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field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/climate-action" hreflang="en">Climate Action</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/entrepreneurship" hreflang="en">Entrepreneurship</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/course" hreflang="en">Course</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Why do ambitious changemakers upskill in Climate Entrepreneurship?" title="Why do ambitious changemakers upskill in Climate Entrepreneurship?" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/1046.jpg?itok=QLybJw22" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Choosing a trailblazer postgraduate course focusing on climate action is becoming a top choice for innovators wanting to make a positive impact in Ireland.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3092 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3093 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The first course of its kind, the <a href="https://hubs.la/Q01jBzCK0" target="_blank">Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Entrepreneurship</a> hosted by <a href="https://www.tcd.ie/tangent/" target="_blank">Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workplace</a> in Dublin, offers students a hands-on learning experience to tackle climate change with an entrepreneurial mindset.</p> <p>Applications are currently open <strong>until the 16th of August</strong> for this part-time, blended learning experience delivered in person and online, with teaching lessons held two evenings per week.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3096 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3094 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This unique course was developed in collaboration with the <a href="https://naturalscience.tcd.ie/" target="_blank">School of Natural Sciences</a> at <a href="https://www.tcd.ie/" target="_blank">Trinity College Dublin</a> and is now kicking off for a second year to equip participants with knowledge and tools to handle both the opportunities and challenges arising from the climate emergency.</p> <p>Professor Quentin Crowley, Course Director and the Director of Trinity College’s Centre for the Environment, speaks about who the programme is suitable for:</p> <p>“A key aspect of the course is that it is very multidisciplinary because climate change is very systemic and is not something that will be solved with one solution.</p> <blockquote> <p>We need different actors, sectors, and thinkers, so regardless of your background, we encourage you to apply.”</p> </blockquote> <p>The course aims to provide an integrated approach to preparing students for the opportunities and challenges emerging from the climate crisis.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3095 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/1048.jpg" width="431" height="574" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Professor Quentin Crowley, Climate Entrepreneurship Course Director at Tangent, Trinity College Dublin</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-3099"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3098 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>All those who wish to turn their climate action ambitions into reality can develop their lateral and critical thinking skills in this course, enabling them to take innovative approaches across numerous fields.</p> <p>Graduates will have the creative confidence to transform ideas into solutions.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3102 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3100 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Shanna May Breen, a past student from the first intake, shares why she decided to apply for the Climate Entrepreneurship programme:</p> <p>“I’m a creative, my background is in theatre making. Around four and a half years ago, I became quite worrisome in terms of climate issues. I started developing projects that looked at climate to make that intelligible for me."</p> <p>Shanna took her idea even further and developed a business called Tree Zero.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3101 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/1049.jpg" width="560" height="374" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Shanna May Breen, graduated from the first Postgraduate Climate Entrepreneurship course.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3103 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>"I’m not only a Climate Artist now, but I’m also a Climate Entrepreneur.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Since the course’s completion, she has been developing this product alongside Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers programme with top sustainable European designers.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-3105"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3104 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The course is best suited to those who want to actively address climate change and equip themselves with the creative confidence and innovation skills to transform their ideas into solutions.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3106 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The content covered in the classes is centred around three main modules, including systems innovation for positive climate action, entrepreneurship opportunities in climate adaptation and mitigation, and climate enterprise development.</p> <p>Caithriona McCarthy, another graduate of the course, speaks about why she decided to join: “For the last 10 years, I’ve been teaching sustainable horticulture and sustainable agriculture in the west of Ireland."</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3109 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3107 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/1050.jpg" width="548" height="198" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Participating in the Climate Entrepreneurship course helped Caithriona McCarthy to design a climate education programme for children. Image: Edible Landscape Project</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3108 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>"As a result of doing the Climate Entrepreneurship course, we were able to better communicate our message,” McCarthy adds.</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3110 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>She quickly adopted her learning, and by the time Caithriona finished the course, she had designed a climate education programme for children focusing on system thinking with her team.</p> <p>Joining the Climate Entrepreneurship course will help students be better prepared to reduce the future social and economic costs of the climate crisis while encouraging communities, businesses, and individuals to play their part.</p> <p>Caithriona also highlights the added value of working in teams:</p> <blockquote> <p>“I think the group work was brilliant because we were so motivated and that made us work well with each other. I’ve stayed in touch with groups I’ve worked with and bounced ideas off them too.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3111 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Those on the programme benefit from access to leading academics and a world-class entrepreneurial community as well as exclusive networking opportunities with regular guest talks by industry leaders, masterclasses, and events.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-3113"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3112 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>About the content, Shanna May Breen adds: :</p> <p>“I think the course is so interesting that you are eager to log on and meet up each evening.</p> <p>It was a very active course to participate in, and I would do it again in a heartbeat."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3114 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="https://hubs.la/Q01jBzCK0" target="_blank">Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Entrepreneurship</a> will begin in September 2022 and runs until March 2023.</p> <p>Springboard+ covers 100% of course fees for eligible, unemployed applicants, and those who are employed pay just 10% fees at €375 for a level 9 qualification from Ireland’s leading university.</p> <p>You can learn more and submit your application<a href="https://hubs.la/Q01jBzCK0" target="_blank"> </a><a href="https://www.tcd.ie/tangent/education/postgraduate/climate-entrepreneurship/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2022. August</div> Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:21:41 +0000 Bronagh Loughlin 238 at https://business-spirit.news What makes changing the world so difficult? https://business-spirit.news/news/what-makes-changing-the-world-so-difficult <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>What makes changing the world so difficult? </span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/what-makes-changing-the-world-so-difficult" data-a2a-title="What makes changing the world so difficult? 