Category: Climate Action

Earth Advocates: 70 Environmental Leaders

Real Leaders has been recognizing the leaders who are creating a better world for our future for over 10 years. EarthX has created the largest environmental experience for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies, and corporate practices that are reshaping our world. The climate crisis is one of the world’s most pressing and […]

Removing Politics from Environmental Conversations

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “The end goal of EarthX is to save the world and to save it environmentally, but through education, through calls to action, through recruitment. It was a disadvantage starting this in Dallas 10 years ago, but now it’s a great advantage because we have built a […]

Why Planting More Trees is a Good Idea

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast “Every time I was talking to businesses, they were saying, ‘Oh, we wish we could help, Matt. We wish we could do more.’ I’d always tell companies, ‘You can. Plant trees.’ People don’t realize how important trees are to the environment.” Matt Hill is the founder […]

Will Inhaling the Pollution From 5 Major Cities Change Your Mind?

A series of domes containing pollution from cities around the world was placed in the Norwegian city of Trondheim and London earlier this year as part of an investigation by psychologists to ascertain whether art can change people’s perception of climate change. The idea is the brainchild of British artist Michael Pinsky’s, who created the […]

9 Ways to Become a Climate Positive Leader

For most of us, climate change looms large, threatening to overturn every aspect of how we do business. But as a leader, you know that within every challenge lies opportunity — and climate change is no exception. With an eye towards innovation and partnerships, you can harness this moment and establish your company as a climate-positive leader, […]

Why Can’t The Media Visualize Climate Solutions? 

The hunger for images that show new and existing solutions to the climate crisis continues to grow exponentially as our collective awareness deepens.  But relevant and engaging imagery is hard, or even impossible, to source. As a career photojournalist focused on environmental stories – researching, finding, chasing and shooting climate solutions is a provocation and frustration […]

Pope Says Nature Will Not Forgive Our Trespasses

Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for protection of the environment on Wednesday’s 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, saying the coronavirus pandemic had shown that some challenges had to be met with a global response. Francis praised the environmental movement, saying it was necessary for young people to “take to the streets to […]

Time to Tackle Two Crises at Once, Activist Thunberg Says on Earth Day

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg joined calls for a combined effort to tackle coronavirus and the climate crisis, saying the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday was the time to choose a “new way forward”. Dramatic improvements in air and water quality as coronavirus lockdowns have cut pollution have prompted calls for a low-carbon future, […]

The Cure for Climate Change

What if Pascal was right when he said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” If I am honest with myself, I can see that I live mostly in perpetual busyness and distraction. I don’t often pause for long enough to notice what needs improvement in my […]

3 New Documentaries to Watch While Quarantined This Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, but this year’s celebration will be a little different from Earth Days past as coronavirus social distancing measures make outdoor gatherings impossible. Luckily, several networks are premiering documentaries in the U.S. Wednesday that you can watch from the safety of your couch. Here are three new films to watch on Earth Day’s 50th anniversary to keep […]

This Earth Day, Stop the Money Pipeline

We’re cooked unless investors stop funding fossil fuel companies. Nineteen-seventy was a simpler time. (February was a simpler time too, but for a moment let’s think outside the pandemic bubble.) Simpler because our environmental troubles could be easily seen. The air above our cities was filthy, and the water in our lakes and streams was […]

Sanctuary Farms Offer a Model for Future Food System

A handful of farms across North America are blurring ethical lines by incorporating rescued farm animals into plant production. Is this the solution to our broken food system, or part of the problem? Amidst the outbreak of the zoonotic COVID19 virus, the practice of closely confining animals bound to be food has come under increased […]

Halve the Farmland, Save Nature, Feed the World

Forget about organic farming: get the best out of the best cropland, return the rest to nature and still feed the world. It could work, say researchers. Once again, scientists have demonstrated that humans could restore roughly half the planet as a natural home for all the other wild things, while at the same time feeding […]

Coronavirus Shows Us Rapid Global Response To Climate Change Is Possible

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What if Microsoft Never Existed?

