Many people are often confused about where to go for information related to climate change and actions they can take to increase the likelihood of a decarbonized world. Therefore, I have compiled a list of sites that may be of interest to individuals looking to learn more about climate change and also take action. These sites are unique in that they are different from the usual material presented on the subject.
Collaboration in Cities: From Sharing to Sharing Economy (World Economic Forum) explores the expanding role of the sharing economy in cities and identifies opportunities for cities to engage in sharing practices. The report features case studies from 10 cities around the world— including Seattle, London, New York, and Amsterdam— where sharing is already transforming the lives of citizens.
The CEO Guide to Climate-related Financial Disclosures (WBCSD) provides CEOs with guidance on how to best align their organizations with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures which draws on insight from CEOs of 25 WBCSD member companies.
2017 Cone Gen Z CSR Study: How to Speak Z (Cone Communications) finds that 94 percent of “Gen Z” believes companies should play a role in addressing social and environmental issues, compared to 87 percent of millennials. The report also finds that 89 percent of Generation Z prefers to buy from companies that support social and environmental issues over a company that does not support these issues. However, only 65 percent review corporate social responsibility efforts prior to making a purchase.
Focused Acceleration: A Strategic Approach to Climate Action in Cities to 2030 (McKinsey Center for Business and Environment and C40) details 12 opportunities across four action areas— decarbonizing the grid, optimizing energy efficiency in buildings, enabling next-generation mobility, and improving waste management— that have the greatest potential to put cities on track to meet targets set out by the Paris Agreement and limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Growing Green Finance (Ethical Corporation) offers insight into the state of green finance and the key efforts driving its growth. Key topics discussed in the briefing include:
- What needs to be done for green finance to go mainstream;
- Turning risk into climate rewards for developing countries;
- How financial technology is financing the SDGs;
- Innovating to make an impact— green finance disruptors;
- The role forests have to play in limiting climate change and the lack of current funding to end deforestation.
How to Do Better: An Exploration of Practices within the Footwear Industry (Change Your Shoes) explores sustainability best practice in the footwear industry across five key areas: improving working conditions; occupational health and safety; freedom of association; environmental impact; and supply-chain transparency and traceability.
Lasting Impact: The Need for Responsible Exits (Global Impact Investing Network) highlights a range of investment strategies— pre-investment, at the time of investment, during the investment, and at the time of exit— that impact investors have used to meet liquidity objectives while also ensuring the long-term sustainable impact of their investments. The report features case studies from Adobe Capital, Lok Capital, Beartooth Capital, and LeapFrog.
Now it’s time for you to calculate your own carbon footprint. This calculation provides a carbon footprint estimate by looking at three areas: home energy, transportation and waste. This will help guide in determining actions you can take to reduce your own carbon footprint.