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" title="What makes changing the world so difficult? " class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/1034.png?itok=cmb_Tfd2" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Despite having the evidence and realising the need for change to address the grand societal challenges of our time, it is still not happening at the pace and scale you would expect. But why?</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3049 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3050 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>You can put together a long list of why making change happen is difficult. It is complex and requires more data, discussions, planning, resources, and so on.</p> <p>But one of the simplest and most overlooked reasons is that in order to change the world, we need to first change on a personal level. And this is more complicated than it sounds.</p> <p>Before even moving forward to explore the nature of change, we should take a step back to understand the term better. Based on the definition of Addison-Wesley (1991), <strong>Change is situational</strong>, like a new boss, a new team role, a new policy. While <strong>Transition is the psychological process</strong> people go through to come to terms with the new situation. Change is external, transition is internal.</p> <blockquote> <p>Therefore, whenever we are talking about personal change, we need to look at the process of transition.</p> </blockquote> <p>We deal with infinite changes throughout our lifetime, which can be great or small, anticipated or unforeseen. Whether positive or negative, any transition may mean a period of adjustment. Accepting the new reality is even more difficult if it is unexpected or out of our control.</p> <p>The whole process is problematic because it is a loss of the familiar, and our initial reaction can be one of shock and resistance.</p> <p>In order to understand how people react to change over a period of time, we can draw on the expertise of the Scott and Jaffe Change Grid Model. Cynthia Scott and Dennis Jaffe developed this model and first introduced it in their article, ‘Survive and Thrive in Times of Change’ in 1988. The model, which has been attributed to psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ Five Stages of Grief Model, shows a progression of four stages as people react to change.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3051 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/1035.png" width="927" height="550" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">There are different emotional reactions to each stages of processing change.</div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3052 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The reason for drawing a parallel between change and grief is because letting go of the old is experienced as a form of grieving. Another element to add to the mix of why it is challenging to start change.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-3054"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3053 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The first stage of this model is <strong>Denial</strong>, which can take the form of ignoring the change, downplaying it or acting as if it will never happen.</p> <p>The next stage, <strong>Resistance</strong>, is driven by fear of loss. In this phase, feelings of anger, bitterness and frustration will abound. People will resist moving forward as they don’t believe there is anything to gain from making a change.</p> <p>Eventually, this is followed by the <strong>Exploration </strong>phase, when we have accepted that the change is unavoidable and new methods are finally explored.</p> <p>Finally, the <strong>Commitment </strong>stage is characterised by a focus on the future and a pledge to the new mode of living/operating.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3055 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The above mentioned original concept developed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in the 1960’ has been adopted and further elaborated by change management practitioners to help leaders manage people while introducing changes in organisations.</p> <p>The seven-phase transition or change curve is a valuable tool in the hands of modern leaders if they aim to deliver change, create a new status quo and engage their team along the way. This model can also be a powerful tool in understanding the ignorance and resistance to change regarding climate action.</p> <blockquote> <p>Rather than blaming people for their inaction, we can look at ways to help them overcome the challenges associated with the different stages of transition.</p> </blockquote> <p>Since the first humans walked the earth, we as a race have been adapting to and evolving to suit and shape our surroundings. Modern humans survived because we developed a unique combination of physical and behavioural characteristics, many of which other early human species also possessed, though not to the same degree.</p> <p>As we mourn the many losses of the pandemic and face the uncertainty of the climate crisis, it’s natural to fear further upheaval or change.</p> <p>However, whether we want it or not, change is the only constant and living a full life means accepting the challenges along with the celebrations.</p> <p>Challenges offer opportunities for greater connections and growth; from that new vantage point, we can re-evaluate where we want to go.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2022. June</div> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:02:24 +0000 Sinead Connolly 234 at https://business-spirit.news Short film to amplify the voices of women in climate negotiations https://business-spirit.news/news/short-film-to-amplify-the-voices-of-women-in-climate-negotiations <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Short film to amplify the voices of women in climate negotiations</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/short-film-to-amplify-the-voices-of-women-in-climate-negotiations" data-a2a-title="Short film to amplify the voices of women in climate negotiations"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" 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field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/gender-equality" hreflang="en">Gender Equality</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Short film to amplify the voices of women in climate negotiations" title="Short film to amplify the voices of women in climate negotiations" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/985.jpg?itok=TM9pSrd7" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Campaign organisation ‘SHE Changes Climate’ has released a video highlighting the need for gender-balanced climate negotiations to mark International Women’s Day.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2911 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2912 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Activist not-for-profit ‘<a href="https://www.shechangesclimate.org/" target="_blank">SHE Changes Climate</a>’ has launched a short film to raise awareness about gender inequality in addressing the climate crises and inspire action to get more women at the top decision-making level.</p> <p>Producers hope to amplify the missing voice of women in climate negotiations by featuring eight influential female climate change-makers.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2915 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2913 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Campaign organisers say that research shows that women are most likely to drive climate initiatives.</p> <p>Yet, they are still not represented adequately at climate negotiations.</p> <p>One of the female leaders appearing in the short film, Atossa Soltani, Director of the Sacred Headwaters Initiative, describes her experience with climate action:</p> <p>“When I look at the forest protection movement, when I look at community organisations, when I look at amazing projects that are helping protect forests, the vast majority are led by women.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2914 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/986.jpg" width="685" height="484" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Atossa Soltani, Director of the Sacred Headwaters Initiative; Image: SHE Changes Climate</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2916 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>According to a United Nation’s report, women are disproportionately suffering from the impacts of climate change, and 80% of people displaced by climate crises are also women.