Microsoft will erase its entire carbon footprint since 1975 from the atmosphere. The global software giant has a goal of removing existing carbon from the atmosphere, setting the company’s climate goals apart from other corporate pledges, which have mostly focused on cutting ongoing emissions or preventing future ones. Microsoft is aiming to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it […]

Get into the Forestry Business Without Planting a Single Tree

Trees beware — technology is after your job, too. A German company, Green City Solutions, looked at the unique challenges of city living and decided that a scaled solution to clean air in cramped urban spaces was the solution. The result? They started building trees. Many cities around the world are waking up to the […]

Left in the Financial Dumps, This Designer Upcycled Her Way Out

Do you ever think about your garbage once it’s been thrown away? Lizl Naude does, because everyday waste is what eventually pulled her out of the dumps. When a business deal went awry, Naude lost everything – her house, car, and most of her possessions. With two children to feed and no way to support […]

How Climate Change Influenced Australia’s Unprecedented Fires

The climate factors contributing to Australia’s bushfires are strikingly similar to those at play in California. Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early months of the southern hemisphere’s summer. The New South Wales Rural Fire […]

When Climate Change Drove All The Men Away

Kilometres short of the Mexico-U.S. border, rough hands yanked Javier Hernandez from the trunk. They beat him, fractured his skull and then buried him with straws poking from his nostrils for air. Known as coyotes, Javier’s smugglers threatened to abandon his bloodied body in the desert unless his family paid a hefty ransom. Javier had […]

Our Addiction to Ride-Sharing Apps Is Hurting the Environment

A new study breaks down how Lyft and Uber contribute to climate change. For climate-conscious Americans, cars are tough: we can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Yet while ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are reducing reliance on car ownership, they’re hardly solving our problems. According to a report released on Tuesday by […]

The World On Fire: Five Global Health Stories To Watch In 2020

The failed 2019 UN Climate Conference in Madrid ended in mid-December just about when the massive wildfire destruction of Australia’s bushlands was beginning. The wildfires that broke shortly afterward took the form of a Gaia-like revenge. Australia, along with the United States, Japan and Brazil, had been among the countries that had blocked real progress at the UN […]

How Rising Temperatures Increase the Likelihood of Nuclear War

As climate changes stresses our human institutions, we are likely to face deadly conflicts over critical resources. President Donald Trump may not accept the scientific reality of climate change, but the nation’s senior military leaders recognize that climate disruption is already underway, and they are planning extraordinary measures to prevent it from spiraling into nuclear […]

Climate Leadership in Davos: What It Is, and How To Get It Done

Davos, Switzerland — At the World Economic Forum 2020, Jakob Trollbäck, the architect of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals framework, has unveiled a new initiative to foster Climate Leadership across corporate, investor, donor and NGO institutions. Trollbäck advances the core principles of opportunity in a published booklet released in Davos called The Climate Leadership Playbook, […]

10 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming

Humanity has faced urgent threats in the past, but never one as all-encompassing and existential as the climate crisis. The conditions of Earth’s atmosphere today haven’t been seen for roughly 3 million years; humans have never lived on a planet like this. Changes are coming faster than most scientists have predicted — and society needs […]

Amazing Portraits: 7 Days of Garbage

Californian photographer Gregg Segal tells carefully constructed stories that have a story teller’s sense of theme, irony and a penchant for drama. His ongoing project, 7 Days Of Garbage, shows ordinary people with their seven days worth of waste. He shared his thinking on the project with us. The seeds for this project have been germinating […]

Greta Thunberg: “I Don’t Want Your Hope”

Can the wisdom of a 16-year-old inspire us to action around the climate crisis? In January this year, an unassuming 16-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, stepped up to a podium before some of the world’s most powerful global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Her soft voice began to stress the urgency […]

Over 500 Climate Strikes Planned in the US and 117 Countries Worldwide

The September 20th climate strikes, that will continue for the duration of next week, have already seen 2,500 strikes registered globally and over 500 strikes taking place across the U.S.  The Youth Climate Strike Coalition in the U.S. issued a set of policy demands calling for a just transition to 100% renewables by 2030, a halt to […]

Saving the Environment One Tree at a Time

Global deforestation may be a growing concern, but reforestation efforts are tackling the root of the problem.  “People don’t realize how important trees are,” says Matt Hill, Founder and CEO of One Tree Planted, a Vermont-based non-profit that supports reforestation campaigns across the globe. Trees are a major food source, and make up the key […]

Earth’s Call. Are you Listening?

