Inspire https://business-spirit.news/ en 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/1015.jpg?itok=8r65QGCm" 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. June</div> Mon, 20 Jun 2022 13:02:26 +0000 Szilvia Szabó 230 at https://business-spirit.news Making cities human and kind https://business-spirit.news/news/making-cities-human-and-kind <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Making cities human and kind</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/making-cities-human-and-kind" data-a2a-title="Making cities human and kind"><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/city" hreflang="en">City</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/sustainable-city" hreflang="en">Sustainable City</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/urban-planning" hreflang="en">Urban Planning</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/sustainable-city" hreflang="en">Sustainable City</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 alt="Making cities human and kind" title="Making cities human and kind" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/1013.jpg?itok=Kb-G2XK6" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">&quot;Cities are hubs for change, places where we dream, discuss, live, grow, and work.&quot; Lior Steinberg, urban planner, shares insights on how to transform city life to be more human and kind.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2981 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--2982 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><em>Expert opinion by Lior Steinberg</em>,</p> <p>co-founder of <a href="https://www.humankind.city/" target="_blank">Humankind</a>, an agency for urban change based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.</p> <hr /> <p>I believe that places that encourage positive connections between people and the environment are humane and kind.</p> <p>For example, streets prioritising car movement are not human and kind since they do not allow residents and visitors to interact, relax, and socialise.</p> <p>Additionally, it excludes many groups who cannot or will not own a car. On the other hand, a street designed with space for pedestrians, cyclists, transit, benches, trees, interesting shops, and meeting places is human and kind.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2985 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--2983 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/1014.jpg" width="615" height="410" 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">Lior Steinberg, urban planner and co-founder of Humankind agency</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--2984 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>I co-founded Humankind, an agency for urban change based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to make cities more human and kind to ourselves, others and our planet. If we create human and kind cities, we create sustainable presents and better futures where we can live a good life together.</p> <p>We provide cities, organisations and changemakers with human-powered data and insights to make sense of the present, creative tools to start shaping the future today and share our knowledge so anyone can be a city maker.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2986 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>Cities are complex systems created and experienced by equally complex beings.</p> </blockquote> <p>To make them better, we need better insights. Although we have the data, the real challenge is the lack of connections and interpretation. Local governments and municipalities collect and store a lot of data about their cities. In practice, they often struggle to translate this data into meaningful, actionable insights for improving quality of life.</p> <p>The idea behind our human-powered data approach is to rethink how we collect and analyse data about our cities. The most important thing is to make sure that we are asking the right questions.</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-2988"> <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--2987 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>For instance, instead of measuring the number of cars passing in a street, maybe we can measure the comfort of street users?</p> <p>Instead of mapping all playgrounds in the city, could we measure the playfulness of streets and public spaces, regardless of whether they are defined as an official playgrounds?</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2989 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>We strive to create better public spaces by combining spatial analysis with system and trend research. Our <strong>Good Public Space</strong> concept is a humble attempt to capture all the great qualities of public spaces in a simple, affordable, and scalable way.</p> <p>We acknowledge that "Good" can mean different things to different people, but research shows that most people view pleasant interactions with other humans and nature as positive. Therefore, there is a need to analyse whether places are designed to encourage such interactions. Additionally, we observe how people behave in the space.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2990 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Many companies are often too focused on one discipline, whether they are architects, urban planners, or engineers. In order to create great cities for people, you must approach the city from a multidisciplinary perspective.</p> <blockquote> <p>Cities can spend years discussing possible changes with residents, or they can try it and see if it works.</p> </blockquote> <p>One of our unique projects is offering a ‘<a href="https://www.humankind.city/future-imagination" target="_blank">Daytrip to the Future</a>’, allowing participants to imagine a better future. Instead of forecasting or trying to predict the future, we translate future possibilities into present-day choices.</p> <p>Using tactical urbanism - low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment - we help cities try different designs and schemes. For instance, making a street pedestrian-only for the summer or installing a pop-up bike lane instead of a parking lane.</p> <p>Having an authentic experience and not just theoretical ideas can be more powerful, leading to better decisions. You can do something as simple as finding the perfect place to set up a bench or as complex as rethinking an entire traffic circulation plan.