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A photo of a field recently cleared of trees for soybean planting in Curuguaty, Paraguay (Photo by Wanqing Zhou, taken in fall 2014).
The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG), a joint initiative of the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, has announced the winners of the fifth edition of the ICCG Climate Think Tank Rankings, the rankings of the most cutting-edge worldwide institutions conducting research and policy support in the field of climate change. The ICCG think tank’s evaluation is based on a solid quantitative methodology and solid analytical data. Think tanks were assessed and classified on the basis of their performances in a set of 15 indicators, structured in three main pillars: Activities, Publications and Dissemination
Executive Director at Brighter Green, Mia MacDonald, and Sustainability Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, Stephanie Feldstein, co-wrote an oped titled, “Beef Exports a Raw Deal for Global Climate.” This article explores the impacts of a new trade agreement between the U.S. and China on the climate and the food system. This trade agreement will open Chinese markets to American beef for the first time since 2003. The production of meat requires an enormous amount of natural resources, water and land, as well as being a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, with beef making up the largest share. Governments should be helping their citizens to eat in more sustainable, climate-friendly, and healthy ways, but this agreement is doing the opposite. You can read the full article here.June 28, 2017
Brighter Green associates Caroline Wimberly and Wanqing Zhou will be speaking on a panel at the 2017 US Climate Action Network (USCAN) Annual Meeting this week in Richmond, VA. USCAN has about 168 members, while the larger CAN International network has over 1100 member in over 120 countries.
The breakout session on Food, Agriculture, and Climate will also include Tonya Rawe from CARE; Pete Kolbenschlag from Colorado Food and Farm Alliance; and Kelly Stone from ActionAid. The session will cover domestic and international policy in issues related to food/agriculture and climate change, including hunger, food security, livelihoods, industrialized meat and feed production, biofuels, campaigning, and partnerships; and will relay heavily on discussion and ideas for next steps.June 5, 2017
Caroline Wimberly spoke about Brighter Green’s work, especially in China, at PS244 in Flushing, Queens yesterday. The school has gained attention for being the first public school in the United States to serve exclusively vegetarian meals. The school made the transition in 2013, and has been lauded by kids and health experts alike. Similar programs have launched in another school in New York and a private school in California. Both schools in New York transitioned with the help of the Coalition for Healthy School Food, a nonprofit that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community. Thanks to the Coalition for letting us be a part of your family night at PS 244!May 17, 2017
Brighter Green will be collaborating with our colleagues at the Global Forest Coalition (GFC) and the Friends of the Siberian Forests (FSF) on an event at this year’s Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB 46 Bonn).
Registration is now open for the Reducetarian Summit, a two day conference by the Reducetarian Foundation, which will bring together perspectives and technologies from all corners of the world to explore how to create a more equitable, compassionate and sustainable food system. The central question of the 2017 Reducetarian Summit is: “How do we as individuals, organizations, communities, and societies work to systematically decrease meat consumption?”
Our documentaries, What’s For Dinner? and Six Years On, are being screened in Cambodia. This will be their premiere in Southeast Asia. The screening will take place at the META HOUSE on February 8th, at 7pm. Learn MoreJanuary 31, 2017
What’s for Dinner? and Six Years On are being shown at the Hong Kong EcoCinema Festival. These documentaries provide a unique look into the rapidly growing consumption of meat in China and the increasing industrialization of agriculture. The theme of this year’s festival is “biodiversity” and other films will focus on food, oceans, plastic, and the environment.December 8, 2016