</p> <p>“The climate crisis affects us all, yet the perspectives on, and decisions about how to tackle the crisis have been made mainly by men,” says Bianca Pitt, Co-Founder of SHE Changes Climate.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Enough is enough. Women must be represented in climate negotiations.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2919 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2917"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z8HqzmlF_-4?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Official trailer - SHE Changes Climate</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2918 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Campaigners call on world leaders to implement the Gender Action Plan from COP25 Climate Conference and deliver on their commitment to promote gender equality in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process.</p> <p>“When more women are elected to parliament, stronger environmental bills are passed and they’re enforced more strongly, more strictly,” Joycelyn Longdon, Founder of Climate in Colour, explains the importance of gender-balanced decision making.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2920 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The film, created by Earth Minutes and Visionary Pictures and sponsored by <a href="https://clim8invest.com/" target="_blank">Clim8 Invest</a> is available to watch for free on <a href="https://join.waterbear.com/" target="_blank">WaterBear</a>, a streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet.</p> <p>The movement behind the film is empowered by SHE Changes Climate, a global non-profit organisation that seeks to bring awareness to the crucial role of women in accelerating just climate action.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: SHE Changes Climate, featuring Joycelyn Longdon, Founder of Climate in Colour.</span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2022. March</div> Tue, 08 Mar 2022 14:13:00 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 221 at https://business-spirit.news Where are the women from the COP26 climate conference? https://business-spirit.news/news/where-are-the-women-from-the-cop26-climate-conference <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Where are the women from the COP26 climate conference?</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/where-are-the-women-from-the-cop26-climate-conference" data-a2a-title="Where are the women from the COP26 climate conference?"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a 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field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/climate-conference" hreflang="en">Climate Conference</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/cop26" hreflang="en">COP26</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/gender-equality" hreflang="en">Gender Equality</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Collaboration" title="Collaboration" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/53.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Where are the women from the COP26 climate conference?" title="Where are the women from the COP26 climate conference?" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/927.jpeg?itok=qrDNgSMh" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The SHE Changes Climate activist campaign calls for 50:50 gender balance in all climate decision making, highlighting that only 16% of the COP26 UK Leadership team are women.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2795 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2796 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="https://www.shechangesclimate.org/" target="_blank">SHE Changes Climate</a> activist campaign revealed that only 16% of the <a href="https://ukcop26.org/" target="_blank">COP26 Climate Conference</a> Leadership team are women and calls for change to have at least a 50% representation of diverse women at their top levels, now and in the future.</p> <p>The movement aims to bring inclusiveness and diversity to the COP26 negotiations and all future discussions on climate change.</p> <p>To achieve that, they have launched the #5050Vision campaign, calling for all parties to be represented in decision-making because it affects all parties.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2799 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2797 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>We caught up with Co-Founder and Co-Conspirator Antoinette Vermilye to learn more about their plans to achieve their 50:50 vision.</p> <p>Antoinette shares more about the SHE Changes Climate movement: “It is a campaign that firstly targets the UK as the host country of this year’s COP to bring an equal representation of women to its leadership team.</p> <p>This time a year ago, there were zero women on it. Less than 50 days before COP26, we only had three women comprising 25% of the top-level team.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2798 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/917.jpg" width="567" height="456" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Antoinette Vermilye, Co-Founder and Co-Conspirator of the She Changes Climate campaign</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2800 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>We are demanding more diversity and inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability to the COP26 negotiations.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2804 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Organisers are inviting people to join the campaign online by using a <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n9ye7fDGju0nbAPtf9kIQKP5VsYhXINz/view" target="_blank">digital toolkit</a> and supporting the cause through a <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/where-are-the-women-in-climate-change-leadership?member=14664565&amp;sharetype=teams&amp;utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=customer" target="_blank">GoFundMe page</a>.</p> <p>On 9th November they will held a SHE Changes Climate Day, presenting  live panels and interviews at The Pipe Factory, in the art district of Glasgow.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2803 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2801 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/918.png" width="562" height="562" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2802 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Antoinette explains why it is crucial to address the lack of representation in this and any future COP and propose solutions:</p> <p>“Generally, male-dominated perspectives lean towards decisions made through a narrow lens that tends to be more economical and technological biased rather than leveraging the wisdom of indigenous peoples and nature-based solutions.</p> <p>We are actively excluding the perspectives of the majority of stakeholders, such as gender, youth, diversity groups.</p> <p>Doesn't it make sense to have all parties bringing their own experience, expertise, and perspectives to the ingredients of a solution?”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2805 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>According to the 2021 <a href="https://www.weforum.org/reports/ab6795a1-960c-42b2-b3d5-587eccda6023/in-full" target="_blank">World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap</a> report, it will take 145.5 years to attain gender parity in politics globally if don't take action.</p> <p>Antoinette explains further: “Women are on the frontline of climate change, often portrayed as victims, usually due to socio-economic conditions that are defined by a patriarchal society. Despite bearing the brunt of climate change consequences, women display remarkable resilience and resourcefulness.</p> <blockquote> <p>But women are not being given a chance to speak or demonstrate their perspectives. They are systematically underrepresented at all levels of decision making."</p> </blockquote> <p>It has been estimated that advancing gender equality could add $12 trillion to the global economy.</p> <p>Women disproportionately suffer the impacts of disasters, severe weather events, and climate change because of cultural norms and the inequitable distribution of roles, resources, and power, especially in developing countries.</p> <p>A UNDP report showed that “80% of people displaced by climate crises are women".</p> <p>Founders of SHE Changes Climate believe that for all life to survive on this planet, we need a balanced representation of all humankind; making crucial decisions about our future, the future of our children and the future of every living thing on this planet.</p> <p>They are committed to ensuring women - across a broad spectrum of ethnicity, class, disability, age, etc - are in these roles to make the crucial decisions to save humanity.