</p> <p>To me, it is all about improving our public spaces and streets and creating places that make people smile.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Ronald Cuyan, <a href="https://unsplash.com/" target="_blank">Unsplash</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2991 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <hr /> <p>This content was originally published in the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/profit-with-purpose-magazine" target="_blank">Profit with Purpose Magazine</a>.</p> <p>Read more insights on making cities sustainable and inclusive in the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/city-next-summer-2022" target="_blank">Summer 2022 edition</a> of the magazine<a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/city-next-summer-2022" target="_blank"> &gt;&gt;&gt;</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. June</div> Mon, 20 Jun 2022 10:49:28 +0000 Anonymous 229 at https://business-spirit.news Building the largest community of 'City Changers' https://business-spirit.news/news/building-the-largest-community-of-city-changers <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Building the largest community of 'City Changers'</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/building-the-largest-community-of-city-changers" data-a2a-title="Building the largest community of &#039;City Changers&#039;"><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/sustainable-city" hreflang="en">Sustainable City</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/city" hreflang="en">City</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/smart-city" hreflang="en">Smart City</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/sustainable-city" hreflang="en">Sustainable City</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 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="Building the largest community of &amp;#039;City Changers&amp;#039;" title="Building the largest community of &amp;#039;City Changers&amp;#039;" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/998.jpg?itok=Epihnc6r" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Gerald-Babel Sutter, Founder of Urban Future, the largest gathering for ‘City Changers’ shares how to bring together thinkers and doers to shape our cities.</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. May</div> Fri, 27 May 2022 12:47:24 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 227 at https://business-spirit.news Cities to stand together in solidarity for Ukraine https://business-spirit.news/news/cities-to-stand-together-in-solidarity-for-ukraine <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Cities to stand together in solidarity for Ukraine</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/cities-to-stand-together-in-solidarity-for-ukraine" data-a2a-title="Cities to stand together in solidarity for Ukraine"><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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class="field--item"><a href="/topic/collaboration" hreflang="en">Collaboration</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 alt="Cities to stand together in solidarity for Ukraine" title="Cities to stand together in solidarity for Ukraine" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/988.jpg?itok=N_QbM7hN" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Cities across Europe are called to organise gatherings in front of city halls to unite people in sharing moments of solidarity for Ukraine.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2927 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--2928 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><a href="https://eurocities.eu/" target="_blank">Eurocities</a>, a network of larger European cities with over 200 members representing 38 countries and its people, is launching an initiative that invites cities to share a moment of solidarity on Saturday, 12 March.</p> <p>Organisers are calling on cities to organise small or big gatherings in front of city halls across Europe on that day to express their support to those suffering due to the Russian military offensive targeting Ukraine.</p> <p>President of Eurocities and Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, appeals to all mayors and cities to ‘link arms, or share a moment in front of or around our city halls.’</p> <p>Addressing Eurocities members, Nardella added:</p> <blockquote> <p>“City diplomacy breaks borders. Through networks like Eurocities, and through our city twinnings, we have built strong relationships. We know and trust each other. We have respect. When we offer solidarity, it is genuine and heartfelt.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2931 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--2929 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The cities of Bologna, Braga, Florence, Milan, Marseille, Nice, Rotterdam, as well as Rome have already answered the call and joined the movement.</p> <p>One of the frontrunners to express solidarity is Dublin city. They are putting up lamppost banners and using digital panels across the city in the colour of blue and yellow of the Ukraine national flag as part of their preparation for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Festival on 17 March.</p> <p>To unify the voices of European cities, the ‘shared moment of solidarity for Ukraine’ campaign asks everyone participating or wanting to join in any format to share their pictures on social media channels using the <em>#CitiesWithUkraine</em> hashtag.</p> <blockquote> <p>“We can do this at the time that works best for each of us on Saturday 12 March, and I ask you to share your images on social media,”</p> </blockquote> <p>says Nardella.</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--2930 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/989.jpg" width="543" height="724" 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">Digital panels across Dublin city expressing solidarity for Ukraine; Image: Mary Mac Sweeney</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2932 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Both cities and people are invited to join regardless of whether or not the city is a Eurocities member and encouraged to use visuals provided by organisers on their <a href="https://eurocities.eu/" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <p>To boost the impact of each action, Eurocities will collect and share all city actions from their network in the week of 14 March.