“It is time for less ego and more eco to help our troubled earth!” That was the primary message expressed by climate scientists, youth activists, indigenous leaders, and philanthropists brought to Aspen, Colorado in May by Earth’s Call to explore bold solutions to the climate crisis. Patti LaBelle was among those who raised decibel levels […]

The $70 Trillion Arctic Ice Problem We Shouldn’t Ignore

Atmospheric CO2 has been consistently measured since 1956 in Hawaii. Calculated figures over geological times have suggested vast changes in CO2 levels, surface temperatures and changes in the climate; now we are in the Anthropocene Era, in which mankind alone is responsible for rapid climate change, implied from the very rapid rise in CO2 and […]

16-year-old Girl Inspires Climate Strikes Across The World

Thousands of students in 105 countries are skipping class today. They’re concerned about something more pressing than good grades and perfect attendance – the future of our planet. Scandinavian teenager, turned environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, decided to take a stand last year, noting that by the time she is an adult, the state of our […]

Patagonia Uses Trump’s $10 million Tax Cut to Help Save The Planet

In December 2017, President Trump announced “an incredible Christmas gift for hard-working Americans” after his allies in the GOP Congress approved a tax cut package in record time. This past Christmas, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario (above) decided to give their $10 million in unplanned cash back – to the planet. “Our home planet needs it […]

Cape Town Looks to Apartheid’s Legacy to Curb Climate Change

The outgoing mayor of Cape Town, known for averting a near catastrophic water shortage, said she hopes to leave office on the heels of another victory in the fight against climate change – slashing greenhouse emissions from transportation. Patricia de Lille said South Africa’s second-largest city could reduce its greenhouse gas footprint by building homes […]

Fight California Fires With Ancient Knowledge, Researchers Say

Countries at risk of catastrophic wildfires should adopt ancient practices used by indigenous people, researchers have said, after scores of deadly blazes engulfed parts of the northern hemisphere. Wildfires have menaced villages and forests from Greece to the United States this summer, killing hundreds and displacing tens of thousands of people. Fire services should collaborate […]

Which Countries Are The Most Environmentally-friendly?

With the increase in carbon emissions alongside population growth, it has never been more critical for countries to become more sustainable. Fortunately, more and more nations are starting to take environmental issues seriously, with the environmental performance index (or EPI) a useful tool to measure the green credentials of various countries around the world. If […]

A Grassroots Activist Swims Against the Tide

At first glance, Marina Silva is a politician who served as the Minister of Environment in Brazil. At second glance, you realize that she is also a grassroots activist who has fought to protect local communities and against deforestation in the Amazon. “I had to swim against the tide in many situations- political and personal. […]

Can Religions Help in The Fight Against Climate Change?

A growing share of the six billion believers around the world are getting personally involved in the fight against climate change. In Sikh temples the world over, community kitchens offer free meals to anyone regardless of colour, creed or caste. But the langars – as the kitchens are called – often distribute food grown with […]

Global Climate Action Summit Seeks to Boost Carbon Disclosure

Hundreds more businesses, cities, states and regions are today being urged to step up their climate actions, transparently report carbon emissions and make big progress meeting emissions reduction goals. The challenge is being made the day before World Environment Day June 5. The call was made by co-chairs to the upcoming Global Climate Action Summit […]

How to Profit From Open Innovation

Any conversation on business competitiveness begins and ends with a discussion on innovation, a practice defined as “the fusion of invention and commercialization” by Ken Morse, founder of MIT’s Entrepreneurship Center and a leader of ESADE’s Open Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship programme.  There are three general types of innovation – incremental, radical and open. Of the […]