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2808 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2807 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/919.png" width="637" height="636" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2806 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>SHE Changes Climate was founded in late 2020 by Antoinette Vermilye, Bianca Pitt and Elise Buckle, with the aim to bring diversity and inclusiveness, transparency and accountability to the COP negotiations on Climate Change.</p> <p>They started out in December 2020, by sending an open letter to the UK Government, calling on them for greater accountability and transparency on male/female parity on the UK COP26 leadership team.</p> <p>The letter has been supported by over 450 male and female environmental leaders and gained significant visibility for the topic.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2809 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <hr /> <p>Read a full interview with Antoinette Vermilye from SHE Changes Climate in the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="commerce_product" data-entity-uuid="060fe439-4d69-44d1-aff7-980d47c93465" href="/shop/make-change-happen-winter-2021-22" target="_blank" title="Make Change Happen - Winter 2021/22">Winter 2021/22 </a>edition of the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/profit-with-purpose-magazine" target="_blank">Profit with Purpose Magazine &gt;&gt;</a></p> <hr /> <p> </p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. 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people!” – says the dinosaur to save humanity from extinction while delivering climate message" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/913.png?itok=qQnZ3vCh" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The UN&#039;s new short film features a dinosaur with global celebrities urging world leaders to take climate action.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2783 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2784 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="https://www.undp.org/" target="_blank">United Nations Development Programme</a> (UNDP) is taking an unprecedented turn in the history of climate crisis communication by bringing a talking dinosaur to speak up at the United Nations’ headquarters, urging global leaders to scale up climate actions.</p> <p>His main message ‘Don’t choose Extinction’ is part of the numerous efforts the UN is taking to make the upcoming COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow matter and force leaders to commit to more ambitious climate actions.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2787 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2785 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In their new ‘<a href="https://dontchooseextinction.com/en/" target="_blank">Don’t Choose Extinction</a>’ campaign, a velociraptor, a figure well-known from the Jurassic Park Hollywood movie, bursts into the iconic UN General Assembly Hall, famous for history-making speeches by leaders from around the world.</p> <p>The dinosaur starts delivering a speech to a shocked audience, filled with influential decision-makers and diplomats, telling that “it’s time humans stopped making excuses and started making changes” to address the climate crisis.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2786"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VaTgTiUhEJg?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign by UN to raise awareness about the climate crisis.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2788 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>“At least we had an asteroid. What’s your excuse?”</p> </blockquote> <p>the dino continues with a warning, referring to the popular theory explaining the extinction of dinosaurs 70 million years ago.</p> <p>Frankie, the speaking dinosaur, goes on to highlight how financial support for fossil fuels through subsidies is irrational in the face of a changing climate.</p> <blockquote> <p>‘The film is fun and engaging, but the issues it speaks to could not be more serious,”</p> </blockquote> <p>said Ulrika Modéer, Head of UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy.</p> <p>UNDP research released as part of the campaign shows that the world spends an astounding US $423 billion annually to subsidise fossil fuels for consumers – oil, electricity generated by burning other fossil fuels, gas, and coal.</p> <p>To put the amount into perspective, with this money, every person in the world could easily get the COVID-19 vaccinations or pay three times the annual amount needed to eradicate extreme global poverty.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2791 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2789 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/914.png" width="820" height="312" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Frankie, the dinosaur, is urging global leaders to scale up climate actions.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2790 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>To better distribute the message, global celebrities are voicing the dinosaur in numerous languages, including actor Jack Black in the English version and other actors like Eiza González (Spanish), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish), and Aïssa Maïga (French).</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2792 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This first-ever film to be made inside the UN General Assembly using computer-generated imagery (CGI) alongside the communication campaign hope to make it easier to understand the somewhat complex issue of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and climate emergency.</p> <p>Modéer adds:</p> <blockquote> <p>“The UN Secretary-General has called the climate crisis a ‘code red for humanity.’ We want the film to entertain, but we also want to raise awareness of just how critical the situation is. The world must step up on climate action if we are to succeed in keeping our planet safe for future generations.”</p> </blockquote> <p>The public is invited to take action as well, and the campaign aims to educate people while giving them the chance to make their voices heard.</p> <p>While we are facing devastating climate predictions, the ‘Don’t Choose Extinction” campaign emphasises that this is not inevitable.</p> <p>If we join forces, we still have a shot at limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees and avoiding a catastrophic scenario.</p> <p>Creating the short film and bringing Frankie, the dinosaur, alive is an example of how collaboration can raise awareness about the climate crisis and inspire change.</p> <p>The production involved Activista Los Angeles (a multiple-award-winning creative agency), David Litt (US President Barack Obama’s speechwriter) and Framestore (the creative studio behind James Bond, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers End Game).</p> <p>The digital ecosystem that empowers people to take action as part of the campaign was built by Wunderman Thompson.</p> <p>In addition, Mindpool produced a collective intelligence engagement tool for the online platform.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.pvblic.org/" target="_blank">PVBLIC Foundation</a>, an innovative non-profit organisation, provides strategic communications and media support for the campaign.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. October</div> Sun, 31 Oct 2021 16:15:20 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 208 at https://business-spirit.news World Water Week calls for massive transformation to address pressing global water issues https://business-spirit.news/news/world-water-week-calls-for-massive-transformation-to-address-pressing-global-water-issues <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>World Water Week calls for massive transformation to address pressing global water issues</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/world-water-week-calls-for-massive-transformation-to-address-pressing-global-water-issues" data-a2a-title="World Water Week calls for massive transformation to address pressing global water issues"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" 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src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/826.jpg?itok=C3MQ3fF6" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">‘Building Resilience Faster’ is the central theme of the leading annual conference on global water issues.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2595 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2596 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The leading annual conference on global water issues, <a href="https://worldwaterweek.org/" target="_blank">World Water Week</a>, is held 23-27 August as a free, online event focusing on the theme Building Resilience Faster.