Daily Archives: December 2, 2020

Managing cascading climate risk in global supply chains

Stockholm Environment Institute

Nov 10, 2020
Recorded on 10 November 2020.
“Building a climate-resilient and just future for all: managing cascading climate risk in global supply chains” Read more: https://www.sei.org/events/building-a

How can we better manage the cross-border effects of climate change and spur opportunities for just approaches to adaptation that bring co-benefits at scale? Join this online dialogue, which will shine a spotlight on industry and explore actions to strengthen the resilience of global supply chains.

Managing the cross-border effects of climate change
Supply chains are the arteries of the global economy. But how resilient are they to climate risk? And what role do they play in carrying risk between communities great distances apart? COVID-19 has brought the vulnerabilities inherent in our global trading systems into sharp relief – how impacts can leap from sector to sector and cascade from country to county – often hitting the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest.

Climate change can also catalyze such cascading effects – with both companies and communities bearing the brunt. Yet the way we plan adaptation often fails to reflect the realities of how risk is driven and distributed in the 21st century. And efforts to strengthen the resilience of supply chains could lead to the redistribution of vulnerability rather than its reduction outright.

This dialogue will shine a spotlight on industry and explore actions to strengthen the resilience of global supply chains to better manage the cross-border effects of climate change. It will also reveal opportunities for just approaches to adaptation that bring co-benefits at scale. If our connections to each other expose us to the transboundary nature of climate risk, they also present an opportunity to shape an inclusive and sustainable path to the future.

Bringing together representatives from the private sector, civil society, governments and international organizations, the dialogue will accelerate the transition towards a collaborative and coordinated approach to adaptation and a climate-resilient and just future for all.

Agenda and speakers

The event will be chaired by Musonda Mumba, Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment

Opening remarks: Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Action Champion

Keynote speakers
Pema Gyamtsho, Director General of ICIMOD and former Minister of Agriculture and Forests for the Royal Government of Bhutan
Michihiro Oi, Director of International Strategy Division, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Panel members
Kevin Adams, Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Ashley Allen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Oatly
Tom Howes, Head of Energy and Environment, International Energy Agency
Simonetta Zarrilli, Chief of the Trade, Gender and Development Programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Eileen Gallagher, Associate Director, BSR
Djimé Adoum, Executive Secretary of the Permanent Interstates, Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel and former Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation of Chad
Ayman Cherkaoui, Adaptation Without Borders Ambassador

Closing remarks
H. E. Chad Blackman, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the WTO and Chair of the WTO Environmental Committee
Martin Frick, Deputy Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

Interviews & Insights: Bio-Intensive tools and soil w/ Jodi Roebuck

Urban Farmer Curtis Stone

Feb 22, 2016

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Sustainable Agriculture for the World | John Jeavons | Talks at Google

Talks at Google
May 7, 2012

“John Jeavons spoke at Google in Mountain View on April 12, 2012 about his four decades pioneering biointensive farming and what we can do for food security in the future. He is introduced by Google Executive Chef Olivia Wu. About the Author: John Jeavons has been the Director of the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-Farming program for Ecology Action since 1972. He is the author of How to Grow More Vegetablesand Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine, the primer on sustainable Biointensive Mini-Farming. Widely regarded as a food, soil, and organic farming expert, his food-raising methods are being used in 141 countries and by such organizations as UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Peace Corps.

Session 1: GROW BIOINTENSIVE: A Beginner’s Guide — Introduction

John Jeavons

Nov 19, 2010

A self-teaching series from John Jeavons and Cynthia Raiser Jeavons.

This is the first episode in a series from the author of the sustainable gardening classic “How to Grow More Vegetables”. The whole series is available as a full-length uncut DVD, at http://www.johnjeavons.org/video.html

With this revolutionary organic gardening method, you will learn to grow more food in less space, to build truly sustainable soil fertility, and to save money by reducing water, energy and fertilizer use! This self-teaching series provides an excellent introduction to the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method and will get you out into the garden in 8 sessions!

