Welcome to this week’s edition of our Climate Joy series. This is our twenty-second week of collating and presenting to you bits of good news in the fight to save our planet and we are still riding high.
This week, we bring you good news from the fashion world G7 Summit in Japan on the one hand, and on the other side of the world, some good development as regards combating the Amazon fires to save the rainforest for us all.
Now as they say without further ado, let’s jump right into it shall we…
The leaders of the G7 countries have announced that the body would be donating an emergency aid of $20 million to the Amazonian countries to help in combating the fires ravaging through the forest. This announcement was made shortly after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that his country lacked the money to fight the fires, and it has brought hope to many earth lovers across the globe. Now it is not clear whether Brazil will accept this generous donation as Bolsonaro had previously relayed that Brazil was being treated like “a colony or no man’s land,” while denouncing the creation of an international alliance to save the Amazon as an attack on his nation’s sovereignty; so fingers crossed on that end.
Regardless, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced that his country would be sending water bombers to aid in the fight against the fires in the Amazon. This will also be accompanied by the sum of CAD$15 million dollars (US$11.3 million). He made this announcement after the G7 meeting in France.
On the same note, Earth Alliance has announced that it would be donating $5 million to aid in fighting the fires in the Amazon. The environmental group co-founded by American actor Leonardo DiCaprio, announced that the funds will go directly towards the fire and will be managed by local partners and tribes. We remain hopeful and joyful in the wake of all positive actions in the face of the Amazon fires just as we eagerly entreat Brazil to accept the aid offered.
Last week the world’s major fashion companies signed a sustainable fashion pact at the G7 Summit in France. The agreement specifies a set of shared objectives the fashion industry can work toward to reduce its environmental impact. The objectives are science-based targets in three areas: global warming (the objective being to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in order to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius until 2100), restoring biodiversity (with a focus on restoring natural ecosystems and protecting species), and preserving the oceans (namely by reducing the use of single-use plastics).
The fashion pact, an initiative of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, comes three months after Kering chair and CEO Francois-Henri Pinault revealed he’d been selected by Macron to establish those objectives and assemble a “coalition” of brands at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit.
Some of the signatories include PVH (which owns Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger), and at this weekend’s summit, Macron reported that 32 companies (and roughly 150 brands) have signed up in total.
Hasbro has announced that it would be ditching plastic on the packaging of its new games and toys. The plan, which will begin in 2020, will encompass its portfolio of iconic brands like Monopoly, Nerf, My Little Pony and Power Rangers.
The plastic packaging items to be removed include elements like polybags, elastic bands, shrink wrap, window sheets and blister packs. The company’s ambition is to eliminate virtually all plastic in packaging for new products by the end of 2022.
According to Hasbro Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner, this is another step in Hasbro’s drive towards a sustainable future for the company. The company has implemented other sustainability initiatives including eliminating wire ties in 2010 and adding How2Recycle® labeling in 2016, to the use of plant-based bioPET in 2018, and most recently, launching an industry-leading toy recycling program with TerraCycle®.
Two thumbs up Hasbro!
Marriott, the world’s biggest hotel chain has announced that it would be ditching its plastic travel-sized tubes of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel with larger bottles in an attempt to reduce plastic waste. According to the hotel, the switch is part of a larger test that it implemented in some of its North American hotels last year. The new bottles will be made with recyclable plastic.
The change will affect roughly 500,000 guest rooms and will be made at most of its 7,000 hotels around the world by December 2020. Marriott owns several popular brands, including Courtyard, Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels and Sheraton.
Marriott relayed that the small bottles currently used aren’t usually recycled. Once the change is fully implemented, the hotel chain said it expects to reduce its plastic disposal by 30%, or nearly 2 million pounds of plastic it sends to landfills annually.
Brazil has been the center of negative attention these past few weeks hasn’t it? Well, here’s a little positive news for you to consume. Jair Bolsonaro the Brazilian President has finally announced a ban on land clearing fires in the country. This ban which comes into force immediately is slated to last for 60 days and comes amid heavy criticism of the President’s stance and policies regarding the fires and the environment.
The fires raging in the Amazon have been traced to farmers using the fire to clear the forest for cultivation and cattle farming. This year’s fires have been worse because of the tacit encouragement by President Bolsonaro and his administration.
While the ban is nowhere near enough as a solution, it may provide a much needed foundation that will encourage efforts to end the fires and preserve the rainforest.
And that’s it for this week folks.
Be sure to drop by next week for another edition. Until then, make sure to spread the Climate Joy far and wide!
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Feature image via Marriott Hotel International.