</p> <p>Top 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</div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2599 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2597 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/827.jpg" width="322" height="429" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">According to experts, freshwater is one of the nine planetary boundaries that should not be crossed. Image: Pexels</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2598 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In his keynote, Professor Johan Rockström from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research described how humans are dangerously altering Earth’s life support systems.</p> <p>One example is how human activity is linked to climate change and loss of biodiversity that also impacts freshwater.</p> <blockquote> <p>Rockström and his team have identified freshwater as one of the nine planetary boundaries that should not be crossed.</p> </blockquote> <p>“Freshwater must be integrated within the climate agenda,” Rockström said.</p> <p>“We must first meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, but then transform towards a safer future within planetary boundaries.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2600 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Highlights of the Week include the royal award ceremonies for the prestigious <a href="https://www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmwaterprize/" target="_blank">Stockholm Water Prize</a> and <a href="https://www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmjuniorwaterprize/" target="_blank">Stockholm Junior Water Prize</a>, which is honouring individuals and organizations for extraordinary water-related achievements.</p> <p>Sandra Postel received the Stockholm Water Prize 2021 for her long and outstanding work to make sense of complex water-related issues.</p> <p>Postel was one of the firsts to warn of a global water crisis in the early ’90s and to call for the conservation of water-based ecosystems.</p> <p>She keeps inspiring decision-makers to find new solutions to water scarcity, climate change and biodiversity loss.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2603 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2601 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>“Water is the basis of life – and it is finite.</p> </blockquote> <p>Figuring out how to meet humanity’s needs for water while enabling freshwater ecosystems to thrive is now an existential challenge because those ecosystems support the web of life to which humanity belongs.</p> <p>We can all play a part in rising to this challenge,” said Postel on being awarded the Stockholm Water Prize 2021.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2602"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-vimeo video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/527282611?autoplay=0"></iframe> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Sandra Postel received the Stockholm Water Prize 2021</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2604 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The World Water Week is hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) that aims to strengthen water governance for a just, prosperous, and sustainable future.</p> <p>The Institute focuses on a range of research and development topics within and around water that supports decision-makers worldwide.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/_h_weGa3eGo" target="_blank">Abigail Keenan, Unsplash</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. August</div> Sun, 22 Aug 2021 11:40:11 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 190 at https://business-spirit.news How can carbon offsetting fix climate and communities at one go? https://business-spirit.news/news/how-can-carbon-offsetting-fix-climate-and-communities-at-one-go <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>How can carbon offsetting fix climate and communities at one go?</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/how-can-carbon-offsetting-fix-climate-and-communities-at-one-go" data-a2a-title="How can carbon offsetting fix climate and communities at one go?"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/carbon-management" hreflang="en">Carbon Management</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/carbon-offsetting" hreflang="en">Carbon Offsetting</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/carbon-emission" hreflang="en">Carbon Emission</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/carbon-footprint" hreflang="en">Carbon Footprint</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/climate-action" hreflang="en">Climate Action</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/carbon-management" hreflang="en">Carbon Management</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="How can carbon offsetting fix climate and communities at one go?" title="How can carbon offsetting fix climate and communities at one go?" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/814.jpg?itok=R9VY1SC-" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Creating &#039;climate smart communities&#039; while cutting back on carbon emissions proved a viable model to tackle the climate crisis.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2566 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2567 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Carbon offsetting enables individuals and organisations to reduce their carbon footprint by purchasing verified carbon credits, which essentially means investing in offsetting projects that independent third parties manage and monitor.</p> <p>Renewable energy, bio-diversity protection, community projects, clean water, and improved cookstoves are examples of offsetting projects offered by various organisations that reduce emissions and transform communities worldwide.</p> <p>“It’s a global issue,” explains Ciara Feehely, Head of Communications and Fundraising at <a href="https://vita.ie/" target="_blank">Vita</a>, an Irish NGO that is in the business of creating sustainable, climate smart livelihoods with rural communities in East Africa.</p> <blockquote> <p>“It doesn’t matter where you take that tonne of carbon out of the atmosphere. Every time you buy a carbon offset, you have a global impact.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2570 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2568 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Empowering the people of East Africa through community-led development based on equality and sustainability, and tackling climate change by transitioning to renewable energy and leveraging existing resources, has been the driving force behind Vita’s work.</p> <p>“The woman is at the centre of all our programs and always has been,” explains Feehely.</p> <p>“Relieving her burden is important. A woman can spend 16-30 hours a week gathering sticks for a fire, to cook food and sanitise water.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2569 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/812.jpg" width="875" height="584" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Creating climate smart communities in East Africa is the main focus of Vita Ireland. Image: Vita Ireland</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2571 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Working in Ethiopia and Eritrea for the last twenty years, Vita knew how critical fuel-efficient stoves and access to clean water are to the quality of life while positively impacting the climate and the environment.</p> <p class="font-subtitle">Monetising carbon savings</p> <p>With that in mind, they launched the <a href="https://vita.ie/vgif/" target="_blank">Vita Green Impact Fund</a> in 2015 to monetise carbon emissions savings to benefit the local community and the environment.</p> <blockquote> <p>The focus of this social impact investment vehicle was on balancing economic development and climate justice.</p> </blockquote> <p>Vita’s investors were looking for environmental and social impact, along with the security of verifiable carbon emissions savings, independently accredited by <a href="https://www.goldstandard.org/" target="_blank">The Gold Standard</a>.</p> <p>They raised €2 million for the Fund and used the investment to finance water programs and supply homes in East Africa with fuel-efficient stoves.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2574 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“We reached 311,000 people with clean water or clean cooking,” explained Feehely.</p> <p>“With the €2 million that we spent, we actually generated 2 million carbon offsets.</p> <p>It’s a very cost-effective model because there is no commercial leakage since we retain the ownership right up until the point of sale.”