A month later, what did we learn from climate week?

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Last month I was in New York City for Climate Week 2014 and Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit before heading to Montreal for the U.N. Principles for Responsible Investment. It was a fantastic week with lots of progress, promises and positive action from governments, cities, businesses, investors and citizens on climate issues and responsible business practices.

We must keep up the momentum. I am very optimistic and here’s why.

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Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World. What happened to Canada?

[Editors Note: It's interesting to see the statistic that shows people perceptions vs. actual performance - it would appear that Canada is still benefiting from its past performance BUT for how long. Congratulations to beautiful Vancouver for being ranked as the 4th greenest city.]

How green is your native land? The 4th edition of the Global Green Economy Index, produced by private U.S.-based consultancy Dual Citizen LLC, has just been released, and you can look it up. The index provides an in-depth look at how 60 countries and 70 cities are doing in developing more environmentally friendly economies, in actual performance and in how experts perceive their performance.

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In the world’s greenest city, Copenhagen commuting on bicycle is routine. Photo credit: Shutterstock

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Genocide took 54 years to address – how long until we address Ecocide?

 Why is our system so slow to make changes that most of us would say are obvious?

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The environmental movement was born over 60 years ago with the release of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1952. It then took 20 years for the UN Environment Programme to be established in 1972. Twenty more years passed until the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio where 12-year-old Severn Suzuki made an impassioned plea to world leaders to protect our environment.

Severn Suzuki is now 34 years old – 22 years have passed. Her father, David Suzuki, has recently stated, “Environmentalism has fundamentally failed. We’ve failed to shift the way people see the world.”

For over 60 years we have known of the threats that we humans pose to our environment. We have known, we have talked, we have pledged and we have wavered and to this day, real change has eluded us.

Join TSSS to discuss this very real challenge at our next event on November 12.  Click for details

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Rethinking Prosperity: Government and Business Coming Together

Chrystia Freeland, Author, Thought Leader & Canadian MP

Chrystia Freeland, Canadian MP

The economic system that we have relied on to create prosperity in the past century is beginning to fail us. We are seeing clear signs that our current economic ideology is not guiding us to sustainable prosperity. In fact, the existing system is actively contributing to an unstable climate, resource scarcity, biodiversity loss and a widening gap between the ultra-rich and everyone else.

New panelists include Dr. Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo, and Doug Miller, CEO of GlobeScan

So we’re asking the tough question: How can we achieve prosperity AND protect our planet?

Who needs to lead the way? Are the answers to be found in corporate business strategies or in government regulation? Or both? Or neither? Is our cultural narrative of what it means to be successful sending us in the wrong direction?

How can business, government and citizens alike work together to change course towards a better future, one that is both prosperous and sustainable? AND, what approaches need to be adopted immediately to ensure that we move QUICKLY in that direction?

TWEET ME: Tweet: Join me at “Rethinking Prosperity Panel” w/ Government/Business/Academia #TSSS on Nov 12 http://ctt.ec/Fy449+ #CSR @cafreeland @globescan

On November 12th TSSS is excited to present a distinguished Panel of Experts from Government, Business and Academia to discuss how business and government can come together not only to better define prosperity but also to develop a plan for how to make it happen.


DATE: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
(registration closes November 10th)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30)
NEW LOCATION: University of Toronto, Banting Institute, 100 College St., Rm 131
TWITTERCHAT: #tssschat from 5:15 – 6:00 PM EST

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During the event we will explore issues related to achieving SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY:

  • How do we reach those who believe that a successful economy and a protected environment are mutually exclusive?
  • Could government involvement act as a boon for business rather than an impediment to progress?
  • Why are governments in a debt crisis while many large corporations seem to be growing more profitable every day?
  • Why does government seem to have the needed funds to deal with a banking crisis but not a climate crisis?
  • Is the shrinking middle class really an issue or is it just part of our economic evolution?

And we will explore how we might go about creating A NEW WAY FORWARD:

  • How do we change the conversation about what Canadian prosperity looks like?
  • What is the role of the Corporate Sustainability movement in solving these problems?
  • How can companies become more impactful through their government relations channels?
  • How can individuals (e.g. students, activists, business leaders, consumers) more effectively bring their ideas forward?

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Levi’s: Squeezing the Water Out of Our Jeans

Article from THE HUB

Doing the right thing is rarely easy. It means asking tough questions, taking bold risks and making important changes. And since our company began 161 years ago, we’ve been committed to doing exactly that—on behalf of our employees, consumers, workers, and the planet.

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Levi’s has shown bold leadership in its drive to become more sustainable

Today, one of the biggest initiatives at Levi Strauss & Co. is sustainability. And if we hadn’t asked ourselves the difficult questions, we never would have landed on and launched our most sustainable, innovative, and influential product offering to date: Levi’s Water<Less.

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