One Earth Executive Director and Co-Founder Vanessa Timmer was awarded the Top 40 under 40, given by Business in Vancouver to entrepreneurs and business leaders. She was interviewed by Tim Weekes for CBC TV and you can watch it here. The article profiling her win is here. And a few excerpts...
One Earth co-hosted a North American workshop to transform how we make, use and throw away stuff (workshop website). It brought together 40 participants from across sectors from the 7-9 October, including Annie Leonard (The Story of Stuff Project), Bob Massie (The New Economics Institute), Chad Park (The Natural Step), Janis Timm-Bottos (La Ruche D’Art), Eleni Sotos (The Sustainability Funders) and others. This meeting is part of the evolving process aimed at aligning our efforts in order to create tangible strategic changes in consumption and production systems. The workshop was hosted by the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread at their campus in Racine, Wisconsin. This workshop was an experiment in a new way of interrelating across our diverse areas of work through the approach of systems mapping. We explored high leverage intervention points which can lead to 2-3 solutions spaces for experimentation with smaller working groups supported by systems approaches in 2014. Co-sponsors include: J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Cities for People, The Johnson Family Foundation, The Garfield Foundation, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and the Planning Team.
One Earth is happy to share the results of the Advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production in North America Workshop. This workshop was a sharing and strategy session among stakeholders engaged in advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP), including US and Canada government representatives, civil society, academia, private sector and international organizations. This meeting was organized by the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NARSPAC) in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme – Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA). It included representatives of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF-SPC) from the North American region. The results of the meeting was shared at UNEP RONA’s North American Major Groups and Stakeholders consultation (12-13 December 2012).
The One Earth team was in Rio for the United Nations conference. While in Rio, One Earth Director and UBC Professor Emeritus Bill Rees and Global Footprint Network President Mathis Wackernagel were awarded the Kenneth E. Boulding Award and the Blue Planet Prize for their work co-creating the Ecological Footprint. Since, Bill Rees’ article, The Way Forward: Survival 2100, was published in the Solutions Journal. Read his article here.
Bill notes key steps to be taken in the coming decades – systemic, economic – and explores how our unique human capacity can support this transition. He writes, “Four critical intellectual and emotional qualities distinguish people from other advanced vertebrates. Humans have:
Launch of the GRF SPC, June 2012: "Global and Regional Research on Sustainable Consumption & Production: Achievements, Challenges, and Dialogues"
One Earth is one of the co-founders of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF), which was launched in June (13-15) 2012 in Rio de Janeiro in the lead-up the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as the Rio+20 Earth Summit.
The two-and-a-half-day workshop was divided between a focus on the production of sustainable-production-and-consumption research and its communication and application in practice.
For full workshop details, including the agenda, list of participants and their bios, click here.
One Earth Initiative submitted a petition to the Government of Canada in December 2011, which can be viewed on the Auditor General's website. The responses have started coming back from the Government, with the first reply from Foreign Affairs and International Trade. One Earth asks about the Government of Canada’s consultation with the public and provinces in preparing its position prior to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). One Earth also seeks clarification about Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, about its future plans and regulations to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and about its reporting on reductions. One Earth asks the government about its carbon pricing plans and how it measures financial assistance to the oil and gas sector. In addition, One Earth asks whether the government intends to develop and use alternative measures, such as well-being indicators, in addition to traditional measures of economic activity, such as gross domestic product, and if it plans to integrate fair trade concerns into public procurement. The first reply is from Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Environment Canada, Finance Canada, Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Treasury Board are expected to reply in the coming month.
What is sustainable consumption? How does efficient use of resources drive economic prosperity? How will this transform our lifestyles and the basic structure of our economic system? One Earth partnered with Metro Vancouver to explore these and other key questions
with some of North America's experts and leading thinkers from the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), who were in Vancouver for their annual workshop "Challenging consumerism: Toward living well sustainably".
Watch the video of the Breakfast talk here: http://bcove.me/yzuol653 (1h24m).
Vanessa is back in Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council as the North American civil society representative. It is a historic occasion because it’s the 40th anniversary of the founding of UNEP – all of the past Executive Directors are returning to review our collective progress over the past 40 years. Vanessa is joining in this dialogue and helping to shape civil society engagement in the UN. The main themes of the meeting are institutional frameworks / governance and the green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development. The delegates are also talking about oceans, ecosystems, chemicals, waste, future scenarios and preparations for the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.
One Earth is proud to have submitted its comments to the United Nations in the lead-up to Rio+20! All stakeholders were invited by the UN to submit, by November 1, 2011, ideas to be included in a compilation text that will serve as a basis to prepare the conference’s outcome document.
Some of the key elements we call for include:
Read One Earth's full submission here.
One Earth, a member of the Canadian Earth Summit Coalition and active supporter of the We Canada initiative, participated in the elaboration of the Coalition’s submission to the UN. Read the Coalition's submission here.
One Earth Executive Director, Vanessa Timmer, is Fulbrighter of the Month. You can click here for the newsletter story: http://www.fulbright.ca/programs/canadian-students/traditional-awards/Vanessa-Timmer.html.
Fulbright Canada is a bi-national, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in the US and Canada, and engage them in residential academic exchange; it provides support to students, graduate students, scholars, teachers, and independent researchers through a variety of programs which are open to individuals in all academic fields with the exception of medical training.
Ten years after having been a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University (2002-2003), Vanessa is collaborating again as an associate with the Sustainability Science Program within the Kennedy School’s Centre for International Development. She will be working with the team at Harvard on innovation and sustainability, particularly focused on global public goods.
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