This post's title, "Talk About a Crock...," is the title of a recent blog post by Bob Lutz, GM's product development chief. His post discusses the backlash he has received from the online community about comments he made last month about global warming, which he apparently called a "total crock of shit." On his blog, Mr. Lutz says, "My beliefs are mine and I have a right to them, just as you have a right to yours. But among my strongest beliefs is that my job is to do what makes the most… Continue
Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, celebrated his 84th birthday this week, still adamant that he will remain in power after next month's elections, saying, "There will never be regime change here ... Never." How a man can spend the equivalent of about $250,000 on a birthday party while the rest of his country deals with unemployment rates of over 80%, an inflation rate of over 100,000%, and acute shortages… Continue
Eight years ago, global nations and institutions came together in an agreement to work together to end extreme poverty by 2015. Specific targets were set to (1) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, (2) Achieve universal primary education, (3) Promote gender equality and empower women, (4) Reduce child mortality, (5) Improve materal health, (6) Combat HIV/AIDS, maleria and other diseases, (7) Ensure environmental sustainability, and (8) Develop a global partnership for… Continue
Earth Hour is a global event created to symbolize that each one of us, working together, can make a positive impact on climate change - no matter who we are or where we live. Building off the program that was piloted in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, the event will be replicated in over 12 cities worldwide in 2008.
Earth Hour is intended to bring together a diverse group of community, municipal, corporate and nongovernmental… Continue
The A380 becomes the world's first commercial aircraft jet to fly on alternative fuel.
Manufacturer Airbus hopes the test flight may well signal the start of a more climate friendly era for the industry. Green lobbyists remain deeply sceptical, arguing that such fuels simply replace one set of environmental problems with… Continue
The Brazilian government focuses on reforestation projects which have been hailed a success by the international industry watchdog.
Conservation teams have been working on a series of strategies to ensure that harvesting does not significantly impact on the survival of the rainforest. Earlier this year the Brazilian Government came under fire after new evidence suggested that logging rates were… Continue
I would like to let you know about www.adupo.com, a website I have been working on for the last few weeks with the help of a charity called ABLe Volunteers International Fund (www.avif.org.uk): All the products for sale on the site have been purchased from Mike Mwaniki Njogu, the manufacturer in Kenya and all the revenue we generate will be reinvested in further stock.
We are basically trying to establish a sustainable business for… Continue
French banking group Crédit-Agricole is joining forces with Grameen Bank to establish the Grameen-Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation, marking one of the first times a large financial institution has formally linked with Grameen. The Financial Times reports that Crédit Agricole would inject €50m ($73m) in the foundation, which will work with Grameen to provide, among other things, expertise to help launch… Continue
London mayor Ken Livingstone's plans for a £25 congestion charge from drivers of high powered sports cars and 4x4s entering the capital has drawn a great deal of criticism from owners of such vehicles. However, we haven't seen much action from the car makers whose sales will potentially be affected by the move...until this week. Porsche is threatening a legal challenge to the plans, which will raise… Continue
IBM has always been an innovator when it comes to corporate citizenship and corporate responsibility around the world, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it's up to some great things again. Over the past year, IBM brought together business leaders, policy makers, and academics from around the world for nine deep dives on the topic of sustainable long-term economic development in Africa, and the potential areas of collaborative innovation within this space. The result is a new report, the GIO… Continue
National Geographic has a new competition aimed at raising awareness of destinations that work to "sustain, enhance, and protect its culture and environment for future generations." The organization wants you to nominate a person, place, or organization that's doing things right, and in return, you could be eligible to win a free trip anywhere in the World Hotel Link travel network. Nominations are due by March 19, 2008.…
Meeting at the Climate Savers Summit 2008 held by WWF and Sony in Tokyo last week, business leaders from some very well-known companies came together to present the Tokyo Declaration, a joint call to tackle the urgent issue of climate change. The executives stressed that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by more than 50% by 2050, and that emissions must peak and start to decline within the next 10 to 15 years in order to "keep global warming below the dangerous threshold of 2 degrees… Continue
Goodwill Social work centre
"We are living in a time when no organisation can succeed on its own. The development of results-focussed nonprofit and business creates a growing opportunity for these organisations to work together and create new possibilities that further their respective missions. Nonprofits know they must become more businesslike. Businesses know… Continue
‘...in serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity.’
-- Carol Bellamy
Like many other countries, the rights of children are still generally low on the agendas in India. In point of fact, awareness about the rights of the child among children and adults is very limited in India. It is evident from a study Report (Maheshwar Madan All, 1994) that the percentage of children in India who asserted their rights was negligible and a high majority… Continue
Muhammad Yunus' Grameen Bank, known for its microfinance lending schemes in Bangladesh, has recently entered the US market, perhaps good timing considering the recent mortgage meltdown and general distrust of mainstream banks. What may be surprising to some is the fact that while the US is the world's richest country, it still has 28 million people that have no bank accounts and 44.7 million with only limited access to financial institutions.
Grameen Bank has begun its US operations… Continue
At the UN Investor Summit on Climate Risk yesterday, nearly 50 institutional investors from the US and Europe pledged to collectively invest $10 billion in clean technology opportunities over the next two years, as well as to incorporate “green standards” into their investment decisions.
With the global renewable energy market projected to grow from $40 billion in 2005 to $150 billion by 2015, we are certain to see a great deal more activity in this space over the coming months and… Continue
I've been reading the environmental sustainability news for quite a long time now. I'll admit, there were days when I found it simply tiring: this company went green; that company went green.
And all I could think was, "Are they for real or are they just doing it for the press associated with it?" There always seemed to be something in those stories that rang false. I couldn't quite put my finger on exactly what it was at the time. Perhaps the… Continue