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Simone Hutsch on <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/eXBqaHUt994" target="_blank">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">2022. March</div> Thu, 10 Mar 2022 19:15:16 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 223 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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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/climate-change" hreflang="en">Climate Change</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/climate-crisis" hreflang="en">Climate Crisis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/women" hreflang="en">Women</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/gender-equality" hreflang="en">Gender Equality</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-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 Changemaker pop quiz with Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert https://business-spirit.news/news/changemaker-pop-quiz-with-vojtech-vosecky-circular-economy-expert <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Changemaker pop quiz with Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/changemaker-pop-quiz-with-vojtech-vosecky-circular-economy-expert" data-a2a-title="Changemaker pop quiz with Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert"><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/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/changemaker" hreflang="en">Changemaker</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/interview" hreflang="en">Interview</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/business" hreflang="en">Business</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/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</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="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Changemaker pop quiz with Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert" title="Changemaker pop quiz with Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/978.jpg?itok=oztDprax" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Thoughts on transforming cities, mindsets and making change happen on the field to mainstream Circular Economy.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2888 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--2889 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">Changemaker Profile</p> <p><strong>Name:</strong> Vojtěch Vosecký</p> <p><strong>Field of work:</strong> Circular Economy</p> <p><strong>Roles:</strong> Associate at <a href="https://www.circle-economy.com/" target="_blank">Circle Economy</a>; Chairman of the Circular Economy Steering Committee at the City of Prague; Co-founder of Institute of Circular Economy</p> <hr /> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2890 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">Personal motivation</p> <p>I have always been shocked by how wasteful our society is.</p> <p>I have also wondered how we can have a good quality of life without ruining our planet. We will be 10 billion people in the next 30 years, and we are already seeing the extreme impacts our society has on the local and global ecosystems. I think that a circular economy is one of the essential tools to solve climate change. Back then, when I was still studying, I had this lightbulb moment when I realised that I would spend the rest of my life working with the concept.</p> <p class="font-subtitle">Experiencing change</p> <p>Ten or even five years ago, the Circular Economy was a niche concept. Many people on a corporate or governmental level have never heard about it, not to mention average citizens. We have spent a lot of time explaining the concept, the benefits and the needs.</p> <p>Today, the discussion is very different.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2893 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--2891 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Circular Economy is becoming mainstream, and there is tremendous momentum, myriad of solutions, startups, local and governmental initiatives, or jobs opening for circular economy specialists.</p> <blockquote> <p>It is hard to point a finger on why it has changed, but I think that the EU had a lot to do with its <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/environment/strategy/circular-economy-action-plan_en" target="_blank">Circular Economy Action Plans </a>and directives that followed.</p> </blockquote> <p>This has set a new and very attractive vision for the whole continent. As the concept matured, it was as if both the business and environmental movements got a new source of inspiration that was appealing from both perspectives. I think a lot of people feel like this has been missing in the debate around climate change.</p> <p>And of course, as the discussion about climate change also advanced, and Circular Economy successfully piggybacked on the whole movement.</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--2892 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/979.jpg" width="2177" height="3000" 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">Vojtěch Vosecký, Circular Economy expert</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2894 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">What is missing?</p> <p>Circular Economy is definitely not the new business as usual yet - maybe in sustainability departments of cities, governments and companies, but not in your average local food store. Buckminster Fuller once said that to change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. We still have a long way to go before we make the linear Economy obsolete. Still, we are starting to see a number of disruptive changes, especially in the mobility and retail sectors.</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-2896"> <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--2895 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>It sounds like a cliché, but regulation needs to keep up with the latest trends. It is hard to create products and services that are more durable, repairable, recyclable, and at a competitive price.</p> <p>Linear Economy is still thriving because we were not able to properly account for negative externalities, such as carbon footprint, material toxicity, or the social aspects of global supply chains.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2897 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">Biggest hope</p> <p>I hope the Circular Economy movement will manage to redefine the discussion about purpose and growth and start producing and promoting inherently sustainable solutions.