</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2573"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2572 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Vita was able to repay their investors with a modest return and invested the profit back into the community that had generated the carbon offsets in the first place.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2575 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Following on from the success of their pilot scheme, they are currently raising €27.5 million to reach at least 4 million people with life enhancing and climate mitigating initiatives.</p> <p class="font-subtitle">Empowering women</p> <p>One of Vita’s most critical carbon offsetting and community programs is the repair of broken water pumps.</p> <p>Water pumps installed in the ’80s and ’90s had fallen into disrepair, and with no access to materials or parts, villagers were unable to fix them.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2578 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2576 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/813.jpg" width="570" height="858" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Efficient cooking and access to clean water can help reducing carbon emission and improve quality of life. Image: Vita Ireland</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2577 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Local access to clean water reduces the need for women and children to walks miles to find water, and most crucially, eliminates the need to resort to sharing water sources with animals.</p> <p>Without access to clean water, the dirty water must be boiled to sterilise it.</p> <p>This typically means a lot of firewood is required as fuel for the stove, which leads to mass deforestation.</p> <p>The need to cut down trees for fuel can be reduced by making clean water available, thus putting less strain on the local environment.</p> <p>Saving trees has an immediate impact on the atmosphere, a fully grown tree absorbs anywhere between 10 and 50kg of CO2 on average per year.</p> <p>Another of Vita’s flagship offsetting programs was the introduction of fuel-efficient stoves.</p> <p>Open stoves in cooking are an inefficient and dangerous activity that emits tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere every year.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2579 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Those who operate open stoves often suffer health implications relating to the eyes, heart and lungs.</p> <p>Using modernised versions results in a reduction of approximately 50% of carbon emissions compared to the traditional stone stoves.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2580 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">Looking into the future</p> <p>To makes sure that these are not stand-alone actions they also run sustainable forestry programmes in tandem with their development projects.</p> <p>For example, each recipient of a fuel-efficient stove will get some saplings.</p> <p>These are grown on a plantation in the village, and local women are taught how to manage the trees sustainably to ensure reduced carbon emissions and better energy security for all of the community.</p> <p>Feehely believes that greenwashing is no longer an option because of increased regulation and transparency.</p> <p>“It’s going to be expensive to be an emitter in the future, even for big organisations.</p> <p>Creating carbon and damaging the planet is going to cost your business money, and it’s going to detract from your brand.”</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://vita.ie/" target="_blank">Vita Ireland</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. 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href="/tag/eu-commission" hreflang="en">EU Commission</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/eu-green-deal" hreflang="en">EU Green Deal</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Collaboration" title="Collaboration" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/53.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Smart city" title="Smart city" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/244.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="EU Green Deal climate package set out to fundamentally change lives and businesses until 2030" title="EU Green Deal climate package set out to fundamentally change lives and businesses until 2030" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/724.png?itok=xJYsKy-z" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Making Europe the world&#039;s first climate-neutral continent is the primary goal of the recently introduced EU Commission proposal package.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2179 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2180 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The European Commission adopted a package of proposals on 14 July to apply significant changes in the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies to cut net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.</p> <p>The goal is to make Europe the world's first climate-neutral continent until 2050 by <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal/delivering-european-green-deal_en" target="_blank">embracing the European Green Deal</a> in the next decade.</p> <p>The proposal introduced by the European Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the recently adopted <a href="https://business-spirit.news/news/achieving-a-climate-neutral-eu-by-2050-becomes-a-legal-obligation-to-all-member-states" target="_blank">European Climate Law</a>.</p> <p>These changes aim to fundamentally transform the European economy and society to create a fair, green and prosperous future.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2183 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2181"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rQbcSBz-FFM?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The European Commission on delivering the European Green Deal</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2182 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said:</p> <p>“The fossil fuel economy has reached its limits.</p> <p>We want to leave the next generation a healthy planet as well as good jobs and growth that does not hurt our nature.</p> <p>The European Green Deal is our growth strategy that is moving towards a decarbonised economy.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2184 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>Europe was the first continent to declare to be climate neutral in 2050, and now we are the very first ones to put a concrete roadmap on the table.</p> </blockquote> <p>Europe walks the talk on climate policies through innovation, investment and social compensation.”</p> <p>The package introduces a comprehensive and interconnected set of proposals that will enable the necessary acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reductions until 2030.</p> <p>The specific targets are a combination of new strategies applied in various sectors.</p> <p>Plans are mainly focusing on emissions trading to new sectors and a tightening of the existing EU Emissions Trading System; increased use of renewable energy; greater energy efficiency; a faster roll-out of low emission transport modes and the infrastructure and fuels to support them; an alignment of taxation policies with the European Green Deal objectives; measures to prevent carbon leakage; and tools to preserve and grow our natural carbon sinks.</p> <p>What to expect as part of the new plans:</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2187 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2185 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li>The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) puts a price on carbon and lowers the cap on emissions from specific economic sectors every year. The Commission proposal aims to reduce the overall emission cap further and increase its annual rate of reduction. This would mean to phase out free emission allowances for aviation and include shipping emissions for the first time in the EU ETS. Besides, a separate new emissions trading system is set up for fuel distribution for road transport and buildings. The Commission also proposes to increase the size of the Innovation and Modernisation Funds.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2186 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/725.jpg" width="825" height="534" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Phasing out free emission allowances for aviation is part of the EU Green Deal proposal; Image: John McArthur, Unsplash</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2188 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li>Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.</li> <li>The<a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/effort-sharing-regulation_en" target="_blank"> Effort Sharing Regulation</a> assigns strengthened emissions reduction targets to each Member State for buildings, road and domestic maritime transport, agriculture, waste and small industries.