Tag Archives: Sustainability

BioLite Brightens East Africa One Home at a Time

I have visited enough traditional family huts and homes in rural Africa to know that light and power are precious commodities. When the last bit of sun streams through the windows and doors in the evenings, the only recourse for light again is when the sun shines brightly in the morning. That is a long time to read, write, cook, and get ready for the next day by mere firelight. When not fixed on an electrical grid (which aren’t very reliable themselves), the only real, viable opportunity for light and energy is through solar power.

A newly released short film by BioLite Run Home shows how powerful their products are to light households in the absence of electricity.  In fact, BioLite is on a mission to “bring energy everywhere”. In the film, BioLite features professional Kenyan marathon runner and mother Jane Kibii. Through her race earnings, Kibii has earned enough money to purchase a family home. Unfortunately, the home she built for her parents is far from the electrical grid.

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How and Why Coca-Cola is Restoring Water to Our National Forests

When I stepped out of the U.S. Forest Service SUV after nearly a two-hour scenic autumn drive from Taos, New Mexico to the Carson National Forest, we were standing in an expansive valley so big that huge cows below us looked like mere dots in the distance. We had finally arrived at Valle Vidal, a massive grassy meadow with vistas as far as the eye could see and elevations reaching close to 13,000 feet in Carson National Forest. Even though Valle Vidal is overwhelmingly beautiful to take in its environmental impact is being increasingly hampered by major stream and groundwater degradation that needs immediate remedying in order to protect fish and wildlife as well as to store more ground water for communities downstream.

I was in New Mexico visiting the Carson National Forest with Coca-Cola North America’s sustainability team last week to learn about their water restoration efforts in northern New Mexico as well as the company’s overarching nationwide partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Forest Foundation that replenished 1 billion liters of water to nature and communities reaching 60 million people in the United States. Coca-Cola also recently announced that it has successfully reached one of its principle global sustainability milestones ahead of schedule to effectively balance its water usage in its beverages and production. Coca-Cola has reached its goal five years ahead by replenishing 191.9 billion liters of water across the globe in 71 countries. In the United States, Coca-Cola North America has pledged to double the 1 billion liters of water that it has already replenished by 2018.

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Save the Children Releases Report on Post-2015 Framework for Ending Poverty

Ending Poverty in Our GenerationAs we all know the Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015. While much progress has been made globally over the past twenty years to eradicate poverty and to meet each of the individual goals there is still much to do. With the MDGs on their way out, Save the Children has devised a framework for post-2015 work to end global poverty and spur human development.

Save the Children’s Chief Executive Justin Forsyth said:

“An historic achievement is within reach. By committing to these ambitious but achievable new targets, we really can become the generation that ends extreme poverty forever.

“For the first time, it is feasible to imagine that in the next two decades no child will die from preventable causes, no child will go to bed hungry and every child will go to school.”

In Ending Poverty In Our Generation,  Save the Children says global poverty can end in 20 years through new goals it lays out for post-2015 global development action. Save the Children notes that the following goals are not meant to be definitive. Rather, they are a starting place to continue the poverty eradication conversation. A high level panel, including Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will meet in Monrovia, Liberia between 29th January and 1st February 2013 to discuss the direction of post-2015 global development.

Goal 1: By 2030 we will eradicate extreme poverty and reduce relative poverty through
inclusive growth and decent work

Goal 2: By 2030 we will eradicate hunger, halve stunting, and ensure universal access to
sustainable food, water and sanitation

Goal 3: By 2030 we will end preventable child and maternal mortality and provide
healthcare for all

Goal 4: By 2030 we will ensure all children receive a good-quality education and have
good learning outcomes

Goal 5: By 2030 we will ensure all children live a life free from all forms of violence,
are protected in conflict and thrive in a safe family environment

Goal 6: By 2030 governance will be more open, accountable and inclusive

Goal 7: By 2030 we will have robust global partnerships for more and effective use of
financial resources

Goal 8: By 2030 we will build disaster-resilient societies

Goal 9: By 2030 we will have a sustainable, healthy and resilient environment for all

Goal 10: By 2030 we will deliver sustainable energy to all

UNICEF, one of Save the Children’s key partners, said they welcome the new goals and framework set forth in the report saying:

“UNICEF looks forward to continuing to work closely with Save the Children and other key partners for children’s rights, as the debate intensifies on how best to safeguard, extend and sustain human progress in the post-2015 international framework.”

Download Ending Poverty in Our Generation: Save the Children’s Vision for a Post-2015 Framework.

Photo: Children in Hawassa, Ethiopia. Copyright: Jennifer James

Join Moms Groups for a 30-Minute Chat About the Earth Summit

Chat Details

What: 30-Minute Chat About Sustainability with Million Moms Challenge, Moms Rising, Moms Clean Air Force, Mom Bloggers for Social Good with experts: Aaron Sherinian and Richenda Van Leeuwen
Where: Million Moms Challenge
When: 1 – 1:30 PM EST

This is an extremely important month! Rio + 20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as the Earth Summit) will take place in Rio de Janeiro between June 20 – 22. This is a critical global conference as important decisions and discussions will take place around issues of sustainability from our waters and oceans to food, women and the green economy. This is a cricial time for the future of our planet and the ways in which we all live and work with the environment.

Tomorrow from 1 – 1:30 PM EST I will participate as a co-host for a 30-minute chat about important sustainability issues as we lead up to Rio + 20. The chat will take place over at Million Moms Challenge as they lead the discussion. Other co-hosts are Moms Rising and Moms Clean Air Force.

We will be chatting with Aaron Sherinian, Vice-President of Communications and Public Relations for the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and Richenda Van Leeuwen, Senior Director of UNF’s Energy & Climate team, for a briefing on key issues and why moms need to take interest in Rio+20 outcomes.