustainable Investing

3p Contributor | Thursday September 18th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in “The Millennials Perspective” issue of Green Money JournalClick here to view more posts in this series.

BarbaraK-photo By Barbara Krumsiek

During my first week at Calvert Investments as president and CEO in April 1997, I received a desk plant as a congratulatory gift from a former colleague. Seventeen years later, that plant is literally a tree, dominating a special corner of my office. It is a daily reminder of not only my personal journey at Calvert, but also the flourishing of sustainable and responsible investing over the past several decades. What began as a niche approach is more and more a mainstream investment strategy.

As an industry, we undoubtedly play a major role in promoting changes that will help shape a global green economy, add more diversity in the highest echelons of corporate governance and serve as the watchdogs of human rights in the business context.

But as we think about both where we’ve come from and where we’re going next, it’s critical to balance our attention to these major global movements with some of the day-to-day tasks within the industry that are necessary to advance these global objectives.

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SOCAP14 Interview: Will Poole, Unitus Seed Fund

| Thursday September 18th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This video is part of our ongoing coverage of SOCAP14.  To see the rest please visit our SOCAP 14 page here.

Will Poole is the co-founder of Unitus Seed Fund, a $20 million fund based in Bangalore and Seattle that invests in startups serving large, underserved low-income populations.  In this conversation, Will discusses the state of impact investing in India, some of what has made it historically difficult and what’s being done to change that.  Unitus has made a great deal of progress since its inception, and Will shared three recent accomplishments with me:

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Symantec Twitter Chat Recap: “Bridging the Workforce and Diversity Gaps”

Marissa Rosen
| Thursday September 18th, 2014 | 0 Comments

symantec-banner2What could companies do better when it comes to diversity in the workplace, and how can we address the skills gap happening across certain industries like tech?

On Thursday, September 18th, TriplePundit addressed these issues as we hosted “Bridging the Workforce and Diversity Gaps” on Twitter at #diversity.8750275571_5fda61700d_z

We engaged corporate responsibility thought leaders in conversation around affirmative action, gender gaps, transnational human rights issues, and much more.

Symantec panelists included: 

  • Cecily Joseph, VP of Corporate Responsibility & Chief Diversity Officer at Symantec Corporation.
  • Marian Merritt, Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs for Symantec Corporation.

Guests participants included: 

  • Meghan Ennes, Community Coordinator at the Shared Value Initiative.
  • Susan McPherson, passionate cause marketer, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert.

twitter-symantecDuring the course of this hour-long chat, we reached over a million Twitter accounts and generated millions of Twitter impressions across the social media site! Just a few of your distinguished participants included Seth Leitman, David Connor, John Friedman, Milinda Martin, and Henk Campher.

Below is the Storify summary of the conversation on #diversity as it took place. For more information on Symantec’s CSR program, feel free to reach out to Cecily Joseph or Marian Merritt via Twitter.

 

 Image Credit: George A. Spiva Center for the Arts

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G8 Report: Impact Investing Is the ‘Invisible Heart’ of Markets

| Wednesday September 17th, 2014 | 0 Comments

ImpactInvestingG8TitleAdam Smith wrote famously of the “invisible hand” that guides markets toward ends that — wittingly or not — are intended to be broadly beneficial for society as a whole. Much less widely recognized, and even less widely noted, are Smith’s writings regarding the essential role governments play in restraining greed and our basest instincts by establishing the ethics and rules that regulate market practices and a set a level playing field for all who aspire to enter. A recent report from the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force takes the anatomical metaphor one step further.

“The world is on the brink of a revolution in how we solve society’s toughest problems. The force capable of driving this revolution is ‘social impact investing,’ which harnesses entrepreneurship, innovation and capital to power social improvement.” So opens the introduction to Impact investment: The invisible heart of markets, a policy paper produced by the G8’s Social Impact Investment Task Force, which the U.K. established in June 2013 as part of its tenure in the G8 presidency.

Impact investing, as defined by the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force, encompasses those who invest to achieve environmental and broad social, as well as financial, benefit – and it’s growing fast, the task force found. Broadly applicable in developing and developed countries, impact investing is already producing tangible benefits across a wide variety of areas, including reducing criminal recidivism, regenerating communities, broadening financial inclusion, and helping create affordable and supported housing, they highlight.

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