Climate Action https://business-spirit.news/ en Can clay help us to counter the heat? https://business-spirit.news/news/can-clay-help-us-to-counter-the-heat <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Can clay help us to counter the heat?</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/can-clay-help-us-to-counter-the-heat" data-a2a-title="Can clay help us to counter the heat?"><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/heatwaves" hreflang="en">Heatwaves</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/responsible-research-and-innovation" hreflang="en">Responsible Research and Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/climate-action" hreflang="en">Climate Action</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/heatwaves" hreflang="en">Heatwaves</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/research" hreflang="en">research</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Research" title="Research" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/243.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="Can clay help us to counter the heat?" title="Can clay help us to counter the heat?" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/1036.jpg?itok=iX9DNHCu" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Heatwaves instantly result in increased use of air conditioning, which already accounts for considerable energy consumption. Is there a better option?</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3056 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Written by</p> <p><em>Ellen Albertsdóttir &amp; Adrian Grist</em></p> <hr /> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3057 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Turning on the air conditioning is the logical response for many to counter the heat.</p> <p>However, it is not just a burden to the environment but also a financial blow to the pocket. It is an issue which prompted architect and researcher Marwa Dabaieh at <a href="https://mau.se/en/" target="_blank">Malmö University in Sweden</a> to develop an eco-cooling system.</p> <p>Air conditioning is the norm in Egypt, where Dabaieh tested her cooling system despite being very expensive to purchase and operate. Another issue in such countries is that many residents live outside the electricity grid.</p> <p>Furthermore, the need for cooling systems will also increase in countries with modest average temperatures as heatwaves become more commonplace, as we are experiencing this already.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3060 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--3058 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/1037.jpg" width="308" height="308" 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">Marwa Dabaieh is a researcher working on the eco-cooling system made out of clay; Docent and associate professor at Malmö University.</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--3059 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>As an expert in sustainable and environmentally conscious architecture, Dabaieh’s innovation relies on a self-assembly concept. This solution aims to keep indoor temperature and humidity low by using traditional ‘shisha funnels’ made of clay to construct a cooling system.</p> <p>The goal is to lower the indoor temperature by 10 °C by combining clay funnels, water, and the natural power of sun and wind.</p> <p>The experimental attempts so far have been promising. In a recently published scientific article, Dabaieh presents a reduction of the indoor temperature by 2 °C during an experiment in Cairo. Since then, she has achieved a decrease of 6 °C.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3061 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The next step for Dabaieh is to continue the development of the sustainable and passive cooling system.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Clay is not expensive, which makes the construction price affordable. But it is expensive to develop the method. I am driven by pure passion for this but still need resources to take the pilot project further.</p> </blockquote> <p>Now I hope to find innovation support that would allow me to scale up the project,” says Dabaieh.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3064 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--3062 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The next step for her is to continue the development of a sustainable and passive cooling system with economical benefits.</p> <p>“Some people, such as pensioners, the unemployed and refugees, cannot afford air conditioning. This means that mortality risks increase when heat waves become more common. Tragically, this happens when it could be resolved by being better prepared,” adds Dabaieh.</p> <p>"This passive eco-cooling solution does not require any extra energy or electricity and can offer a practical solution to enhance the living conditions of low-income populations."</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--3063 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/1038.jpg" width="490" height="368" 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">Using traditional ‘shisha funnels’ made of clay to construct natural cooling systems can help manage extreme heat.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3065 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This project is being developed at the Malmö University, which has close collaboration ties with the <a href="https://socialinnovation.se/" target="_blank">Forum for Social Innovation Sweden</a>, the national knowledge and collaboration platform for social innovation and social enterprise.</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. July</div> Mon, 25 Jul 2022 10:36:29 +0000 Anonymous 235 at https://business-spirit.news Can sustainability be funny? https://business-spirit.news/news/can-sustainability-be-funny <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Can sustainability be funny? </span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/can-sustainability-be-funny" data-a2a-title="Can sustainability be funny? 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" title="Can sustainability be funny? " class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/1039.jpg?itok=mmJARt2_" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Students can enjoy learning about sustainability and social issues by writing comedy scripts at a unique Master&#039;s course in Vienna.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2992 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--2993 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Master students can choose to write comedy scripts on sustainability issues as part of a unique course at the Management Program of the <a href="https://www.wu.ac.at/en/programs/bachelors-programs" target="_blank">Vienna University of Economics and Business</a>.</p> <p>Dr André Martinuzzi, creator and leader of this trailblazer course, shares insights on using the power of humour to help students better understand and deal with complex sustainability topics.</p> <hr /> <p>Environmental protection, social responsibility, and sustainable development are often perceived as killjoys, and young people typically feel pessimistic about their future.</p> <p>When we started looking for new and innovative ways to motivate students to engage with serious sustainability issues, we found that humour might be a promising method. It has the potential to help increase students’ self-motivation and awareness of current sustainability challenges, such as climate change or poverty.