International Women’s Day Spotlight: Meet the 8 women leading the change for a better world

March 8, 2019 by  
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International Women’s Day is just one of the 365 days per year that it is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions and advancements female leaders have bestowed onto the environment, society and culture from around the world. While there are thousands of women who are fighting to help conserve and preserve our planet, below we highlight eight brave women from across the globe who are making headlines for their innovative impact in the environmental, conservation and sustainability fields. Melina Laboucan Massimo Indigenous Rights & Clean Energy Campaigner (Canada) Massimo , a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation, grew up in a small community where the only jobs were in the oil and gas industry. Following a devastating oil spill that contaminated the water and land that her community depended on for generations, Massimo was inspired to take action. She is a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace, journalist, film producer and an indigenous rights activist. She advocates for a equitable transition to clean and renewable energy sources that prioritize local jobs, ownership and environmental protection. Related: Women are essential to climate resilience in the Caribbean — here’s why Vandana Shiva Food Sovereignty Advocate (India) Shiva is an eco-activist and agroecologist who focuses on sustainable agriculture , local food systems and the working conditions of farm workers in India. She is a vocal opponent of genetically modified organisms and her work has helped preserve and prioritize indigenous seed diversity and traditional knowledge. Forbes named Shiva one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe. Christiana Figueres U.N. Leader and Climate Optimist (Costa Rica) Christiana Figueres was the driving force behind the monumental Paris Agreement of 2015, in which 195 nations signed on to legally-binding, time-bound commitments to reduce carbon emissions and limit global warming . After serving as the Executive Secretary for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016, Figueres turned her attention to speaking, writing and advising major companies on climate sustainability. Figueres also leads Mission 2020 and Global Optimism, organizations focused on making the world’s ambitious climate visions into a reality. She recently won the prestigious US$1 million Dan David Prize for her work in combating climate change. Paula Kahumbu Elephant Conservationist (Kenya) Kahumbu is the Executive Director of WildlifeDirect in Kenya and leader of a muti-year campaign to both raise awareness about elephant poaching and pass conservation legislation. Her local and international efforts to stem poaching from all angles have won her numerous awards, including the Whitley Award and the National Geographic Howard Buffet Award for conservation leadership in Africa. Basima Abdulrahman Green Re-Building Pioneer (Iraq) Abdulrahman is the Founder and CEO of Iraq’s first green design and construction consulting company. Her goal is to help her war-torn country build back in a way that is “sustainable, inclusive and economically productive through making buildings and infrastructures healthy, environmentally responsible, and resource-efficient.” Abdulrahman was the co-chair of the World Economic Forum in Davos, in January 2019. Related: Permaculture feeds and empowers refugees in Uganda Amy Jadesimi Sustainable Business Leader (Nigeria) Jadesimi is the CEO of a 100 percent Nigerian-owned Industrial Free Zone in Lagos. She is a trained medical doctor, entrepreneur and advocate for sustainable business as the only viable business model for progress. In 2018 she spoke at the U.N. about “the potential for private sector to take a lead in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.“ Jadesimi is confident that market growth in Africa, guided by the Sustainable Development Goals, is essential to provide jobs and improve environmental and social problems at the scale needed for a successful and sustainable future. Greta Thunberg Teen Climate Crusader (Sweden) In 2018, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg sat outside the Swedish Parliament for three weeks, demanding national leaders radically prioritize climate change . Since then, her example has launched a ripple-effect of youth protests in over 270 cities around the world. Faced with living out the impacts of climate change, young people are taking the lead to speak out for stronger commitment and follow-through from world leaders. The New Yorker called Greta a “voice of unaccommodating clarity.” Heba Al Farra Women in the Environment Sector Connector (Palestine) Al Farra was recognized as a UN Young Champion of the Earth  for her organization, Women in Energy & Environment at MENA Region (WEE), which is building a professional network for Middle Eastern and North African women working in environmental fields. WEE connects women with resources and a supportive community. An environmental engineer, Al Farra left Palestine for Kuwait when the violence in Gaza disrupted her studies and is dedicated to linking women from her home country with the skills they need to succeed professionally. Images via David Suzuki Foundation , Frank Schwichtenberg , UNclimatechange,   Pop Tech , World Economic Forum , Danish Maritime Days , UNEP , bones64 , Molly Adams , Shutterstock

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7 companies to watch in sustainable shipping

August 23, 2017 by  
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Delivery supply chains are inching toward electrification. Here are the leaders where EVs and old-school logistics converge.

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7 companies to watch in sustainable shipping

August 23, 2017 by  
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Delivery supply chains are inching toward electrification. Here are the leaders where EVs and old-school logistics converge.

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Episode 43: Big Ag unites for healthy soil; Candid career advice for millennials

September 8, 2016 by  
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This week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: Abounding advice for traversing the world of corporate sustainability, with lessons from a new-hire, our “30 Under 30” and the former CSR lead at McDonald’s.

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Setting corporate carbon goals and meaning it

September 7, 2016 by  
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Every day, it feels as if the companies willing to step up and do their part to fight global warming are more numerous, while the diminishing number seeking to block progress slink further into the shadows. Yet the “Recalcitrants,” as I call them, continue to impede progress at a time when the drumbeat of climate catastrophe grows ever louder — the hottest year on record by far; consider a deluge in Louisiana triggering flooding of biblical proportions.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are self-driving cars legal?

June 14, 2016 by  
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The buzz around self-driving cars is growing, but they’re thus far only legal in four U.S. states. Personal Injury San Diego developed an infographic that examines the legality of self-driving cars, the differences between levels of automation, and the leaders in the field. Google may be the company grabbing the most headlines for self-driving cars, but they don’t actually hold the most patents in the field. Keep reading to learn more about the exciting new technology and the future of self-driving cars. + Personal Injury San Diego

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The 5 toughest challenges tomorrow’s cities face

April 27, 2016 by  
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EPA chief McCarthy and Land O’Lakes CEO Policinski joined mayors and other leaders to swap strategies for resilience.

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Unlocking the value of your company’s sustainability strategy

April 21, 2014 by  
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Two common problems hold back sustainability strategies in companies. These tools can help you overcome them.

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Does sustainability need a new competitive approach?

April 21, 2014 by  
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To make an impact with the C-suite, think about taking a "Trojan Horse" approach to sustainability. 

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How governments fail to lead on sustainability

April 18, 2014 by  
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Social entrepreneurs and NGOs are filling the gap to lead the sustainability charge, according to experts in this GlobeScan SustainAbility survey. 

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