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).
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.
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 organized the civil society consultations in preparation for Rio + 20 Earth Summit (UNCSD) 2012, with the Liu Institute for Global Studies (UBC) and the United Nations Environment Programme. The reports are available on the consultation website and were provided to the Government of Canada. One Earth was invited to do so by the Canadian Environmental Network with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (SF) The other Canadian hosts are: Secrétariat des organismes environnementaux du Québec, QC; Saskatchewan Environmental Society, SK; Conservation Council of New Brunswick, NB; Whale Release and Strandings, NL; Centre de droit international du développement durable, QC; Manitoba Eco-Network, MB; Sustainability Education in Nova Scotia for Everyone, NS; Alberta Environmental Network, AB; One Earth Initiative, BC; Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, ON. Find out more about the other cross-Canada consultations.
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