Posts Tagged ‘COP15’

Dispatches from the Clinton Global Initiative

This week, leaders from every sector and from around the globe are convening at the Clinton Global Initiative(CGI), a forum created by former President Bill Clinton to turn ideas into action and to help the world move toward a more integrated global community of shared benefits, responsibilities and values.

Continuing on our commitment to engaging consumers on key issues effecting our world, Timberland is partnering once again with on-the-ground reporting team Olivia Zaleski and Gabriel London to provide video updates from inside CGI.  (Blog readers may remember that Olivia and Gabriel brought us daily updates and exclusive interviews during the United Nations Climate Change Summit last December.)

Welcome to CGI … and stay tuned here to the Earthkeepers blog for additional updates.

Ethical Corporation Honors Sustainable Businesses

At the Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit held earlier this month, 20 organizations and individuals were honored for their commitment to innovative practices in corporate responsibility.

Timberland was proud to be among the honorees, recognized for our Don’t Tell Us It Can’t Be Done campaign which encouraged consumers to voice their support for world leaders attending COP15 to set meaningful climate standards. While COP 15 didn’t produce the outcomes we were all hoping for, our campaign succeeded as a means of actively engaging consumers in the climate change issue – powerful progress, in our book.

Other companies doing good things and earning recognition as 2010 Responsible Business Summit award winners include:

PepsiCo, for their direct seeding of rice technology – an innovation that has resulted in a savings of 5.5 billion liters of water in India (among the largest rice growers in the world) and has helped Pepsi achieve “positive water balance” – meaning that they are actually giving back more water than their business consumes.

Continental Clothing, for their EarthPositive® Apparel. This organically and ethically-made product line was launched in 2008 and incorporates best practices to reduce the social and environmental damage normally associated with cotton farming and textile production. The line is manufactured solely using sustainable energy generated from wind power.

Produce World for their innovative approach to sustainability reporting, which includes a web portal which gives stakeholders access to unedited, real-time data about the company’s performance (including carbon and water intensity, accident frequency and waste management) on a site by site, month by month basis against each of the company’s social and environmental KPIs.

We find Ethical Corp’s awards particularly endearing because they include a “Greenwasher of the Year” award to recognize an organization (based on judges’ choice, not entries) that “continues to do considerable environmental damage whilst professing to be sustainable.”  Sometimes recognizing the bad is as important as recognizing the good.

For a complete list of this year’s Responsible Business Summit honorees and their award-winning initiatives, visit ethicalcorporation.com.

A Final Word (or two) on Copenhagen

Our Copenhagen correspondent team caught up with Timberland CEO Jeff Swartz when he joined other business leaders at the climate conference last month. As the video suggests, plenty of businesses and their leaders are forging ahead with creating climate solutions — even absent binding legislation.

Coming Out of Copenhagen

The big question now, as the dust settles and media and world leaders alike bring their presence and focus back from Copenhagen to the world at large: what next?  Absent universal agreement and legally-binding legislation to show us the path forward on climate change solutions, where are we and where do we go from here?

The answers are as varied as the participants at Copenhagen themselves: some remain optimistic, others are discouraged and despondent.  It’s true that COP15 didn’t produce the real and concrete outcomes many were hoping for … but like many, we’re choosing to regard it not as the end of an effort, but the beginning of an important path forward.  Through the lens provided by our COP correspondent team of Olivia Zaleski and Gabriel London, we observed plenty of disparities of words and actions among leaders and nations … but we also witnessed the power of the individual demanding (sometimes violently) to have a voice.  By all accounts, the number of engaged citizens that gathered in Copenhagen over the last two weeks — some in the spirit of goodwill, others in animosity – was staggering.  Regardless of their view or voice, they were all there in the name of an issue they care deeply about …and that’s the kind of personal passion that gives us hope as we look to the future and contemplate what’s next.

Regardless of the climate conference outcome, there are things we can and should be doing as part of our commitment to Earthkeeping – from making environmentally-conscious decisions about the products we buy and the energy we use, to participating in local community greening initiatives, to urging our legislators to support climate change solutions.  For our part, Timberland will continue to push to reduce our impact on the environment — and continue to encourage others to do the same.  We didn’t entirely expect a global agreement coming out of Copenhagen, and we don’t need one to keep on as we have been, modifying our operations and our products to lessen our carbon footprint and create positive environmental action.  The lack of agreement in our post-Copenhagen reality doesn’t derail our efforts or stall our progress or diminish our passion for creating global standards for greenhouse gas emissions … nor does it prevent us from being optimistic that COP15 wasn’t the end of the road, but rather the starting line for an important journey still ahead of us.

Share your thoughts with us about all things Copenhagen here … how was our coverage, what are your thoughts about the outcome, how hopeful are you about the future?  And then please stay tuned — we look forward to sharing news of our progress and projects for 2010 with you soon.

Young Rally Through The 11th Hour

Any "adult" who laments today’s youth are apathetic, uninvolved and politically disinterested hasn’t been reading his or her newspaper. Every paper, whether The New York Times or China’s Reference News, is covering the massive outpouring of youth energy and activism convening in Copenhagen.