</p> <blockquote> <p>But I am also concerned that the Circular Economy community is avoiding the inconvenient truth about unsustainable consumption.</p> </blockquote> <p>We keep promoting countries like Sweden, Denmark, and The Netherlands as sustainability pioneers, yet if everyone lived like Denmark, we would need five planets to sustain our needs.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2898 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">What inspires you?</p> <p>I love the stories that keep popping up on a city level. For example, in Prague, we have made tremendous progress. I'm passionate about transforming the city of Prague to become a genuine inspiration for adopting Circular Economy principles.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2901 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--2899 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/980.jpg" width="1008" height="567" 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">One of the projects Vosecký is passionate about is transforming the city of Prague to become a leading exampe of adopting Circular Economy. 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--2900 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>My favourite story is about the food systems. Food waste prevention campaigns and collection schemes enable us to put valuable nutrients back to the farms in and around Prague. Waste collection trucks can run on the bioCNG, which we will produce from digesting the biomass collected in the city. Farmers now have to abide by eco-certified principles while managing the 500 hectares owned by the town. We have seen a positive spike in biodiversity, amongst other indicators.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2902 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Schools are starting to procure locally sourced and sustainably produced food for children, combined with awareness-raising campaigns. The number of urban farms is also increasing. And it is all part of the same story – closing the biomass loop on a local level.</p> <p class="font-subtitle">Plans for the future</p> <p>I want to keep doing what I am doing: Helping Prague be a regional leader in Circular Economy, advocating for the concept in various venues while supporting the Nordics in becoming a true leader in Circular Economy together with Circle Economy.</p> <p>But the distant plan would be to keep my eyes open for a truly disruptive and scalable circular economy solution available to the whole world. Once I find the right people with the same ideas, I will get to work with the same passion as always.</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-2904"> <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--2903 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Read the full interview with more insights in the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/winter-2021-22-edition" target="_blank">Winter 2021/22 issue </a>of the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/profit-with-purpose-magazine" target="_blank">Profit with Purpose Magazine &gt;&gt;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </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. February</div> Tue, 08 Feb 2022 12:12:01 +0000 Anonymous 219 at https://business-spirit.news Environmental leaders received prestigious UNEP Champions of the Earth awards https://business-spirit.news/news/environmental-leaders-received-prestigious-unep-champions-of-the-earth-awards <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Environmental leaders received prestigious UNEP Champions of the Earth awards</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/environmental-leaders-received-prestigious-unep-champions-of-the-earth-awards" data-a2a-title="Environmental leaders received prestigious UNEP Champions of the Earth awards"><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" 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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/unep" hreflang="en">UNEP</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/award" hreflang="en">Award</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/environment" hreflang="en">Environment</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/awards" hreflang="en">Awards</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="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Environmental leaders received prestigious UNEP Champions of the Earth awards" title="Environmental leaders received prestigious UNEP Champions of the Earth awards" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/960.jpg?itok=fg7_RxOO" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">2021 Laureates of the Champions of the Earth have been announced in four categories, receiving the United Nations’ highest environmental honours for their work.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2833 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--2834 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The annual <a href="https://www.unep.org" target="_blank">Champions of the Earth awards</a>, hosted by the <a href="https://www.unep.org" target="_blank">UN Environment Programme</a> (UNEP) since 2005, were handed to exceptional leaders who have a transformative impact on the environment and represent bold leadership in taking action on behalf of people and the planet.</p> <p>Awardees in 2021 were chosen from a record number of nominations in four categories: Inspiration and Action, Policy Leadership, Entrepreneurial Vision, and Science and Innovation.</p> <p>“As we enter into a decisive decade, to cut emissions and protect and restore ecosystems, UNEP’s Champions of the Earth demonstrate that all of us can contribute. Every single act for nature counts. The entire spectrum of humanity has both a global responsibility and a profound opportunity,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP.</p> <p>Andersen highlighted that this year’s Champions are women who ‘not only inspire us, but also remind us that we have in our hands the solutions, the knowledge and the technology to limit climate change and avoid ecological collapse’.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2835 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">2021 Champions of the Earth:</p> <p><strong>Policy Leadership category - <a href="https://www.unep.org/championsofearth/laureates/2021/mia-mottley" target="_blank">Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados </a></strong></p> <p>Awarded for her powerful voice for a sustainable world from the global south, she consistently raises the alarm about the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States due to the climate crises.