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21 February 2014 – Last Friday, 14 February, the world rose up to demand an end to violence against women and girls. For the second year in a row, women, men, and youth in 200 countries took part in the ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE campaign, the largest mass action in human history to end gender-based violence.
For 48 hours as 14 February rolled across the globe, activists peacefully gathered outside places where women are entitled to justice and focused the world’s attention on the issue of injustice for all survivors of gender violence and delivered passionate calls for ending the rampant impunity that prevails globally. (more…)
I am excited to share that the Turner Foundation has been working to advance improvements in the Georgia solar market through policy reform. This effort is already paying off. Yesterday afternoon, we won an important victory when the Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) made public a new proposed agreement with Georgia Power Co. In the new stipulation, Georgia Power dropped its proposed solar tax after experiencing overwhelming Commission and staff disapproval. (more…)
Last week, I had the honor of co-hosting Sir Jonathon Porritt at Georgia Tech to speak about his new book The World We Made. Jonathon is a pioneer in sustainability development and an advisor to The Prince of Wales, he has been closely involved in developing sustainability strategies for companies. He is also a former director of Friends of the Earth, founder and director of Forum for the Future, an eminent commentator, author and broadcaster.
I first met Jonathon at The Global Summit for the Travel and Tourism Council in Abu Dhabi earlier this year where we were both speakers. However, I first became familiar with him when my father published his book Save The Earth in 1991 and have long since been an admirer. He has been a major global influence in sustainability, technology and politics. (more…)
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The International Women’s Earth & Climate Summit will take place on September 20 – 23, 2013 in New York. The Summit will bring together 100 global women leaders including grassroots activists, economists, scientists, businesswomen, Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, faith leaders, culture shapers for 3.5 days to help further a women’s climate action agenda. (more…)
Fifty years ago this past Wednesday one of the most important, iconic and ultimately largest moments of change in the 21st century U.S. took place. A man born in my hometown of Atlanta, GA in 1929 changed the face of social and racial equality in the United States. This man was shot at, beaten, stabbed, imprisoned and had his home dynamited while he was inside with his wife and children. Yet, he persevered in the face of all this to become a leader of millions, a symbol of non-violent courage and bravery. On August, 28 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (more…)
August, 28, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. In addition, 2013 is also the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
There will be a number of events from August 22 – 28th to commemorate this incredibly historic moment in time. Most importantly, there will be a March on Washington Saturday, August 24. This will be a reenactment of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington culminating in his historic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.
Ten people spoke that day with Martin Luther King. (more…)
There is good news and bad news. The bad news is 2012 was the second most extreme year on record for the U.S (source: NOAA). 2012 was the warmest year on record for the mainland U.S., record high temperatures were broken all over the country and one-third of the population experienced 100˚ temperatures. Not surprisingly this led to more droughts, wildfires and floods.
So what could the good news possibly be after this information? (more…)
President Obama spoke on climate change this week at Georgetown University and has released the details of his climate action plan. Below, I’ve shared his fact sheet and the link to download the president’s climate action plan. (more…)
GiveGreen is the League of Conservation Voters’ bundling website exclusively for environmental champions and candidates. Now, more than ever, we need to make sure we are putting into office candidates that share our values and make environmental concerns a national discourse. (more…)
This week I attended a press conference where Mayor Kasim Reed announced a major expansion to the city’s curbside recycling program. Beginning in mid-October, the City of Atlanta will deliver 96-gallon recycling carts to 65,000 households, at the rate of one thousand per day. The citywide distribution of the large capacity recycling carts is part of Mayor Kasim Reed’s sustainability plan, which has a long-term goal of achieving 90 percent diversion of municipal waste by 2020, among other measures. (more…)