The city is packed–absolutely packed–with young people from around the world, many crashing on friend’s couches, in local hostels or, worse, sleeping outside in frigid temperatures in hopes of influencing these last few hours of United Nations Climate Negotiations. Although some have clashed in protests with Danish police , the majority are rallying peacefully and remaining hopeful through the 11th hour.

Check out our recent video on the diversity of YOUTH ACTIVISM in Copenhagen . . .

Week 2: The Brass Tracks

by Gabriel London

It’s week 2 of the Copenhagen Climate Conference and the Bella Center has never been more crowded. Copenhagen Dispatch with Olivia Zaleski #4 marks a new chapter in our coverage because we get into the brass tacks of negotiation: developed vs. developing nations. The conclusion of this conversation in Copenhagen will either yield us a deal or come up short. And your voices – dear viewers – can make all the difference.

As we began the week, with the protest fresh in our minds , we thought we would find a story inside the Bella Center that pitted the developing world against the rich nations like the US and UK. What we uncovered along the way , however, was not so much an insurmountable divide between the rich and poor nations, but instead a unifying bridge, embodied by Ed Milliband , head negotiator for the UK, and Ambassador Dessima Williams , UN representative from Grenada and chairwoman of the much discussed bloc of island nations, AOSIS (Alliance of Small Island States ).

We’re hitting the home stretch and word is that Hillary Clinton herself will be here to lend the US its strongest negotiating hand . We gonna chronicle it up to the end (well, almost, because it seems we’re headed home Friday as Obama arrives!).

Copenhagen is buzzing. Stay tuned for all that’s left to come . . .

STAY EDUCATED!

FOR MORE ON: – The Struggle Faced by Small Island Nations visit this recent collection of videos and reporting featured on: The Huffington Post .
And for Ed Miliband and the UK’s Ambition for a Global Deal in Copenhagen visit: actoncopenhagen.decc.gov.uk .

COPENHAGEN DISPATCH #2: YOUTH ACTION

Check out our latest video dispatch on youth activism at COP15!

“Please Help the World,” The Opening Film of COP15′s Opening Ceremony

“Please Help the World,”
directed by Mikkel Blaabjerg Poulsen

“Please Help the World,” a frightening short film about a young girl who implores politicians to help the world after waking from a nightmare about the impacts of climate change.

COP15, DAY 1: Does Collective Energy Mean Collective Action?

It seems the world has arrived . . .
not just in Copenhagen–but at a universal moment of collective action.

This morning, a reported 34,000 people from every country in the world poured into the giant plenaries of Copenhagen’s Bella Center. Many were there to negotiate, some to advocate, others to deny, protest or simply take in the spectacle. Whatever the reason, the energy was collective.

Kicking off this message, Danish Prime Minister, Mr Lars lokke Rasmussen and top UN climate official Mr Vyo de Boer.

“The time has come to reach out to each other and deliver…the time to issue statements is now over” said de Boer. “Never in the 17 years of climate change negotiations have so many different countries made so many pledges. The time to act is now . . . to ensure people don’t suffer in the future.”

De Boer’s words echoed–literally–through the center’s fifty-some pre-fab halls as thousands of attendees collectively tuned into, “Please Help the World,” a frightening short film about a young girl who implores politicians to help the world after waking from a nightmare about the impacts of climate change. But in contrast to the film, the opening ceremony and the first day in general was hopeful and optimistic.

BUT I wonder what the sentiment is outside the brightly lit spectacle of the Bella Center . . . is the world optimistic, doubtful–does anyone even care?

Let me know what you–at home–are thinking, anticipating, hoping for. Do you think an agreement is possible? What should happen? What MUST happen?

Leave your thoughts below and tomorrow I’ll show you why leading IPCC scientist Dr. Stephen Schneider is hopeful, but anxious for the next two weeks.

Stay tuned.

See You In Copenhagen . . . Wait, We’re Here!

Seventy days ago, at the Climate Week Opening Ceremony in New York City, brilliant filmmaker, Gabriel London , released the short-film series, “See You in Copenhagen.” The films played to a crowd of climate legislation influencers United Nations policy leaders–including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Danish Minister of Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard.

Through impassioned imagery, the films tell the stories of the real people–the innovators, entrepreneurs and UN Ambassadors–behind the Climate Change "policy puzzle." Simultaneously, the series highlights the urgent need for upcoming action on climate legislation.

Inspired, I joined Gabriel London’s efforts to call for action. First, I lent my voice to his series–literally by introducing and tracking three abridged episodes.
Watch the first episode here–explaining why small island nations, like Grenada, have so much at stake.

Though great, the series is "See You in Copenhagen." Now Gabriel and I are actually IN COPENHAGEN! The need for action is no longer "upcoming," but here and now. With said urgency, Gabriel and I have teamed up with Earthkeepers to bring you daily–from the ground reports–on anything and everything related to COP15. The events here–as they unfold before us–IN Copenhagen.

We’ll be here for the next two weeks of negotiations so be sure to leave your thoughts and suggested questions (for interview subjects such as green entrepreneur Shai Agassi and Nobel Peace Prize-winning scientist Stephen Schneider ) IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW.

Til tomorrow, signing out from Copenhagen.
Can’t wait to see what happens!

Olivia