</p> <p>The Prime Minister is a driving force for climate action across the Latin American and Caribbean region. Under her leadership, Barbados has adopted ambitious renewable energy targets, committing to a fossil-fuel-free electricity sector and transport by 2030.</p> <p>At the same time, Barbados is implementing numerous conservation and restoration projects, from forests, through cities, to the coastline and the ocean.</p> <p>She also co-chairs the <a href="https://www.who.int/groups/one-health-global-leaders-group-on-antimicrobial-resistance" target="_blank">One Health Global Leaders' Group on Antimicrobial Resistance</a>.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2839 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><strong>Inspiration and Action category - <a href="https://www.unep.org/championsofearth/laureates/2021/sea-women-melanesia" target="_blank">The Sea Women of Melanesia </a></strong></p> <p>The award goes to this organisation in recognition for their work in training local women to monitor and assess the impacts of widespread coral bleaching on some of the world's most endangered reefs using marine science and technology.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2838 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--2836 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“When you train a woman, you train a society,” said Evangelista Apelis, a SeaWoman and co-director of the SeaWomen programme based in Papua New Guinea.</p> <p>“We're trying to educate women, get women on board, so they can then go back and make an impact in their own families and their society as well."</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--2837 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/961.jpg" width="1400" height="630" 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">Inspiration and Action category winner of the Champions of the Earth: The Sea Women of Melanesia</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2840 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><strong>Science and Innovation category - <a href="https://www.unep.org/championsofearth/laureates/2021/gladys-kalema" target="_blank">Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Uganda</a> </strong></p> <p>She was the first-ever wildlife veterinarian of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, and is a recognised world authority on primates and zoonotic diseases.</p> <p>As the founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), she leads the implementation of three integrated strategic programs using the ‘One Health’ approach. Kalema-Zikusoka, says that she hopes she will inspire young Africans to choose careers in conservation.</p> <p>“There is a lack of local representation among conservationists. Not many are from the places where endangered animals are found,” she said. “We need more local champions, because these are the people who will become decision-makers for their communities and countries.”</p> <p><strong>Entrepreneurial Vision category - <a href="https://www.unep.org/championsofearth/laureates/2021/maria-kolesnikova" target="_blank">Maria Kolesnikova, Kyrgyz Republic</a> </strong></p> <p>She is an environmental activist, youth advocate and head of MoveGreen, an organisation working to monitor and improve air quality in Central Asia.</p> <p>Under her leadership, the organisation developed an app called AQ.kg, which collects data every 20 minutes from the two largest Kyrgyz cities, Bishkek and Osh, about the concentration of pollutants in the air, including PM2.5, and PM10 and nitrogen dioxide.</p> <p>“So often, you can get demotivated as an activist – you work so hard, don't see results of your endeavors and, finally, you feel like you don’t want to keep going. But then you realise, no. Someone has to take responsibility for the future. Why shouldn’t it be me?” Kolesnikova says about what drives her to make change.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2843 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--2841"> <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/eLj_hMOUHKc?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">Meet the Champions of the Earth 2021</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--2842 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The Champions of the Earth award aims to amplify the impact of leaders working on the environmental frontlines and inspire others to take action in addressing the triple planetary crisis.</p> <p>The honour goes to individuals, groups, and organisations whose actions have a transformative impact on the environment and recognises outstanding leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2844 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This year’s award reflects on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which runs until 2030, coinciding with the deadline for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://www.pexels.com/@evgeny-tchebotarev-1058775?utm_content=attributionCopyText&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pexels">Evgeny Tchebotarev</a> from <a href="https://www.pexels.com/photo/photo-of-mountain-under-cloudy-sky-4101555/?utm_content=attributionCopyText&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pexels">Pexels</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. December</div> Wed, 15 Dec 2021 16:03:51 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 212 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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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 Irish charity and community sector calls for action in pandemic recovery https://business-spirit.news/news/irish-charity-and-community-sector-calls-for-action-in-pandemic-recovery <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Irish charity and community sector calls for action in pandemic recovery</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/irish-charity-and-community-sector-calls-for-action-in-pandemic-recovery" data-a2a-title="Irish charity and community sector calls for action in pandemic recovery"><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" 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</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/non-profit" hreflang="en">Non-profit</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/campaign" hreflang="en">Campaign</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</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 alt="Irish charity and community sector calls for action in pandemic recovery" title="Irish charity and community sector calls for action in pandemic recovery" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/910.jpg?itok=2FFk0duh" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">A public awareness campaign was launched to promote the value and impact of the charity and community sector in Ireland.