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Project Drawdown

Project Drawdown is a nonprofit founded in 2014 with a focus on the climate emergency and in particular providing a resource of information about possible reactions to it. The concept of “drawdown” is the point when atmospheric GHGs go into a decline in concentration. The project reviews and assesses climate solutions from around the world so that potential users/stakeholders (such as city authorities, universities, corporations, family offices, policymakers, communities, educators, activists, and more) can make better informed decisions on implementing/supporting intiatives relevant to them. They recently added 11 new ideas to the list of drawdown solutions which they highlight. See the list here: https://drawdown.org/news/insights/project-drawdown-updates-world%E2%80%99s-leading-set-of-climate-solutions%E2%80%94adding-11-new   . . .

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Kadence Wong - 2022-23 President of ITSF YAC

Setting up a Youth Advisory Committee was one of the most important steps for us as a Foundation. We are here to serve and empower youth and it is therefore vitally important that not only do youth have a voice in our organization but that that is demonstrably so. Having considered numerous potential applicants, we settled on a fantastic group of ten and they’re first meeting was in June 2022. At this meeting, they needed to elect a President for the year, and Kadence was the standout choice, put in place by unanimous decision. Kadence is a Y12 at Sha Tin College here in Hong Kong. She has long been passionate about various global issues in today's society, particularly youth empowerment, mental health and the intersection between health and the environment. As an SDG Advocate, she also seeks to advance the SDGs, with an emphasis on goal 4 (Quality Education), goal 13 (Climate Action) and goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). She has headed up several youth-led organisations . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Methane emissions reach new highs–four times more sensitive to climate change than first thought (The Conversation) Here are the most effective things you can do to fight climate change (The Conversation) Case study: Indigenous knowledge vital in conservation of Nepal's tigers (Eco-business) The workplace of the future: smart, sustainable, holistic (Eco-business) Global dismay as supreme court ruling leaves Biden’s climate policy in tatters (The Guardian) I led the US lawsuit against big tobacco for its harmful lies. Big oil is next (The Guardian) These 10 Startups Will Change How We Grow and Eat Food (greenqueen) Food Footprint: Which Diet Creates The Least Amount Of Food Waste? (greenqueen) My people have lived in the Amazon for 6,000 years: You need to listen to us (CHN) The Arctic community that chose conservation over Big Oil (CHN) Companies need to wake up to the urgency of ending deforestation in supply chains. Here’s how (Reuters) . . .

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Integrated thinking approaches to sustainability

There is a tendency in the sustainability space to focus on problem solving. But is doesn’t (arguable shouldn’t) have to be this way. Systems thinking is an increasingly well-known approach to deal with our complex environment and to fully understand how systems operate and interlink. But it can often be retro fitted. It is therefore worthwhile having an integrated thinking approach which tries to combine systems thinking with both futures and design thinking. Futures thinking in its simplest form can be a bit like strategic planning. But real futures thinking goes beyond the plausible scenarios from the present to also consider bigger “what ifs”. In doing so we become naturally more innovative and motivated and more likely to begin designing for those “impossible” futures. And if we close the loop and design in systems then perhaps we have a way to approach real sustainability. . . .

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UNSA 2022 Share Talk by ITS Foundation

ITS Foundation founder Danny Harrington was selected on to the UN Summer Academy 2022. A group of 115 sustainability actors from 58 countries brought together by the UN Systems Staff College for an intensive week of activity. In addition to the fantastic plenary and workshop group activities and expert contributors, Danny was further nominated to deliver a “Share Talk”. In this breakout event, he was able to talk about what led to the formation of the Young Changemaker Incubator and ultimately the ITS Foundation, the needs it speaks to as well as highlighting some of the challenges it faces and the ways in which these can be overcome. Then the participant group went into a Q&A which delivered some great insights and suggestions which Danny hopes to be able to integrate back into YCI in the coming months. . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Case study: Charting a More Sustainable Course for the Tourism Industry (IISD) The Urgency of Transforming Biodiversity Governance (IISD) Research shows tropical cyclones have decreased alongside human-caused global warming – but don’t celebrate yet (The Conversation) UN sustainable development goals failing to have meaningful impact, our research warns (The Conversation) Case study: Global South metropolises 10 times more likely to be affected by flooding than rich cities (eco-business) Asian bankers with ESG job titles under pressure to sell products they 'don't fully understand' (Eco-business) Indigenous peoples warn of global delay on forest protection push (Eco-business) Research paper: Extreme weather impacts of climate change (IOPScience) Case study: Review of carbon credits system after expert labelled it a ‘fraud’ (The Guardian) Behind The Burger: How Scientists Make Plant-Based Foods Look, Taste & Cook Like Meat (green queen) Production . . .

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Food - security and sustainability

When it comes to food supply, security has always, indeed must always, take precedence. However, we are also now very much more aware that poor agricultural practice is unsustainable and probably feeds into longer-term concerns over food security. It would be the perfect example of the Brundtland report statement if the agricultural practices of today met the needs of the present but compromised the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The WTO and FAO are currently facing a perfect short-term storm with covid and Ukraine, but climate change is already here and adding to these woes with the more worrying characteristic of being long-term as well. What to do? Well there is much wrangling, but this excellent article in IISD give a great picture.   . . .

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United Nations Summer Academy 2022

The UNSA 22 starts today and runs all week. Just 115 people have been selected from thousands of applicants to attend this 5 day course of intensive work building sustainable development partnerships and networks. The 2022 Programme will explore sustainable development from a multi-sectoral perspective, focusing on critical themes such as health and well-being, social protection, economic transformation, and climate action. Participants will look at how transformative thought frameworks of systems thinking, futures thinking, and design thinking can address these issues in a complex and volatile context. Alongside these core themes and conceptual approaches, the Programme will also feature trending sustainable development topics such as innovation for sustainable development and frontier technologies. Experts will highlight the latest developments in these areas and their potential contribution to sustainable development efforts. ITS Foundation founder Danny Harrington is one of the . . .

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