The big announcement this month is that the CC is seeking a new Executive Director, and we want your help finding the best candidate out there! You can find the job ad here. Please share it on your LinkedIn and through your personal networks. We know this community has fabulous relationships with leaders who could usher our work into its next phase, so we thank you in advance for helping us in this search! I'll be stepping back in late April to take on a new role with the Rocky Mountain Institute as their Corporate Engagement Director, and I will truly miss working with every one of you!
However, this won’t be slowing down our programming or work around that transition, starting with a fabulous virtual climate programming session at Expo West--RSVP here if you haven't already! You can also expect to continue hearing from us about new resources, webinars, and advocacy opportunities. Our fantastic team of Caitlin Oleson, Programs and Operations Manager, CC intern Mackenzie Marcotte, CC Co-founder and Advisor Nancy Hirshberg, and our fantastic board, will be carrying our work forward until our new leadership steps in.
I can't wait to see what's next in our work--you have all given me so much hope in our collective ability to transform how the food system tackles climate change. Thank you for being part of this community!
Have a great weekend, and take care,
This month brought more positive news on the climate front, with the U.S. formally rejoining the Paris Climate Accords. More than 700 companies in the CC partner network signed on to support this back in December through the America is All in Statement, and I hope every one of you stops to celebrate this win!
We also saw these past few days, with the horrific storm in Texas, how unprepared our nation's power infrastructure is for climate change. There will be upcoming infrastructure-related advocacy opportunities; if you want to stay in the loop, be sure to sign up for our new policy newsletter below.
Lastly, if you missed them, I highly recommend catching up on two must-watch webinars we held this month: Our climate justice webinar featured an exclusive deep dive into the new B Lab Climate Justice Playbook, and yesterday's food waste training served as a masterclass for the new ReFED Insights Engine, a new tool that can help every company in our community better define their food waste strategy. Be sure to give us your feedback on both; we'll be covering these topics throughout the year to come.
Have a great weekend, and take care,
We are less than one month into 2021 and just a week into a new administration, and already there are some bright spots on the climate horizon: The U.S. is back in the Paris Climate Agreement. A new suite of executive orders on climate is expected today, banning drilling leases on federal land, creating an emissions reduction task force, naming climate as a national security priority, conserving 30% of federal land and water by 2030, and more. This builds on the ambitious climate plan that President Biden has outlined.
All of this is happening alongside research showing that a growing, substantial majority of Americans support climate policies, emissions reduction strategies, and investments in clean energy--and that 86% of voters support providing federal funding to help farmers improve farming practices to protect and restore the soil so it absorbs and stores more carbon.
We can't miss this opportunity to act, with both political will and consumer support backing climate action. This will be a vital year for every company in our community to think through how you are showing up to support federal efforts, communicating climate priorities to your consumers, and collaborating across your supply chains to deepen climate engagement and action. We have a narrow window and so much potential to make meaningful strides in improving our industry response to climate change and our national response.
I hope you'll start by joining next week's climate-justice-centered webinar for a sneak peek at resources and leading expertise on how to apply a justice lens to all your climate priorities. We hope to see you there!
I hope you are all about to head into a few days of much-needed rest and relaxation. I imagine many of us relish saying goodbye to 2020; as we do that, I just want to thank you and say how grateful I am to you and to the whole CC community this year, for continuing to be so committed to pushing forward on climate action.
You can see below the results of this year's Tracking Progress update, which showed that CC companies have been resilient in the face of COVID, with 70% still actively implementing commitments. More than a third of respondents reported that their climate efforts have been unchanged by the pandemic, or that they've redoubled their efforts.
This level of continued commitment and progress is no small feat. You can read more of what we've done, from welcoming 217 new companies into our network to partnering in the largest business advocacy day on climate ever in this short blog. We have even more planned for 2021, so stay tuned!
And, if you are able and don't yet support the CC, I hope you'll consider making a tax-deductible donation to keep our work going as we look toward next year. Every bit helps in keeping the work we do free and accessible to thousands of companies.
Thank you for being part of this community! I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and can't wait to get back to work with you all in 2021.
I hope you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Amid the challenges this year has presented, I have never been more grateful for you and the community we've built at the CC. Thank you for your continued dedication to climate advocacy and action.
It's incredible to see the 2,500+ strong climate commitments you've made to date--on packaging, regenerative agriculture, food waste, and more. In the next year, we want to increase our impact even more. With your help, we have a real opportunity to build an ambitious national response to climate change as part of the COVID economic recovery. If you'd like a primer on how we may get there, you can watch this short video of Dr. Leah Stokes, recorded for CC companies.
For all the companies receiving this, there is also one easy way to indicate you stand strong for climate action: Join 300+ of your peers in signing on to the We Are All in Letter, signaling that the COVID recovery and climate action must go hand-in-hand. You can sign on anytime before Tuesday, December 8. Thank you in advance, and know that all of us at the CC are proud and grateful to work with you, and we are looking forward to the year ahead.
