The base of the pyramid field is ready for the next major step forward. There have been successful enterprise developments that are playing an important role in alleviating poverty, to be sure. But there also is a lack of humility – few are openly discussing the lessons learned and the challenges ahead.
Waste Management’s Sue Briggum talks about how important understanding and discussing environmental justice issues with communities and companies has been for developing their best practices and innovating in the areas of recycling and waste reduction.
Technology businesses are stepping in to fill in the gaps a dismissive government and overwhelmed NGOs cannot close, saving lives in India.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that when participants were given calorie guidance, before eating at McDonald’s where calorie labeling is already available, they consumed no fewer calories than if they were given no calorie advice at all. But is this really the case? Does menu labeling really have no impact on consumer behavior?
President Obama announced his pledge on his recent African visit, to develop 10 GW of electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The move would bring power to 20 million households and businesses for the first time. The development would be of the all-of-the-above variety including everything from oil and gas, to hydro, wind, geothermal and solar. Both on and off-grid would be included as well as transmission infrastructure. Initial investments will be in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Uganda and Mozambique will also receive assistance in developing their oil and gas reserves responsibly.
Innovations aimed at improving life for the low-income population in India could have a big impact, however, they need help with funding, industry knowledge and increasing scale. Mentors and incubators are helpful, but part of a weak mentorship system in India. That’s where innovation accelerators come in.
Environmental Justice is about the intersection of human rights, infrastructure and how people–rich and poor, living in rich or developing countries–equitably and sustainably access the resources and things they need to survive and prosper.
The positive impact that constant digital connectivity may have on our lives has to be weighed against the potential for the overload and anxiety it sometimes causes, too.
President Obama followed up on the promise he made in his State of the Union Address to take action on climate change even if Congress wouldn’t. Specifically, he said, “if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.” So why would Congress be so recalcitrant on an issue of such vital importance as taking action to minimize (it’s too late to avoid) the impact of a crisis that could threaten the existence of civilization as we know it?
Last week, Nickelodeon said it won’t restrict ads for unhealthy food. “As an entertainment company, Nickelodeon’s primary mission is to make the highest quality entertainment content in the world for kids. That is our expertise. We believe strongly that we must leave the science of nutrition to the experts,” the company said.
An independent project aims to remove the veil of secrecy that has cloaked the proposed route of the Keystone XL heavy crude oil pipeline.
Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice has been on the books for 20 years. Yet some communities are still battling environmental legal issues that began decades ago. How do we educate others about the importance of environmental justice and make it relevant to those who have never faced such challenges? We speak with Richard Moore, former executive director of Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice about the value of dialogue and the process of finding common ground.
Although Ben & Jerry’s was sold to the British-Dutch conglomerate Unilever in 2000, their recent step towards manufacturing with GMO-free ingredients solidifies their commitment to their original mission statement which focuses on social initiatives.