Investing in a Post-Plastic World

April 1, 2022 by  
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Making the switch to a green economy will affect every aspect of our lives. As… The post Investing in a Post-Plastic World appeared first on Earth911.

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Earth911 Podcast: Carbon Collective’s Zach Stein Explains Investing for Zero-Carbon

April 1, 2022 by  
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Zach Stein, co-founder of Carbon Collective, explains how the company’s Climate Index can help investors… The post Earth911 Podcast: Carbon Collective’s Zach Stein Explains Investing for Zero-Carbon appeared first on Earth911.

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Activists protest Biden’s compromised green infrastructure deal

July 7, 2021 by  
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President Biden made big promises about a new, green  infrastructure  plan that would mitigate the effects of climate change. But just six months into his presidency, White House negotiators are already making a deal with senators to backpedal on the big changes necessary to attain climate goals. The new bipartisan deal is going to drastically slow down the transition to a green economy — making it way too slow, according to activists. For example, instead of Biden’s proposed $174 billion for developing the  electric vehicle  market, the new plan allocates $15 billion to electric vehicle infrastructure. Many people aren’t surprised by this reduction, saying it was a long shot that such major climate legislation could ever get through Congress. Many Republicans believe an infrastructure bill should stick to transportation issues without including climate provisions. Related: Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure and green economy plan “We made serious compromises on both ends. … We’ll see what happens in the reconciliation bill and the budget process,”  Biden  said. Young activists from the  Sunrise Movement  aren’t willing to compromise. On June 28, hundreds of them gathered in front of the White House to call for “transformative” climate policy. Missouri Representative Cori Bush and New York Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman joined the protest and spoke on the urgent need to address the  climate  crisis. The activists highlighted the connections between climate action, policing, discrimination and  environmental racism . “They occupy our streets,” Congressman Bowman said at the protest. “They mass incarcerate us, but they leave us food insecure, in transportation deserts, and our buildings and schools falling apart. Fuck that!” Secret Service agents proceeded to arrest several activists for blocking all ten White House entrances. Democrats  are now developing a second attempt to pass Biden’s climate change measures in a separate bill, which might also include programs related to education, healthcare, and child and eldercare. Officials refer to these areas as “human infrastructure.” This bill may pass through a complex budget process known as reconciliation, which would allow it to bypass Republicans. Via The Nation , CNBC Lead image © Ken Schles

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Mattel reveals new Barbie made from recycled ocean-bound plastic

July 7, 2021 by  
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A new collection from toy company Mattel is using Barbie to engage children in supporting a greener future. The Barbie Loves the Ocean line includes three fashion dolls, a playset and accessories made from 90% recycled ocean-bound plastic parts sourced within 50 kilometers of waterways in areas that are lacking formal waste collection systems. In addition, Mattel launched its toy takeback program, PlayBack, which is designed to recover and reuse plastic materials from old toys. Part of the campaign also includes a goal to achieve 95% recycled or Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper and wood materials for the company’s packaging by the end of 2021. Related: LEGO Botanical Collection includes plant-based plastic blocks “This Barbie launch is another addition to Mattel’s growing portfolio of purpose-driven brands that inspire environmental consciousness with our consumer as a key focus,” said Richard Dickson, president and chief operating officer of Mattel. “At Mattel, we empower the next generation to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential. We take this responsibility seriously and are continuing to do our part to ensure kids can inherit a world that’s full of potential, too.” The launch is in line with the company’s goal to achieve 100% recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic in its products and packaging by 2030. Barbie’s popular YouTube vlogger series will integrate a new episode titled “Barbie Shares How We Can All Protect the Planet” that teaches children about ways to take care of the planet with their everyday habits by balancing teachable moments with DIY challenges to help young viewers create an impact. Mattel is also teaming up with 4ocean to create a limited edition 4ocean x Barbie bracelet made with post-consumer recycled materials and assembled by artisans in Bali. Every bracelet sold will fund 4ocean to pull one pound of trash from waterways and contribute educational materials about recycling. + Mattel Images via Mattel

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Exxon lobbyist’s gaffes expose attempts to block climate policies

July 6, 2021 by  
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Everybody says things in private they wouldn’t want publicly broadcast. But when you’re in a very public role, you need to watch what you say carefully, as Exxon Mobil lobbyist Keith McCoy was reminded this week when his indiscreet comments went viral. Greenpeace released video clips of McCoy talking to undercover activists posing as job recruiters. McCoy discussed his lobbying strategies, such as working with “shadow groups” and trying to influence senators to oppose climate elements of President Biden’s infrastructure overhaul. He boasted that he talked to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin’s office every week, attempting to block policies that would hurt Exxon. Realted: Exxon’s leaked documents reveal devastating pollution plan The oil giant, of course, is trying to distance itself from McCoy’s embarrassing comments. Darren Woods, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, released a statement saying that McCoy’s words do not represent Exxon’s views. “We condemn the statements and are deeply apologetic for them, including comments regarding interactions with elected officials,” he said. The company has reiterated that it really, truly supports the Paris climate agreement . McCoy, too, is trying to distance himself from, well, himself. He wrote on LinkedIn, “I am deeply embarrassed by my comments and that I allowed myself to fall for Greenpeace’s deception. My statements clearly do not represent ExxonMobil’s positions on important public policy issues.” The unfortunate comments come at a perfect time to be used against Exxon in upcoming congressional hearings about oil companies and climate change . “We demand Congress immediately investigate Exxon and fossil fuel companies’ climate crimes, and make polluters pay for their destruction,” said Lindsay Meiman of the climate activist group 350.org, as reported by NPR . Representative Ro Khanna chairs the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on the Environment. He said that he will hold a hearing this coming fall regarding “climate disinformation & the coordinated attack on scientific truth among polluters and their lobbyists.” Khanna plans to call Exxon, Chevron and other fossil fuel company CEOs to testify. Via NPR Image via Mike Mozart

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RMI’s formula for clearing human hurdles to a green economy

June 20, 2012 by  
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When happens when the biggest roadblocks to a sustainable future are organizational? 

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How Businesswomen are Helping China Push Its Green Agenda

March 3, 2011 by  
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As the National People’s Congress in China embarks on its plenary session to consider approval of the country’s 12th Five-Year Plan, two issues come to the fore: a proposed blueprint for a green economy and the opportunities for women in business to contribute to the transition.  

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