</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2191 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2189 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/726.jpg" width="621" height="409" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors; Image:Randy Fath, Unsplash</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2190 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li>Member States also share responsibility for removing carbon from the atmosphere, so the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/revision-regulation-inclusion-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-removals-land-use-land-use-change-and-forestry_en" target="_blank">Regulation on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture</a> sets an overall EU target for carbon removals by natural sinks, equivalent to 310 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. National targets will require Member States to care for and expand their carbon sinks to meet this target. By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors, including also agricultural non-CO2 emissions, such as those from fertiliser use and livestock.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2192 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/amendment-regulation-setting-co2-emission-standards-cars-and-vans_en" target="_blank">Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans</a> will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring the average emissions of new cars to come down by 55% from 2030 and 100% from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. <strong>As a result, all new vehicles registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission. </strong>To ensure that drivers can charge or fuel their cars at a reliable network across Europe, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation will require Member States to expand charging capacity as well.</li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>This will require charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling.</p> </blockquote> <ul> <li>The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires that aircraft and ships have access to clean electricity supply in major ports and airports. The <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/refueleu-aviation-sustainable-aviation-fuels_en" target="_blank">ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative</a> will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports.</li> <li>A revision of the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/revision-energy-tax-directive_en" target="_blank">Energy Taxation Directive</a> proposes to align the taxation of energy products with EU energy and climate policies, promoting clean technologies and removing outdated exemptions and reduced rates that currently encourage the use of fossil fuels.</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2194"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2193 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>A new <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/carbon-border-adjustment-mechanism_en" target="_blank">Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism</a> will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products to ensure that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to ‘carbon leakage'.</p> <p>Instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe, this regulation will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline.</p> <p>It also aims to encourage industry leaders outside the EU and international partners to take steps in the same direction.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2195 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Sharing responsibility evenly across different sectors and Member States, and providing additional support where appropriate is critical in making these changes happen.</p> <blockquote> <p>A new Social Climate Fund was also proposed to ensure a fair social transition and provide dedicated funding to Member States.</p> </blockquote> <p>This support would help citizens finance investments in energy efficiency, new heating and cooling systems, and cleaner mobility.</p> <p>The Social Climate Fund will provide €72.2 billion of funding to Member States, for the period 2025-2032; with a proposal to draw on matching Member State funding, the Fund would mobilise €144.4 billion for a socially fair transition.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2196 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>Together, our proposals will spur the necessary changes, enable all citizens to experience the benefits of climate action as soon as possible, and provide support to the most vulnerable households. Europe's transition will be fair, green and competitive,”</p> </blockquote> <p>said Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal about the new proposal package.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/kNgDbdFbx68" target="_blank">Paul Hanaoka, Unsplash</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. July</div> Thu, 15 Jul 2021 16:29:46 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 164 at https://business-spirit.news Achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050 becomes a legal obligation to all member states https://business-spirit.news/news/achieving-a-climate-neutral-eu-by-2050-becomes-a-legal-obligation-to-all-member-states <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050 becomes a legal obligation to all member states</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/achieving-a-climate-neutral-eu-by-2050-becomes-a-legal-obligation-to-all-member-states" data-a2a-title="Achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050 becomes a legal obligation to all member states"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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<div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/european-union" hreflang="en">European Union</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/carbon-management" hreflang="en">Carbon Management</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/eu" hreflang="en">EU</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/law" hreflang="en">Law</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/carbon-emission" hreflang="en">Carbon Emission</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Smart city" title="Smart city" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/244.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050 becomes a legal obligation to all member states" title="Achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050 becomes a legal obligation to all member states" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/663.jpg?itok=b2Gg4mid" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Newly adopted European climate law is entering into force, ensuring climate neutrality in the EU in alignment with the Paris Agreement.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2112 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2113 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The European Council ended the European climate law's adoption procedure and set into legislation the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050.</p> <p>This step transforms the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en" target="_blank">European Green Deal</a>’s political commitment to EU climate neutrality by 2050 into a binding obligation, which means that the EU will aim for negative emissions afterwards.</p> <p>Parliament rapporteur Jytte Guteland (S&amp;D, Sweden) said:</p> <p>“I am proud that we finally have a climate law.</p> <p>We confirmed a net emissions reductions target of at least 55%, closer to 57% by 2030, according to our agreement with the Commission.</p> <p>I would have preferred to go even further, but this is a good deal based on science that will make a big difference.</p> <blockquote> <p>The EU must now reduce emissions more in the next decade than it has in the previous three decades combined, and we have new and more ambitious targets that can inspire more countries to step up.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2123 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2121 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/665.jpg" width="567" height="378" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The new EU climate law is entering into force; image:Unsplash</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2122 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The new law sets a binding Union climate target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions (emissions after deduction of removals) by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.