I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. It has been a tumultuous month, and, in the midst of it, I'm so grateful for the strength of the community we've built here at the Collaborative and to you for being part of it.
It is clear that even as we respond to COVID-19, there remains a more urgent need for climate action than ever. Even today, an announcement is expected which will roll back auto pollution standards in the United States. Christiana Figueres, who led the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the delivery of the 2015 Paris Climate Accords, emphasized in a fantastic Time article this week how vital it is for us to not let the climate movement be derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she lays out a roadmap of ideas on how we can learn valuable lessons from the global response to it, which we can apply to strengthen our work combatting climate change.
This week, I am already energized by the ways in which this crisis has made us all think creatively about the ways we connect with each other virtually. We'll be trying new ways of doing that in the coming months and hope you'll be there with us. In the meantime, we have pulled together a number of new resources--including a compilation of our favorite past webinars to in-depth interviews--for you to check out below. Have a great week, everyone, and stay healthy.
We'll be sharing a big slate of announcements highlighting huge progress in the climate movement you're building with us.
Alongside that, as we go into Climate Day, I have been reflecting on how it truly feels like we're at an inflection point in how businesses are responding to climate change--both globally and within our industry. The signs of this are everywhere, and over the next year, I see a vital opportunity to turn the energy around public climate commitments into concrete collaborative projects and actions, on policy advocacy, regenerative agriculture, food waste, consumer climate engagement, and more. I hope you'll check out some of our work in these areas below, like our newly published packaging case studies.
I hope we can all bring this will to work collaboratively with purpose next week. We'll see you there!
We are busy gearing up for our best Climate Day yet, and I hope we'll see each of you there! We've truly got an incredible line-up: You'll hear from youth climate activists, the CEOs of Seventh Generation, Patagonia, and Danone North America, and we'll convene panels on some of the biggest issues we're facing in the industry, from packaging solutions to regenerative agriculture, food waste, and business innovation. Make sure to RSVP and save your spot, if you haven't already!
Ahead of Climate Day, we are in a race to reach 500 companies committed to action--an incredible milestone ahead of the three-year anniversary of the Climate Collaborative's launch! If you know of a company that hasn't yet made commitments, we invite them to join the community here and be part of the announcement.
Good luck in the lead-up to March! In the meantime, don't miss out on our latest webinar recording below, on regenerative agriculture. It was our most oversubscribed webinar yet, and to those of you who weren't able to join the session live, we hope you'll catch up on it here.
Happy New Year! I hope you've had a restful holiday. As we look toward tackling a new year and a new decade, I'm heartened to see that climate change is already at the forefront of so many conversations--from policy to corporate action and grassroots movements--and looking forward, I'm hopeful about what we can accomplish as a community.
Closing out 2019, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was just named Time's Person of the Year, putting the climate crisis--and the enormous youth movement for climate action--at the center of public attention like never before.
Here at the Climate Collaborative, we grew our network to well over 450 companies--representing farmers, producers, distributors, ingredients manufacturers, and more--and launched exciting new projects on consumer engagement, food waste, and more. We can't wait to work with all of you in 2020, to create meaningful pathways to policy advocacy, as well as new collaborative opportunities on regenerative agriculture and packaging.
We hope you'll bring us your ideas, energy, and a willingness to collaborate. We look forward to working with you in the new year.
As we head into a holiday this week, I want to send out thanks to YOU and to everyone in our community. I'm so grateful you're committed to working with your peers and the industry on climate change.
From packaging to food waste, consumer engagement, policy work and more, there is a lot we plan to accomplish in the next year. And we hope you'll be there every step of the way. We are trying to close a funding gap to enable this work, and we need you to help us get there! We'll announce any new donors on stage at Climate Day 2020. And as ever, thank you to our current donors for enabling everything we do.
All our thoughts this week are with the members of our community who are currently evacuated and/or without power due to the wildfires in California. The now annual, tragic reminder of the impact climate change is already having in CA is maddening and scary for all of us.
It also makes me energized and resolved to keep working with all of you to push forward industry solutions to climate change. And I want to thank you for being on the journey with us.
To that end, we need your help to keep improving our programming to be as effective and actionable as possible. If you haven't already, please fill out our short survey to help inform our 2020 planning. Thank you to those of you who have given us your input!
We also hope you'll give us a new reason to celebrate at Climate Day 2020: Nominate your own company or a peer for the 2020 National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative awards! The deadline for applying is next Friday, November 8. You can also check out an interview with one of last year's winners, Glen's Garden Market, below.
This month we have a huge slate of announcements, so I hope you'll read to the end! Last month proved to be our busiest month ever, with 40+ new companies making over 160 commitments to act! We also released this year's Tracking Progress survey results, showing 71% of companies are making active progress on their climate commitments. Read our Expo East roundup to learn more.
We also launched the 2020 National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards nomination form--we encourage you to nominate yourselves and any peers that have great stories of leadership!
The momentum we see is heartening amid Climate Week and the UN talks last week, where millions of young people came out in a massive climate strike, and companies and governments gathered as part of a climate summit. A major takeaway is that we all need to be doing more, faster.
I hope over the coming days, all of us can ask ourselves what we can do to deepen our commitment to tackling climate change. If you haven't made a commitment, do so today! If you have, consider taking a new step to support the vital work our industry is doing. For those of you that do support us, thank you so much for helping usher in a new wave of industry action, knowledge sharing, and leadership.
This month the IPCC published its first-ever comprehensive report on land use and climate change, drawing out the crucial role land-use plays as both a cause and a solution to climate change.
It makes me so grateful for the momentum I see in this industry--and to that end, we'll be announcing exciting progress in two weeks at Expo East, including the findings of this year's Tracking Progress Update.
This month we have a great example of how industry can come together to move the needle on responding to climate change: Four major auto companies have made a deal with California to reduce auto emissions in the face of larger federal regulatory rollback.
Our community has a similar opportunity to come together and drive meaningful change in our own sector. I hope you'll help us do this, by bringing your ideas and will to collaborate to each of our upcoming events! We have a lot of them--make sure to check out them out at the bottom of this email.
I hope you'll join us in Baltimore for our Expo East session on Sept. 12--we've got a great lineup of speakers this year, including Seventh Generation, Stonyfield, and climate solutions leader Jurriaan Kamp. Hope to see you there!
Two pieces of good news on the climate front: Earlier this month, New York State passed the most ambitious state-level climate goals to date and a new study shows that one-sixth of the global economy is covered by net zero carbon goals.
We are so proud of the leading role the natural products industry is taking on climate and we hope that YOU can help us grow this movement!
Our request is simple – just send this letter to 3-5 of your industry peers and/or suppliers and ask them to join you. Just let me know if you need this letter in another format.
We're looking forward to spotlighting anyone who joins us at Expo East during our Collaborating on Climate session with Stonyfield, Seventh Generation and Glen’s Garden market on Thursday, September 12. We hope to see you there--RSVP here!