Delta, Duke University Launch Partnership to Offset Carbon Emissions

Delta Air Lines, the official airline of Duke Athletics, and Duke University, are expanding their partnership with a first-of-its-kind sustainability program.  Delta and Duke’s combined purchase of 5,000 carbon credits, simultaneously offsets carbon from all Duke University business travel on Delta in 2017, while supporting urban forestry in the Raleigh-Durham area through funding the planting […]

It Was Only a Matter of Time: Climate Museums

You don’t get a lot of ice cores in downtown Manhattan. But visitors to the inaugural show at New York’s Climate Museum can watch 269 soothing minutes of film featuring nothing but turquoise ice cores, drilled from the depths of the Greenland Ice Sheet. For scientists, the cylinder-shaped ice blocks open magical windows into prehistoric atmospheric conditions, but in […]

Climate Change Could Explain The Personality Of Your Significant Other

Have you ever wondered why your significant other thinks and acts the way they do? We typically think the answer lies in their parents and genes, but new research points to another insightful possibility: the average temperature where they grew up. The latest research from Columbia Business School offers compelling evidence for the role of regional ambient […]

Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) […]

Forget Politics! Together We Can Save Our Climate!

One day before President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement, Climeworks, an innovative Swiss startup, launched the world’s first commercial carbon capture plant in Hinwil, Switzerland. The plant, which filters carbon dioxide directly out of the air, offers a solution in the fight against climate change. Climeworks, […]

Nearly 4 Million Americans Are Being Held Hostage by Violent Forces

Please share their urgent plea. WTF… Where’s the FEMA? Did you know that nearly four million Americans are trapped in the path of a killer hurricane with no way to escape? Yes, media was on the scene reporting on Category 4 Hurricane Harvey’s destruction to Houston’s 2.3 million residents. Now they are in Miami reporting heavily […]

Climate Change Threatens Ability of Insurers to Manage Risk

Extreme weather is driving up uninsured losses and insurers must use investments to fund global warming resilience, says study. The ability of the global insurance industry to manage society’s risks is being threatened by climate change, according to a new report. The report finds that more frequent extreme weather events are driving up uninsured losses […]

Scientists Gather For Urgent Meeting On Significant Arctic Changes

The scale of the change that is happening in the Arctic is so significant that it’s sending out a warning cry but the rest of the world isn’t listening. While politicians and business leaders walked briskly between meetings to try and stay out of the freezing cold at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this year, […]

DiCaprio: Climate Action is Biggest Economic Opportunity for US

Tackling climate change is the “biggest economic opportunity” in the history of the United States, no matter who holds political office, said Hollywood star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. “There are a few, very prominent people that still deny the overwhelming conclusions of the world’s scientists that climate change is largely human-caused and needs immediate […]

Don’t Even Think About Littering at This Colorado Stadium

Eco-Products and the University of Colorado have teamed up to make Folsom Field one of the nation’s greenest stadiums – on the outside as well as on the inside. The university has expanded its zero-waste efforts from inside the stadium — where virtually all food and drink packaging is refillable, recyclable or compostable – to outside the […]

Clock Starts Ticking to Implement Paris Climate Deal

A new global agreement to tackle climate change will take effect on November 4 after the accord crossed an important threshold for support late on Wednesday. European nations, Canada, Bolivia and Nepal boosted official backing for the 2015 Paris Agreement to countries representing more than 55 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions, as needed for […]

Inside Brazil’s Battle to Save the Amazon with Satellites and Strike Forces

When George Porto joined Brazil’s environment agency 13 years ago, the country didn’t have access to satellite data on illegal logging – let alone heat maps tracking deforestation patterns or gun-toting agents dedicated to stopping ecological crimes. How times have changed. Today, IBAMA, as the agency is known, has access to four satellite feeds monitoring illegal […]

