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The future is today!

“The future is today!” was the refrain shared so many times during the COP24 conference these past couple days. As the global community works toward further reducing carbon emissions across all sectors, that was the key theme reiterated throughout many sessions. Each sector is called upon to do their part, from government to businesses, investors, […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 12

The high-level segments of COP24 have truly taken off as it’s crunch time for Parties to finalize their contributions to the Paris Agreement rulebook. Ministers and heads of state from around the world arrived this week to pair off into negotiating teams that will produce a more concise draft. The tension is running high as […]

It’s All About Ambition

The word ambition is used frequently at COP24. Ambition, by definition, means to have a strong desire to achieve something, which applies to all the delegates working on climate change solutions at COP24. “The Ambition Loop,” a report just prior to COP24 last month by United Nations Global Compact, We Mean Business, and World Resources […]

We Are Still In

Recent reports such as the IPCC Climate Change Report and the 4th National Climate Assessment, say fewer than 12 years remain to make changes to see results that align with keeping the climate from no more than 1.5 degrees of warming. As a result, many U.S. businesses attended the engaging events at the We Are […]

U.S. Climate Action

The U.S. doesn’t have an official pavilion at COP24. Many countries have varying degrees of elaborate pavilions showcasing their efforts on climate change and some have areas for presentations. For example, here is Thailand’s pavilion. However, the World Wildlife Fund allowed their pavilion to be switched over to the U.S. Climate Action Center for four […]

Donald Trump Wants To Take Your Beer Away

As you may have heard, the United States delegation was met with laughter and disbelief at their panel here yesterday. “We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability,” said Wells Griffith, Trump’s adviser. While this is horrific enough, I’ve met several organizations here […]

Circular Economy and Magic

The last couple of days, I’ve attended a number of inspiring sessions at an official affiliate event, the Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF). SIF brings together 600 delegates who are focused on developing the green economy. Circular economy was one of the four tracks at the event, and with Best Buy’s focus on extending the life […]

30,000 People Eating is a Lot of GHGs!

So thrilled to be here in Poland and see the excitement and commitment to climate change around me. While I stood in line for registration, I met environmental advocates from Tel Aviv talking about the nutritional value of a good hummus dish and two women from Marrakesh talking about traditional braised greens. As someone who […]

Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action Announcement

It has been a rainy day in Katowice. Despite the cool weather, both the Sustainable Innovation Forum and COP24 are buzzing with energy, inspiring conversations, and ambitious announcements. Target is proud to join dozens of leading fashion brands and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in signing onto the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, with the aim […]

Sustainable Innovation Forum

Sunday was an official “day off” from official COP24 events, other than the high-level negotiators. I attended the Sustainable Innovation Forum, which was an official affiliate event at a hotel in downtown Katowice. Some of the description from the website: “Where policy-makers and climate technology innovators meet. The Sustainable Innovation Forum presents a crucial opportunity […]