Daily Archives: May 1, 2017

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage: Daniel C. Esty, Andrew Winston


From the Publishers Weekly review:
“Two experts from Yale tackle the business wake-up-call du jour-environmental responsibility-from every angle in this thorough, earnest guidebook: pragmatically, passionately, financially and historically. Though “no company the authors know of is on a truly long-term sustainable course,” Esty and Winston label the forward-thinking, green-friendly (or at least green-acquainted) companies WaveMakers and set out to assess honestly their path toward environmental responsibility, and its impact on a company’s bottom line, customers, suppliers and reputation.

Following the evolution of business attitudes toward environmental concerns, Esty and Winston offer a series of fascinating plays by corporations such as Wal-Mart, GE and Chiquita (Banana), the bad guys who made good, and the good guys-watchdogs and industry associations, mostly-working behind the scenes. A vast number of topics huddle beneath the umbrella of threats to the earth, and many get a thorough analysis here: from global warming to electronic waste “take-back” legislation to subsidizing sustainable seafood. For the responsible business leader, this volume provides plenty of (organic) food for thought. “

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Alex Doukas: People’s Climate March

People Worldwide Pour into Streets for People’s Climate March + 13 Killed in Tornadoes and Flooding in South and Midwest


May 01, 2017

Hundreds of thousands, if not more than a million, people poured into the streets around the world Saturday for a global People’s Climate March, which coincided with President Trump’s 100th day in office. As temperatures topped 90 degrees in Washington, D.C., tying the record for the hottest April 29 ever recorded in the capital, more than 200,000 people filled 20 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue, marching for “climate, jobs and justice.”

The protesters decried President Trump’s steps to roll back environmental regulations, appoint climate change deniers as the heads of government agencies, and defund and erase climate change programs and research, including the administration’s move Friday to scrub climate science pages from the EPA’s website.

Sister marches were held in hundreds of U.S. cities, from New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Denver, to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Demonstrations were also held worldwide, including in Japan, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Germany, Greece, Brazil, Mexico and Costa Rica. We’ll spend the rest of the hour bringing you highlights from Democracy Now!’s live, 5-hour broadcast at the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C.

May 01, 2017

Meanwhile, on Saturday, extreme, climate-fueled storms, tornadoes and floods swept across the United States, killing at least 13 people. Tornadoes flattened homes, uprooted trees and flipped trucks in Texas and in neighboring states. Historic flooding swept away cars, closed interstates and inundated homes across Missouri, where the governor declared a state of emergency.

Eric Greitens: “It’s important for everyone to recognize, again, that some of the flooding we’re seeing in parts of Missouri has surpassed historic levels. There are certain places that have seen water levels several feet higher than any time in Missouri’s recorded history.”

Heat waves also continue in South Asia, where temperatures in parts of India and Pakistan are soaring above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. In India, heat waves killed 4,620 people over the last four years.

Sens. Markey & Merkley Push Bill for 100% Clean and Renewable Energy by 2050


Democracy Now!

Published on May 1, 2017

http://democracynow.org – Just days before the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., a group of Democratic senators and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill to transition the United States to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by no later than 2050. Two of the bill’s co-authors, Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, took part in the People’s Climate March.

Indigenous Leader Kandi Mossett: “It’s Not OK for Our Women to Die Because We Want to Protect Water”


Democracy Now!

Published on May 1, 2017

http://democracynow.org – The People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., was led by people from front-line and indigenous communities, whose lives are most impacted by the extraction of fossil fuel and the effects of climate change. Among those who were at the march were Tom Goldtooth and Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey on Why She Is Suing ExxonMobil for Climate Deception


Democracy Now!

Published on May 1, 2017

http://democracynow.org – At the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., many protesters called attention to the close ties between the Trump administration and the fossil fuel industry, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was the longtime CEO of ExxonMobil. Among those at the march was Maura Healey, attorney general of Mas

Watch the Indigenous Water Ceremony That Opened the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C.


Democracy Now!

Published on May 1, 2017

http://democracynow.org – As President Trump marked his 100th day in office on Saturday, up to 200,000 people took to the streets of Washington to take part in the People’s Climate March. Sister marches were also held across the country. The protesters decried President Trump’s steps to roll back environmental regulations, appoint climate change deniers as the heads of government agencies, and defund and erase climate change programs and research, including the administration’s move Friday to scrub climate science pages from the EPA’s website. The People’s Climate March began at dawn on Saturday with a water ceremony led by indigenous peoples at the Capitol Reflecting Pool.