The Doctor who Can’t Wait to Save Millions of Lives

Sometimes the world needs to move a little faster, especially when lives are at stake. James Bernstein brushes aside convention and invents a sterile surgery in a suitcase. Great ideas sometimes start with asking uncomfortable questions. After being told how to treat pneumonia, perform an appendectomy and conduct a physical, Dr. James Bernstein had the audacity to […]

Inventing the Future of Flight

In silence, and without using a drop of fuel, two visionary pilots embark on the world’s first circumnavigation using only the power of the sun It was the Wright brothers all over again. On 3 December 2009 at Dübendorf Airfield in Switzerland, 106 years after the first powered flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright on a beach […]

Hollywood Rolls Out the Green Carpet

The next time you see a celebrity pulling up at an event in a hybrid car, there’s a good chance Debbie Levin is behind it. The CEO of the Environmental Media Association is continuing a novel social marketing strategy, begun in the late 1980s. By weaving environmental messages into films and using celebrities for positive […]

Breaking News: We’ve Depleted The Earth’s Resources for 2016

As of Monday, August 8, humanity will have already used up more resources than the Earth can regenerate this year, according to the Global Footprint Network. The network, a WWF partner, declared August 8, 2016 as this year’s Earth Overshoot Day, which is five days earlier than last year, and the earliest Overshoot Day yet. […]

Legend of Tarzan Teams Up with Stop Ivory to End Poaching

Since the Victorian era in which The Legend of Tarzan unfolds, the overall population of elephant species in Africa dropped from 19 million to just 500,000. So says nonprofit group Stop Ivory, that features the film’s stars, Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie in a new Public Service Announcement video (below). The organization is raising the volume on the plight of endangered African […]

Europe Dominates 2016 ‘Smart City” Leaderboard

Six of the top 10 global “smart cities” are based in Europe. A new study  anticipates that smart grid technology deployment will deliver $18.8 billion in cost savings in 2021, through reduced energy use and avoided economic costs from emissions. The reduced emissions are equivalent to those produced by nearly 15 million homes annually. Juniper Research in the United Kingdom […]

Why Your Choice to Have Kids Responsibly is Awesome

Business as usual is a foolish strategy in a world that will triple in population during our lifetime. Several billion more people are placing an unprecedented demand on every resource and system on the planet. As an entrepreneur, overpopulation can be seen as a crisis or an opportunity. One thing’s for sure – the current pace of […]

Richard Branson: Reinventing how we live and work to become a force for good

The energetic and playful entrepreneur believes the time is right for a radically different approach to business. He’s ready to explore the next great frontier. Your new vision for the future is a marked departure from the “business as usual” model. At what point in your career, and based on what personal experiences, did you start to recognize that business needed […]

How to Survive a Flight Without Fuel

In silence, without using a drop of fuel, but with much wonder in the eyes of hundreds of enchanted supporters, Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) took off on 21 April to complete a crossing of the Pacific. Si2, the solar airplane of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, capable of flying day and night powered only by the energy […]

Landfills Shouldn’t Be Laundry Piles

Today is Earth Day and companies around the world are thinking about how best to save the environment. Most of us would never consider our clothing being part of the problem, but it is. Savers, a global thrift retailer, is challenging people to rethink their clothing footprint. A larger-than-life clothing spill installation (pictured above) on the famous Alki Beach in Seattle, […]

Michelin Builds Eco-Friendly Tire Path in Yellowstone National Park

Visitors driving to Yellowstone National Park’s iconic geyser, “Old Faithful,” also will travel via tire once they exit their cars for a closer look. Old Faithful now boasts a porous, clean flexible walkway made mostly of recycled Michelin tires. The pavement surface, known as Flexi-Pave and manufactured by the company K.B. Industries (KBI), is gentler to […]

Ten Steps to Build the Cities of the Future

The World Economic Forum has released a new report, Inspiring Future Cities & Urban Services in which it highlights the emerging technologies and business models that are changing the way urban services are delivered. It proposes a 10-step action plan to enable cities to navigate the journey of urban transformation. The “business of running cities” is changing […]