Topics include garden bed and soil, seedlings, transplanting, composting, harvesting, saving seeds, choosing your crops, and maintaining your garden.

For more information about the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Method, or to take an in-depth workshop taught by John Jeavons, go on a tour of Ecology Action’s Biointensive research mini-farm at The Jeavons Center in Willits, CA, or download a free copy of The Biointensive Farmer’s Handbook, go to http://www.growbiointensive.org

For a wide selection of Biointensive how-to publications, organic open-pollinated seeds, the quality tools used in these videos and more, visit Ecology Action’s online store, Bountiful Gardens at http://www.bountifulgardens.org

1: An Introduction to the Biointensive Method

John Jeavons

Dec 2, 2020

‘En Nuestras Manos / In Our Hands’

EPISODE 1: An Introduction to the Biointensive Method

Goal: Grow more using less

In this introductory episode we will get acquainted with some of the concepts that will help you to grow food sustainably, and meet some of the leaders in the Biointensive farm movement. Together these visionaries have been responsible for training and inspiring many thousands of farmers; much of that across Latin America and Africa.

Travel to the pre-Columbian heart of Mexico City to the ancient aquatic farms of Xochimilco. Here we discover a farming culture that has thrived for well over 1000 years but now contends with land rendered barren by the chemical‐industrial methods of the Green Revolution. In response, we find a small group who is using the GROW BIOINTENSIVE® method to heal their land and return to a traditional path in harmony with the environment.

Produced by Earth Lodge Studio (http://earthlodgestudio.com)

‘En Nuestras Manos’ / ‘In Our Hands’ is a project of Ecology Action and was made possible by our generous funders, including Patagonia Works, The Warsh Mott Foundation and Cynthia Raiser Jeavons.


Politics and Division: The Sociology of Climate Change and Science Denial

University of California Television (UCTV)

Dec 2, 2020

Are humans rational beings guided by facts and information or do our moral views, desires, affiliations and motivations influence our perception of facts? Increasingly distrust in the science of climate change is rooted in different exposure to media/information and tied to political ideology. Dr. Gina Solomon says that the debate on the science is actually a debate on the solution and discusses ways to communicate about climate science. Recorded on 10/27/2020. [12/2020] [Show ID: 36490]

How does the UK plan to rollout the Covid vaccine? – BBC Newsnight

BBC News

Dec 2, 2020
As the UK approves the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, what do we know about the rollout and could it start within days? Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

People should not get “carried away with over optimism” after the UK approved its first coronavirus vaccine, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned.

The prime minister said it did not mean “our struggle is over”, saying parts of the economy still faced tough restrictions.

England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam urged patience over the rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, which begins early next week.

But care home residents will have to wait due to logistical challenges.

What do we understand of the rollout of the vaccine and who will get priority?

How effective will the vaccine be long-term? And why has the UK approval come first?

UK Editor Katie Razzall reports and Emily Maitlis speaks to BioNTech’s Chief Business and Commercial Officer, Sean Marett, SAGE member Professor John Edmunds, the World Health Organisation’s Dr Margaret Harris and Professor Anthony Harnden, from the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation.

Arctic Blue Ocean Event – Going, Going, Gone

Facing Future

Dec 1, 2020

Dr. Peter Wadhams, eminent exploratory ice scientist and emeritus Cambridge professor of Polar Ice Physics, is with us again to discuss the situation in the polar regions, and the approaching Arctic #BlueOceanEvent (BOE), and some of its many ramifications. The BOE is defined as less than 100,000 square km of ice in the Arctic ocean at the annual low point, usually September. An increasing number of estimates by scientific bodies places the first BOE since humans have walked the Earth within the next few years. After that, it’s a downhill slide unless we can figure out how to refreeze the Arctic.

