When reflecting upon her childhood in Bangladesh, Rebeca Sabnam recalls wading through waist-length waters to get to school. But when she moved to New York City, things changed. Sabnam realized this frequent occurrence wasn’t normal. And, more importantly, it needed to change. Sabnam, now 17, is a staunch advocate for...
Meet Elsa Mengistu: The Story Of A 19-Year-Old Howard University Student Fighting Environmental Racism
“I do not believe climate change is a social justice issue. I know it is a social justice issue.” These are the words of 19-year-old climate justice activist Elsa Mengistu, an Ethiopian-born North Carolina native. Mengistu acts as a strong voice in the fight against climate change and environmental racism.
EPA chief: the new USMCA trade agreement is “the first time environmental provisions are the center of a North American Trade Agreement”
Recently, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will be “the first time ever environmental provisions are the center of a North American Trade Agreement.”. In a teleconference announcing the deal, Wheeler shared that unlike the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, an agreement Trump hoped to...
What do Q-tips and tissues have in common? Danish startup LastObject makes reusable ones in hopes of ending throwaway culture
When Kaare Frandsen and siblings Nicolas and Isabel Aagaard first started working together, they focused on designing chairs and kitchenware. But after a few years, they believed there seemed to be enough chair designs. What the world didn’t have, however, was enough eco-friendly alternatives to single-use consumer goods. The trio discovered 1.5 billion single-use Q-tips were created every day. They’re made just to be thrown out after a few seconds of use. So, they created LastObject, a company that sells two main products: reusable, eco-friendly Q-tips and tissues.
Meet Coyote Peterson: The Story Of How An Acclaimed YouTuber Uses His Platform Of 17 Million Subscribers To Spark Environmental Action
With over 17 million subscribers and 3 billion views, YouTuber Coyote Peterson has recaptured the charm of wildlife contemporaries like Steve Irwin and Les Stroud. He’s stepped inside a volcano, gotten his hand stung by painful insects, and swum with giant stingrays. Back when he studied film in college, Peterson...
Italian researchers find rising global temperatures and air conditioning costs may drive low-income families into energy poverty
On a hot summer day, the air thick with humidity, nothing feels better than grabbing a popsicle and sitting by the closest AC vent. What has many scientists concerned, however, is that extreme heat will increase the need for air conditioning. In a recent study, Italian researchers analyzed AC expenditures in eight different industrialized countries and found it could drive low-income households into energy poverty—even ones in developed nations.
Major airlines at SFO will use sustainable aviation fuel from Finland company Neste to reduce carbon emissions
Neste, a Finland-based oil refining and marketing company, has announced its first delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). On average, SFO has over 57 million passengers a year; and its commitment to move away from traditional fuels can serve as an example for airports nationwide.
New Trump administration policy may restrict sustainability investing, making it more difficult to invest in ESG funds that ‘put social goals before profits’
The Trump administration is back with another policy change affecting the environment: restricting American’s access to ESG funds. Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a change to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). This amendment will block retirement fund managers’ investment decisions “that put social goals before profits.”
1.5 acres can change an entire community: how vertical farming startup Eden Green Technology is tackling food insecurity during Covid-19
This byline is sponsored by Eden Green Technology, a Dallas-Fort Worth vertical farming startup that has committed to matching produce sales 1-for-1 with food donations to local nonprofits, and written by CEO Eddy Badrina. Toilet paper. The run on rolls dominated the news cycle, and the grocery lines. Lost in...
More than half of the world’s turtle and tortoise species are now threatened with extinction, according to a new study published by 51 experts
On the island of Madagascar, locked gates, razor-wire fences, and 24-hour armed guards protect one of the world’s rarest treasures. That treasure, worth roughly $50,000 each on the black market, is the last wild population of the critically endangered ploughshare tortoise, the rarest tortoise on the planet. The ploughshare tortoise...
Some good news: California's new $10 million fund is just in time to help farmers and ranchers during Covid-19
The Conservation Stewardship Program received $10 million to provide subsidies for farmers, ranchers, and forestland managers. And according to a USDA press release, it will fund those working on or starting new conservation projects. The funding will also focus on areas including enhancing soil health, changing weather patterns, and irrigation. The fund's announcement comes at an especially crucial time as Covid-19 brings more financial hardships to farmers.
Meet Dylan Soh, the 17-year-old who built a new, LEGO-like hydroponic system to make cities self-sufficient
When Dylan Soh was just 11 years old, he presented a TEDx Talk in Singapore on the future of urban farming and sustainable cities. And by the time he was 13, he had raised $25,000 on Kickstarter for his first invention, the ‘GIYstick,’ which "reuses bottles and fabric to make any pot self-watering."
Brands that don't include these three points in their sustainability marketing risk alienating Generation Z
Generation Z already spends an estimated $44 billion a year in the US just on themselves. And the demographic influences an additional $600 billion in spending by others. In other words, it's a group that sustainability marketing does not want to leave out.