Business Community Ready To Do Its Part To Catalyze Low-Carbon Global Economy

Business Community Ready To Do Its Part To Catalyze Low-Carbon Global Economy

by Mindy Lubber — President of Ceres Posted on Dec 04, 2015 PARIS – Every day here at the UN climate talks, we’re hearing new private sector commitments to catalyze the low-carbon global economy. The week began with Bill Gates and other capital titans launching a $2 billion “Breakthrough Energy Initiative,” an effort with 20 countries, including China, India and the United States, to accelerate carbon-free energy sources. Then Google announced it was adding another 842 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to power its ever-expanding global data center portfolio. And, just today, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who oversees a $173 billion investment portfolio, announced a $3.5 billion climate commitment, including the launch of a $2 billion low-carbon index fund in partnership with Goldman Sachs. The message is clear: global businesses and investors are committed to the low-carbon future. From iconic companies like Google, Apple, Mars and Ikea, to major financial institutions like Bank of America and Citi, the private sector is opening their wallets to turn ever-ripening clean energy opportunities into reality. And they’re looking to invest in all corners of the world – a key reason why renewable energy investments in developing countries are growing 10 times faster than in developed countries. In just the past few months, Google and Apple have announced major renewable energy projects in China, Kenya and Chile. It’s encouraging, too, that developing countries themselves are working hard to attract more clean energy investments. The 184 countries that declared their climate ambitions in the lead-up to COP21 – the countries that account for 97 percent of global GHG emissions – is a...
Paving the Road Through Paris

Paving the Road Through Paris

Native Voices for Planet Earth: The United Nations Climate Change Conference ~ A Vision and A Fundraiser Attend a community meeting with Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, and other delegates traveling to Paris for the United Nations Climate Conference in December. Saturday, September 26th, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center – Neighborhood House 179 Robie St. East, St. Paul, 55107 FREE parking in the Neighborhood House ramp; $55 Recommended Registration, includes catered lunch by Chowgirls The public is invited to meet Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN, www.ienearth.org), and learn about the demands that a delegation of North and South American Indigenous citizens, including some from Minnesota, will be presenting at the December, 2015, UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21). The Indigenous Environmental Network, along with other international Indigenous delegations in Paris, will be asking all governments to: – Leave fossil fuels in the ground – Respect Native sovereignty – Plan for a transition away from the extractive toward a        regenerative economy – End the commodification and privatization of nature A “zero waste” catered lunch and small group “breakouts” to discuss the local and global action steps leading up to and beyond the Paris Conference will follow the morning plenary session with Tom. Proceeds from a concurrent silent auction will go to the IEN travel fund for Paris. Join us. Everyone’s voice is needed amplify awareness about this critically important international meeting and to plan community actions. Sponsored by Northland Sustainable Solutions; co-sponsored by the Minnesota Pachamama Community, the Justice Commission...
Minnesota State Fair Eco Experience Presentation

Minnesota State Fair Eco Experience Presentation

On the first day of the Great Minnesota Get Together, for the first presentation at the ECOEXPERIENCE Sustainability Stage, a wonderful crowd gathered to hear about seven foods that the experts say should be avoided. This information comes from an article published December 8, 2012 in Prevention magazine and it is alarming that so little has changed in these past few years. So, using some drawings that kids made of these foods, we explored the issues for our health that these seven foods represent. Microwave popcorn has a chemical in the lining of the bag that gets into the popcorn as it is “cooked” and this chemical is linked to infertility and cancer. Beef from cows fed with corn has lots of saturated fat and other unhealthy chemicals contained in it. Canned tomatoes from cans lined with BPA show high leaching levels of this chemical which is linked with reproductive issues and obesity to name only a few potential problems. Potatoes sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides and are among the most chemically laden of all non-organic vegetables. Go to www.toxictaters.org for more info. Milk that comes from cows treated with growth hormones, is milk that has artificial hormones still in it when it gets to you. There are negative health implications to ingesting hormones in milk such as increased cancer risk. Farm raised fish is fed an unnatural concoction of foods and chemicals to grow it quickly and keep it healthy in close living quarters. And lastly, non-organic apples are literally sprayed and re sprayed over the course of their growth with many kinds of pesticides. Solutions are...
J. Drake Hamilton at the White House for historic Clean Power Plan announcement

J. Drake Hamilton at the White House for historic Clean Power Plan announcement

Northland Sustainable Solutions and Fresh Energy applaud the historic Clean Power Plan, the largest action ever taken to cut pollution causing global warming. Minnesota businesses, communities, and citizens support the Clean Power Plan for creating big opportunities to grow clean energy jobs as it cuts premature deaths from power plant emissions by nearly 90 percent while ensuring grid reliability and affordable electricity rates. Furthermore, the Clean Power Plan rewards states for early investment in clean energy and energy efficiency in low income communities. The Clean Power Plan builds on Minnesota’s progress to move to clean sources of energy. Nationwide, since the Clean Air Act became law more than 45 years ago with bipartisan support, air pollution from mercury, lead, arsenic, and smog pollution has been cut by nearly 70 percent while the economy has tripled in size. Thanks to Minnesota’s leadership on cutting carbon cost effectively, President Obama invited Fresh Energy’s J. Drake Hamilton to join him at the White House today for the release of the final Clean Power Plan. Click here to see the original post from Fresh Energy...