The Arctic may be far from where you and I live, but the disappearance of Arctic ice will have vastly more far-reaching impacts in space and time than that. It basically will knock us silly, as it makes it progressively more difficult for humanity to grow enough food to feed itself. Once BOE occurs in some not very far away September, it will gradually spread to other months, and it will constitute #ClimateFeedback of similarly huge consequences, the flipping of the reflectance (or ‘albedo’) of the Arctic from net reflector to net absorber of the sun’s heating rays. We are, with our daily actions, creating a hell on Earth for our children. We are aware of it, even those who deny it, but we are locked into a system that ignores our imminent danger for the sake of continuing our comfortable lifestyles, and participating in a socio-economic system engineered to benefit the banks and the wealthy few at the expense of the rest of us.

CLF Virtual Gala 2020

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)

2 Dec 2020

Join us live for our 2020 Virtual Gala!

Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago: Linda Gartz

Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refuse mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident. As blacks move deeper into Chicago’s West Side during the 1960s, whites flee by the thousands. But Linda Gartz’s parents, Fred and Lil choose to stay in their integrating neighborhood, overcoming previous prejudices as they meet and form friendships with their African American neighbors. The community sinks into increasing poverty and crime after two race riots destroy its once vibrant business district, but Fred and Lil continue to nurture their three apartment buildings and tenants for the next twenty years in a devastated landscape―even as their own relationship cracks and withers.
After her parents’ deaths, Gartz discovers long-hidden letters, diaries, documents, and photos stashed in the attic of her former home.

Determined to learn what forces shattered her parents’ marriage and undermined her community, she searches through the family archives and immerses herself in books on racial change in American neighborhoods. Told through the lens of Gartz’s discoveries of the personal and political, Redlined delivers a riveting story of a community fractured by racial turmoil, an unraveling and conflicted marriage, a daughter’s fight for sexual independence, and an up-close, intimate view of the racial and social upheavals of the 1960s.

Redlined is now included in the Smithsonian Institution’s libraries at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Some Editorial Reviews

“Linda Gartz’s memoir Redlined offers a ‘ringside seat to black/white race relations and the racist mortgage policies that help explain why this intractable social issue remains with us into the 21st century.'”
The Atlantic

“A stunning debut memoir . . . . A rich remembrance of a captivating, transformative era in American history.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“. . . an exceptionally rich and readable memoir of family, change, and coming of age in the tumultuous 1960s.”
Foreword Clarion Reviews, Five Stars

Redlined is absolutely riveting from cover to cover, all but impossible to put down.”
Midwest Book Review, Reviewer’s Choice

“I didn’t just love reading this memoir, I appreciated it. . . . Redlined is a beacon of enlightenment in our current American society. I finished Gartz’s memoir feeling educated and hopeful.”
Readers’ Favorite, Five Stars

“In this compelling journey into the depths of racism, Linda Gartz peels back the onion of America’s original sin to a new level in a captivating personal story told through the lives of her Chicago family. Gartz probes the invisible web of oppression that affected both whites and blacks. Redlining destroyed the American dream without its victims even knowing it.”
―Bill Kurtis, author of Bill Kurtis On Assignment and The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice, Peabody and Emmy Award-winner, news anchor for CBS Television network, and TV host for A&E

“Many watched from afar as Chicago and other major cities underwent rapid racial change in mid-twentieth century America. Linda Gartz lived it . . . with her sharp eye, excellent writing, and unique perspective, she brings this critical and turbulent period to life.”
―Steve Fiffer, coauthor of Jimmie Lee & James: Two Lives, Two Deaths, and the Movement that Changed America

“Moving and empathetic, Linda Gartz’s memoir illuminates the inner worlds of two generations of white working-class Chicagoans as the daughter of landlords who remained in a struggling black community long after their white neighbors had fled . . . a deeply humane perspective on [how] economic need, racism, and ideals of duty shaped the lives of urban white Americans in the twentieth century.”
―Beryl Satter, Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University, and author of Each Mind a Kingdom: American Women, Sexual Purity, and the New Thought Movement, 1875–1920 and Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America

