We have a spring in our step this month at the Climate Collaborative. More than 250 companies have joined this movement by making climate commitments! Many of you are sharing your successes in implementation as part of our first Tracking Progress Update, and your responses have already made it clear that companies in this industry are acting on climate at scale. We'll be sharing more insights on the update later this year, and until then, we aren't slowing down!
We have a lot in store for the summer: We're launching our second action group, focused on retailers, a new Retailer Toolkit to support value chain engagement, holding a series of packaging webinars, and we'll be planning a Climate Action Summit at Expo East on September 12--mark your calendars, and hope to see you there!
This Sunday is Earth Day, and we have a challenge for you: We know a lot of you are already walking the walk on climate, but we want you to help us spread the "talk" as well. Keep the movement in the natural products industry growing this month by talking with a peer or supplier about what they can be doing to advance climate action. We would like to shout-out Glen's Garden Market in DC for leading the charge and inviting all 75+ of their brands to make climate commitments!
“We're not just running toward a low-carbon future because of climate change. We're running toward it because it's better,” said Climate Day keynote speaker and former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Businesses are stepping up and saying that my customers and business must address climate change because it threatens our economy."
We are less than two weeks away from Climate Day 2018 at Expo West on March 7 - the anniversary of the Climate Collaborative's launch! It represents a huge moment for us to come together as an industry, look back at what we've accomplished so far, and set out to be even more ambitious as we look toward what we can do together to promote climate action this year.
This month at the Climate Collaborative, we want to send a big thank you out to all of you in our community. We are nearing the end of the project’s first year, and with your support, participation, and energy, we are entering 2018 with bigger and better plans to inspire and support action in the natural products industry.
Right now COP23, the UN's annual climate change conference, is winding down in Bonn Germany. Although the only official U.S. event at this year's conference promoted "clean" fossil fuels, other members of the U.S. community have demonstrated strong support for meaningful climate action throughout the conference. More than 2,500 U.S. business, investment, and government leaders have now signed the "We are still in" statement supporting the Paris Agreement, and California Governor Jerry Brown has announced that the state will be hosting next year's Global Climate Action Summit.
From breakfast briefings to happy hours, the enthusiasm for climate action was palpable at last week’s Expo East. In the midst of the bustling trade show floor, we witnessed a passionate, fast-growing community of natural products manufacturers, retailers, distributors and brokers coming together to act on climate.
I feel fortunate to be joining the Climate Collaborative at such an exciting time! All of us at the Collaborative want to send a tremendous thank you to Nancy Hirshberg, who was integral to the launch of the Climate Collaborative and its success to date, as she returns to her sustainability consulting business.
Some sobering news on climate change was released this past month. A new report warns that the temperature goals set in Paris will become nearly impossible to reach should emissions continue to rise beyond 2020, giving us three years to make some serious changes.
There can be no lingering questions about the importance of our work together. The time to address climate change is right NOW.