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2773 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--2774 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Charities and community groups in Ireland have come together to launch the <a href="https://www.weact.ie/" target="_blank">We Act</a> national campaign to put community recovery in the spotlight for the Covid-19 aftermath and promote the value and impact of this sector nationwide.</p> <p>The public awareness campaign was launched on 27th October, revealing the results of a survey conducted in March 2021 amongst 1000 people aiming to gain insights on the perceptions, experience and understanding of the charity and community sector.</p> <p>“The Covid-19 crisis brought a renewed public focus on the work of our sector. From support lines for older people to laptops for children in emergency accommodation, when we saw a need in our communities, we responded to it.</p> <blockquote> <p>The pandemic demonstrated that – in times of real need – charities and community groups are at the forefront of our national response,”</p> </blockquote> <p>said Sarah Monaghan, We Act spokesperson and Campaigns Manager at <a href="https://www.wheel.ie/" target="_blank">The Wheel</a>, Ireland’s national association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2777 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--2775 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/911.jpg" width="800" height="476" 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">Launch of the We Act campaign in Ireland to promote the value and impact of the charity and community sector. Image: Naoise Culhane</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--2776 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>There are 34,000 organisations in this sector, employing almost 165,000 people and further 1 million volunteers.</p> <p>Considering the sector's weight, organisers hope to bridge the gap between some of the views raised in the research and create awareness of the value and impact of charities and community groups in Ireland.</p> <p>Some of the key findings of the public survey:</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2778 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li>70% of people believe the lives of people in their communities would be impacted if charities disappeared overnight. Still, just 8% believe they interacted with a charity or community group in the past year.</li> <li>62% think charities are more likely to be responsive in their services than the public sector, but only 54% think the staff in the charity sector should be paid similarly to those in the public sector.</li> <li>70% believe an organisation dealing with homelessness is a charity, while only 8% think an arts organisation is a charity. In reality, both can be charities.</li> <li>Over 40% believe those who serve on charity boards are paid a salary. But, in fact, charity board members are unpaid volunteers, and the Charities Regulator stipulates explicitly that board members cannot accept a salary for their role.</li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>The report also found that the public very highly trusts charities and community groups as they were the third most trusted institution in Ireland after schools and An Garda Síochána.</p> </blockquote> <p>While 73% of the public trust charities and community groups in general, this drops to just 60% for large organisations compared to 78% for small organisations.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2781 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--2779 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/912.jpg" width="502" height="700" 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 We Act campaign will run over the next three years. Image: Naoise Culhane</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--2780 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Monaghan adds to the survey results: “We saw a shift in values towards equality, justice and supports for the most vulnerable in our communities and across the globe. Now, there needs to be a concentrated effort to ensure the innovation, goodwill and community cohesion continues as we recover from the pandemic.”</p> <p>The We Act campaign will run over the next three years to address the challenges uncovered in the research.</p> <p>The main focus in these years will be to support the growth of vibrant and sustainable community life and strengthen the charity and community sector while encouraging more members of the public to engage and participate by volunteering, working, and donating.</p> <p>The campaign is funded through a grant from RTÉ Does Comic Relief that is distributed by <a href="https://www.communityfoundation.ie/" target="_blank">The Community Foundation for Ireland</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2782 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation for Ireland, said, “The Community Foundation for Ireland works with and supports more than 5,000 voluntary, community and charitable organisations.</p> <blockquote> <p>There are a million stories of the positive impact they have on families, homes and individuals across Ireland, often out of public view.</p> </blockquote> <p>We want to see more people working and staying in the sector, more people volunteering and engaging at a community level, more people knowing what services are out there should they need them, and more people feeling part of something positive and bigger than themselves.”</p> <p>A coalition of charities and community groups, led by Boardmatch, Charities Institute Ireland, the Disability Federation of Ireland, Dóchas, The Wheel and Volunteer Ireland, manages the <a href="https://www.weact.ie/" target="_blank">We Act campaign</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Naoise Culhane, Photographer</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. October</div> Fri, 29 Oct 2021 16:17:38 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 207 at https://business-spirit.news