“Gartz’s unflinching family memoir offers both intimacy and insight into personal and historical injustices. She traces her parents’ marriage through joyful and troubled times in their Chicago neighborhood as they confronted rapid racial change in the 1960s. She deftly interweaves a story of family striving, domestic resentments, and individual decency with the seismic cultural shifts of America’s social and sexual revolutions.”
―Amanda I. Seligman, Chair, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and author of Block by Block: Neighborhoods and Public Policy on Chicago’s West Side

“Fearless and precise in her rendering of the intimate truths of her family, rigorous in her analysis of the banking and housing industries, Gartz has written a book that is impossible to put down. . . . An extraordinary achievement.”
―Sharon Solwitz, author of Once, in Lourdes

“In this remarkable memoir, Linda Gartz [takes] her readers on a journey that is neither sentimental nor nostalgic. Committed to finding the truth at every turn, she tracks not only her own experiences but also the social and cultural changes that reshaped twentieth-century America. The stories she tells and the insights she gains are marked always by clarity and depth.”
―Fred Shafer, School of Professional Studies, Northwestern University

“In Redlined, Linda Gartz explores the contentious elements that define America: family, self-sacrifice, and opportunity, but also inequality, racism, and revolution. Deftly weaving together a treasure trove of detailed firsthand accounts, she provides an absorbing view into the life of a family unwittingly caught up in both its own domestic struggles and the turbulent social reckonings of the 1960s.”
―Anjali Sachdeva, author of All the Names They Used for God

“Linda Gartz mines a wealth of family letters, diaries, memories, and history to tell a vital American story of immigrant dreams, struggles with love, madness, security, work, self-reliance, and heartache―ultimately intersecting with what has become the essential national topic, the racism that weaves itself through all our personal and shared histories. Beautifully told and a compelling read.”
―Jim Grimsley, author of Winter Birds, Dream Boy, My Drowning, Comfort and Joy, Mr. Universe and Other Plays, Boulevard, Kirith Kirin, Forgiveness, The Ordinary, The Last Green Tree, Jesus is Sending You This Message, and How I Shed My Skin

“With tender and open-eyed concern, Linda Gartz adeptly explores how the human need for recognition and equality is waylaid both by doors slammed against legal access and connection and by the tyrannies of power wielded behind closed doors.”
―Anne Calcagno, Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and author of Love Like a Dog

“Deeply personal yet wide in scope, Gartz’s writing seamlessly blends her parents’ struggles as landlords on Chicago’s West Side with the injustices imposed on African Americans by racist housing policies. Redlined is a vivid and historic account of rapid racial change in the community Gartz and I have both called home.”
―Mary Nelson, founding president of Bethel New Life and faculty at Parliament of the World’s Religions and Asset Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University (Chicago)

“Intimate and honest, Gartz’s memoir exposes the complex motivations that intertwine the lives of a white couple with their black tenants and renders one of the twentieth century’s most troubled eras through the lives of those who lived it.”
―Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, MFA, CG, author of You Can Write Your Family History and Tell it Short: A Guide to Writing Your Family History in Brief

“Without a doubt in my mind, Redlined deserves a whopping 4 out of 4 stars. . . . You will be blown away by this book.”

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About the Author

Six-time Emmy-honored Linda Gartz is a documentary producer, author, blogger, educator, and archivist. Her documentaries and TV productions have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and Investigation Discovery, syndicated nation-wide. Her educational videos include Begin with Love, hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Grandparenting, hosted by Maya Angelou. Gartz’s articles and essays have been published in literary journals, online, and in local and national magazines and newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune. Born in Chicago, she studied at both Northwestern and the University of Munich, and has lived most of her adult life in Evanston, IL. She earned her B.A. and M.A.T. degrees from Northwestern.