I hope this finds you healthy and safe. With a continued spate of wildfires ravaging the west and hurricanes in the southeast, this year continues to highlight the ways in which climate change is actively threatening our lives and livelihoods.
We have more work to do than ever, but the global response to COVID-19 is already providing a roadmap of just how possible an ambitious national response to climate change could be.
Less than a week from the U.S.'s formal pullout of the Paris Agreement, and an election that will determine the next national phase of climate action, we are busy planning how to give you pathways to act and advocate in the coming months, from sign-on letters to advocacy opportunities and new tools to help you act on climate. Stay tuned to hear more, and please share your ideas and feedback with us.
We loved hearing from many of you as part of our Spark Your Day breakfast meetup on October 13, which featured speakers from General Mills, Lundberg, and companies from across our network. One big and hopeful takeaway was that many of you are not only not slowing down on climate this year, but rather are ramping up your commitments and work. Thank you for everything you are doing, and we look forward to helping you keep it up!
Living in California these last two months has put into stark relief the fact that climate change is not a future-tense problem, but an immense present-tense problem: It is happening now, all around us.
I'm heartened to see a few signs of hope and progress this month. Governor Newsom recently announced California will phase out the sale of new gasoline cars by 2035. Last week, Walmart, the world's largest retailer, committed to reach Net Zero emissions by 2040 and become a regenerative company--without using offsets. Climate change even received unprecedented time and coverage in last night's presidential debate. And companies like Patagonia are finding creative ways to raise their voice in opposition to climate denial.
If you are leading any climate advocacy efforts in the coming weeks, we would love to hear about it. In the meantime, I want to close by sending out a huge thank you to the companies that have stepped up and become CC donors this year. You are enabling everything we do, and if this year has shown us anything, it's that we must continue to come together and keep pushing toward a more equitable, low-carbon future. So thank you!
I am writing from a smoke-filled California, where another fire season makes it impossible to forget the urgency of our work. Climate change is happening all around us, and I hope all of you who have been affected by the fires and gulf storms the past few weeks are staying safe and healthy.
And to all of you, thank you for being part of a community committed to bold, urgent climate action! If you're wondering how to have a bigger impact in your efforts, we hope you'll take part in getting out the climate vote. This fall, we'll keep sharing opportunities to engage in advocacy, and we'll convene virtual regenerative farmer roundtables, packaging sessions, climate justice talks, more, so stay tuned (and if you haven't already, consider making a policy advocacy commitment)! We also want to hear from you--send us your ideas and feedback at [email protected]
In late September, Climate Week (the largest global climate summit in 2020) will go virtual for the first time ever, so you can join from right from your home desk or couch. There are already events up covering packaging, climate justice, climate policy, and more--most are free. You can see the full schedule and sign up here. We hope to "see you" there!
I hope this finds you healthy and safe, and that you've found some time to enjoy your summer. It's been moving and powerful to see how engaged and motivated this community has continued to be over the past few months, and that hasn't slowed down!
On the policy front, Vice President Biden announced a $2 trillion climate plan earlier this month, laying out ambitious to tackle emissions across the electricity, transportation, and building sectors and integrating climate justice measures as core to the plan. Just last week, 79 of you signed on to support renewable tax credit inclusion in the upcoming stimulus, sending a vital signal to Congressional leaders that businesses back a clean energy future.
We've also seen hundreds of people sign up for next week's advocacy training--if you're not yet one of them, sign up here! You won't want to miss the special address from Tom Steyer or the best practices shared by our friends at Ceres, ASBC, and BCL. Make sure to watch Stonyfield Co-founder Gary Hirshberg's message calling on the industry to get involved below.
We hope everyone will be making their voices heard supporting a climate-smart COVID recovery in the coming months. We'll be working hard to make doing so as easy as possible for you.
I hope you are continuing to stay healthy and safe. We've reached the halfway point of 2020, and what a year it's been already. There are so many vital issues requiring our time, attention, and action right now.
Thank you for continuing to champion climate action in your work amid it all. It is more important than ever, and this year has shown clearly how no issues exist in a vacuum. Climate change is a racial justice issue, and climate action is vital to preventing another system shock like this pandemic.
Because the next crisis will likely be a climate crisis, and we have so much opportunity before us to ensure we are prepared and resilient in the face of future crises. We will be providing you with new opportunities to engage on this front in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, make sure to check out our new impact report, where you can see a snapshot of our community's progress three years in. If you like what you see, please consider supporting our work this year. We do need your help: We've seen tremendous growth in commitments and programming, but it's been a difficult year financially, and we are asking any who can to step up and support our community's work.
You can see sponsorship benefits and levels here, and commit to being a donor here. We'll profile you every chance we get! We currently have just over 50 sustaining donors, and we are hoping to reach 100 donors this year. Thank you to any and all who can support our community's work and help us reach that goal!
Have a great July 4, and stay healthy!