</p> <p>By 30 September 2023, and every five years thereafter, the Commission will assess the collective progress made by all EU countries and the consistency of national measures towards the EU’s goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2115"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2114 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Now that the European climate law has been adopted by both the European Parliament and the Council, citizens and businesses have the legal certainty and predictability they need to plan for this transition.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2116 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Given the importance of independent scientific advice, and based on a proposal from Parliament, a European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change will be set up to monitor progress and to assess whether European policy is consistent with these objectives.</p> <p>In addition, an upcoming proposal from the Commission on the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/forests/lulucf_en" target="_blank">LULUCF Regulation</a> (Land use and forestry regulation for 2021-2030) to regulate GHG emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry, will increase EU carbon sinks and will hence de facto increase the 2030 EU’s target to 57%.</p> <p>At the same time, it will publish a projected indicative Union’s greenhouse gas budget for the period 2030-2050, together with its underlying methodology.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2120 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>“I warmly welcome this final step of the adoption of the EU’s very first climate law, which enshrines into legislation the 2050 climate neutrality objective.</p> </blockquote> <p>An agreement on the European climate law has been a priority for the Portuguese Presidency and I am glad that we have successfully brought it over the finishing line,” said João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment and Climate Action.</p> <p>The Commission plans to present a series of proposals on 14 July 2021 in order for the EU to be able to reach the more ambitious 2030-target.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. July</div> Thu, 01 Jul 2021 17:29:39 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 155 at https://business-spirit.news German climate activist cycles 6,000 km to reduce carbon emission and mobilise people https://business-spirit.news/news/german-climate-activist-cycles-6-000-km-to-reduce-carbon-emission-and-mobilise-people <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>German climate activist cycles 6,000 km to reduce carbon emission and mobilise people</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/german-climate-activist-cycles-6-000-km-to-reduce-carbon-emission-and-mobilise-people" data-a2a-title="German climate activist cycles 6,000 km to reduce carbon emission and mobilise people"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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Change</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/climate-protection" hreflang="en">Climate Protection</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/carbon-emission" hreflang="en">Carbon Emission</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Event" title="Event" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/242.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="German climate activist cycles 6,000 km to reduce carbon emission and mobilise people" title="German climate activist cycles 6,000 km to reduce carbon emission and mobilise people" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/657.jpg?itok=xihyHNoT" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Summer cycling tour will be visiting 200 cities in Germany over 100 days to save tonnes of carbon emission.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2094 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2098 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The initiator of the climate activist campaign ‘<a href="https://www.dieklimawette.de/en/" target="_blank">The Climate Bet</a>’, Dr. Michael Bilharz, is set out to cycle 100 days and cover 6,000 km across Germany this summer to engage people in climate protection.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2097 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2095 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The cycling tour takes place between June 23rd and October 3rd, visiting 200 cities with an emblematic cargo bike.</p> <p>Organisers aim to use the element of fun to show that everyone can contribute to climate protection and save the next ton of CO2.</p> <blockquote> <p>"When working for climate protection, a lot of frustration can accumulate.</p> <p>That's why fun should not be neglected.</p> </blockquote> <p>Sport is exhausting but also fun and healthy.</p> <p>Climate protection is less exhausting than we think, extremely healthy because it safeguards life and can be fun.</p> <p>The Climate Bet summer cycling tour brings it all together,“ says Michael Bilharz, leader of the campaign.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2096 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/658.jpg" width="534" height="790" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Dr. Michael Bilharz, leader of The Cimate Bet activist campaign</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2099 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The campaign aims to demonstrate that citizens do not only demand global responsibility for improved climate protection but are also willing to act.</p> <p>Their goal is to bring the voices of 1 million people and their 1 million tons of saved CO2 to the <a href="https://ukcop26.org/" target="_blank">UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)</a> in Glasgow in November 2021.</p> <p>Bilharz adds: "That's 1.5 per cent of the German population - it can be done, and it would be an impressive sign for climate protection.</p> <p>To do this, we show what possibilities everyone has to save the next ton of CO2 quickly and effectively."</p> <p>The Climate Bet is the most extensive activation and participation campaign of its type for better climate action initiated by the German association '3 fürs Klima e.V.'.</p> <p>Citizens are encouraged to get involved with the summer tour by cycling alongside the Climate Bet team, participating in talks in their own city, and spreading the word about the campaign.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2102 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2100 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/659.jpg" width="856" height="597" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">German cities are called to join The Climate Bet campaign to save carbon emission; Image: The Climate Bet</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2101 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Organisers are also calling on all 200 cities they visit to launch their dedicated municipal Climate Bet actions.</p> <p>They can mobilise their inhabitants and save tons of CO2 in their climate bet.</p> <p>Cities such as Aachen, Haan, Potsdam and Backnang have already joined and started to promote climate protection actions as part of their commitment.</p> <p>People can get involved in two easy ways to show their support by choosing to log their own carbon emission savings on the campaign’s website or donate the equivalent of one tonne CO2 offsetting to certified carbon projects.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2103 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="https://www.dieklimawette.de/en/" target="_blank">website</a> also offers users options to learn more about how to reduce carbon emission in their everyday life in a playful way, using CO2 avatars.</p> <blockquote> <p>"Just save the next ton of CO2 and stop resting on the sofa of all the ‘buts’. That's what the climate bet is all about,“</p> </blockquote> <p>Dr. Michael Bilharz pointed out the importance of personal involvement.</p> <p>The Climate Bet campaign was initiated by the association "<a href="https://www.3fuersklima.de/" target="_blank">3 fürs Klima</a>", which motivates and supports people to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement target’s on an individual level today.</p> <p>The members of the association commit themselves to a climate-neutral life and implement this goal with the 'Triad for the Climate': Reduce one's own carbon footprint, compensate for the rest and finally take others with them on the path to a climate-neutral society in order to increase one's personal handprint.</p> <p>The patron of the campaign is Prof. Dirk Messner, President of the German Federal Environmental Agency.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. June</div> Mon, 28 Jun 2021 10:19:03 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 153 at https://business-spirit.news