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2996 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--2994 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/1016.png" width="500" height="395" 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 André Martinuzzi, Head of the Institute for Managing Sustainability Vienna University of Economics and Business</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--2995 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The idea sparked as I watched late-night comedy shows for quite some time and was very impressed by John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ and Hasan Minhaj’s ‘Patriot Act’. Instead of making fun of daily life or commenting on day-to-day politics, they both explain scientifically challenging subjects in a hilarious way.</p> <blockquote> <p>The more I watched these shows, the more I asked myself if it was possible to give students the task of developing comedy scripts instead of writing seminar papers.</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--2997 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>On this basis, with two assistants, Florian Findler and Angelo Spörk, we designed and continuously improved a course where students use humour by working in a group, creating scripts in the style of late-night comedy. To our knowledge, no one has tried this before.</p> <p>Within the scripts, humour is not used to make fun of serious issues. Instead, it is used to illustrate sustainability challenges in a scientifically sound and easily understandable way while raising awareness.</p> <p>In order to do that, students have to understand the basics of humour and comedy scriptwriting, need the courage to be funny and have the freedom of creativity while dealing with serious and rather complex issues.</p> <blockquote> <p>Many of them tell us that humour helps them communicate better about challenging topics in their peer groups and reach people who would otherwise not be interested in the subject.</p> </blockquote> <p>Students have created scripts that cover various topics such as the Sharing Economy, E-mobility, fast fashion, greenwashing, food waste, supply chains, and smart homes. </p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3003 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--3001 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>A good punchline is surprising and reveals a more profound truth.</p> <p>Therefore, developing good comedy takes expertise because humour is more than just fooling around.</p> <p>Based on the experiences and evaluations of the three courses we already delivered, we learned a few lessons:</p> <ul> <li>Humour is a craft and not a talent, which requires practising.</li> <li>Students better understand a specific topic by writing comedy scripts than by writing standard seminar papers.</li> <li>Humour can be integrated into courses that are not genuinely funny. Students reported that this approach helped them to boost their creativity and imagination.</li> </ul> <p>Our experience has also shown that humour can point out grievances. At the same time, exaggerated characters can make people realise their own unsustainable behaviour or ask the question, 'Do we really want to go there?’.</p> <p>We created a <a href="https://teaching-humor.eu/" target="_blank">dedicated website </a>to share more about our learnings so others can explore options for implementing this method.</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--3002 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/1017.jpg" width="372" height="527" 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">Writing comedy scripts can help young people better engage with sustainability and social issues.. Image: Getty Images</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3004 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Naturally, there are some challenges in integrating this approach into teaching.</p> <p>Teachers may see the use of humour as inappropriate for academic subjects and find it beyond their abilities to support students sufficiently through empowerment and steering. The question also arises if this approach can be used on topics like extinction, climate change, or human rights, which are very serious issues and where urgency could be diluted by humour.</p> <p>Of course, this approach is unsuitable for classes that aim to teach the basics as quickly as possible.</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-3006"> <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--3005 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>For the students, humour can also be a coping strategy to better deal with emotionally stressful issues such as biodiversity loss, human rights violations or climate change.</p> <p>For example, one student said, '<strong>if you don't laugh about it, you should cry</strong>', while another student shared, "humour helps me not to feel powerless, to gain emotional distance and to be able to talk about things that I otherwise tend to repress".</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3000 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Students look forward to this course because it is entirely different from the typical classes at a business school.</p> <p>The course design consists of the following elements:</p> <ul> <li>Students work in groups of 5-6 on major sustainability challenges, such as land use, low-cost airlines, cruise ships, fast fashion, food waste, animal suffering, or bee mortality.</li> <li>Together they carry out brief background research and co-develop a collection of materials on the recent problem, its causes and possible solutions.</li> <li>Simultaneously, they take part in basic improvisation theatre training, gain insight into the building blocks of humour and learn how to develop sketches, jokes and punch lines.</li> <li>Each student group develops the concept for a comedy script, containing an elaborated storyline and first humorous examples.</li> <li>In several rounds of rehearsals and presentations, they receive feedback regarding scientific background, storytelling and humour.</li> <li>Finally, the students give an 8-10 minute performance of their scripts in front of the classroom.</li> </ul> <p>The course has already been implemented three times, received excellent feedback from the students and won the "Best of Austria Award" thanks to its innovative approach.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Getty Images</span></p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3007 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <hr /> <p>This content is a piece of an article originally published in the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/make-change-happen-winter-2021-22" target="_blank">"Make change happen</a>" issue of <a href="https://business-spirit.news/profit-with-purpose-magazine" target="_blank">Profit with Purpose Magazine</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/city-next-summer-2022" target="_blank">Summer 2022 edition</a> of the magazine is focusing on making cities sustainable and inclusive, and is available <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/city-next-summer-2022" target="_blank">here &gt;&gt;&gt;</a></p> <p> </p> <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">2022. 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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-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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href="/tag/cop26" hreflang="en">COP26</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/climate-action" hreflang="en">Climate Action</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/climate-conference" hreflang="en">Climate Conference</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/united-nations" hreflang="en">United Nations</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="„Listen up, people!” – says the dinosaur to save humanity from extinction while delivering climate message" title="„Listen up, 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 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