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Why London is leading the world's cities on tackling air pollution and climate change

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:05pm

Matthew Pencharz, Boris Johnson's senior advisor for environment and energy, outlines London's achievements at the C40 Cities Summit


Categories: Climate Change News

Barack Obama: Emerging economies must play their part in tackling climate change

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:04pm

US President sets out ambition for a global deal on climate change in Paris next year


Categories: Climate Change News

Fragmented forests hurt some bat species, may benefit others

Mongabay Rainforest News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:18pm
Development of roads and other structures disturb large, continuous patches of habitat for wildlife. This habitat fragmentation is one of the biggest contributors to species extinction, as the local ecology and species interactions are altered. A new study finds that leaf-nosed bat abundances in Mexico are closely linked to how sensitive each species is to habitat fragmentation.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

China targets emissions peak 'as soon as possible'

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:54pm

Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli also commits $6m to advance South-South cooperation on climate change


Categories: Climate Change News

Dissolving pulp: the threat to Indonesia’s forests you’ve probably never heard of

Mongabay Rainforest News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:13pm
If the term “dissolving pulp” evokes nothing for you, you’re not alone. Not many people have heard of it, and the very term “dissolving pulp” is so generic it’s hard to imagine it could be a threat to anything.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

David Cameron: 'Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our world'

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:30pm

David Cameron's New York climate speech - in full


Categories: Climate Change News

Cameron warns world must "act now" to deliver legally-binding climate treaty

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:26pm

Prime Minister urges EU to commit to deep emissions cuts and calls on world leaders to support green businesses and tear down clean tech trade barriers


Categories: Climate Change News

BRINGING MUSIC PROGRAMS BACK TO LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS: Playing For Change partners with Celerity Schools to create a powerful educational program utilizing the power of music to make positive social change.

CSRwire - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:15pm

In an effort to support students in underserved urban areas, Celerity Global Development and Playing For Change will be hosting “Playing For Change Day” (www.PlayingForChangeDay.org), at various Celerity Schools throughout the US on Friday, September 19th.  PFC Day LA and Celerity Schools will host the hub event at the Celerity Troika School in Highland Park, CA. The Global Playing For Change Day movement last year featured over 300 events in 56 countries.  The Los Angeles event will feature live performances by the Playing For Change Band, an internationally recognized music group that celebrates music from all cultures. The unique "Songs Around the World" concept, combining synchronized video performances from diverse artists around the world, has garnered a global audience of over 250 million. Collaborating artists in past projects include Keith Richards, Bono, Sara Bareilles, Taj Mahal, Manu Chao, Ziggy and Stephen Marley, and 100’s of other performers. The LA lineup will also feature violinist virtuoso Lili Haydn, celebrities and performers plus special guests to be announced. Celerity Global Development (Operator of fourteen K-12 Celerity Charter Schools in Los Angeles and over 30 schools nationally) is partnering with The Playing for Change Foundation locally and nationally and to provide a unique music and performing arts programs to schools in the United States.  The Playing for Change Day Events at Celerity Schools are to celebrate and promote this new partnership and program launch (a list of participating schools can be found at the bottom of these release). Numerous studies have proven that sustained learning in music and the performing arts improves skills in math and reading and promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth. The unique Playing for Change school curriculum accomplishes all that and more. Based on the United Nations’ Millennium Goals and the soon to be adopted Sustainability Goals, the curriculum promotes creative exploration of what it means to be a positive steward of the planet. What’s more, Playing for Change’s innovative mobile techniques and the universal power of music itself invites children the world over to collaborate in that exploration. "Celerity has been committed to serving the underserved since the creation of our first school. We are also committed to the development of the whole student, both their intellect and their creativity. This type of development is essential, and despite the reduction in funds for the creative arts, we are committed to bringing music and performing arts back into the classroom. With our partnership with Playing for Change, our dreams will be brought to fruition. We are certain our collaboration will inspire others to do the same." Vielka McFarlane, CEO, Celerity Global Development    Playing for Change Foundation currently provides free classes in dance, musical instruments, and music theory to more than 700 students at nine music schools and programs it has established in Africa, Nepal and Thailand. Playing for Change, the PFC Foundation and Celerity Global Development have now partnered to further support those existing programs and to expand the curriculum to schools within the United States and globally, beginning with Celerity Schools in California, Louisiana, Florida, and Ohio. The new International Music Program will be headquartered in Los Angeles.  “Music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.” Mark Johnson, Co-Founder, Playing for Change Playing for Change Foundation Playing for Change Foundation was established in 2007 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit with a mission to create positive change through music and arts education. The foundation has created 9 schools in Africa and Asia and produces the annual Playing For Change Day global event. To date, the lives of more than 15,000 children and community members have been improved through programs of the Foundation and educational performances through Playing for Change. www.playingforchangeday.org  Celerity Global Development Celerity Global Development is the parent company of the Celerity Schools that serve children and families in Los Angeles, California, Florida, Louisiana, and Ohio. Their mission is to provide quality education in underserved communities by creating alternative schools that focus on the potential of every child. Celerity Schools are communities of diverse individuals where students develop their intellectual, artistic, and physical talents to the highest degree. www.celerityschools.org .   What:              Playing For Change Day Concert Who:               Playing For Change Band, Lili Haydn plus special guests Where:            The Celerity Troika Charter School                         6460 N. Figueroa Street,                         Los Angeles, CA 90042 When:              Friday, September 19th                         10am – 12:30pm   *Press Interviews and Photos Opportunities on site   Additional Celerity Schools with PFC Live Events on September 19th: Louisiana – Celerity Woodmere Charter School –Harvey, LA Florida – Fort Myers Preparatory and Fitness Academy - Fort Myers, FL Ohio – Celerity Tenacia Charter School -  Columbus, OH   Schools with simultaneous events California – Celerity Cardinal Charter School – Sun Valley Celerity Dyad Charter School – South Los Angeles Celerity Exa Charter School - Pasadena Celerity Nascent Charter School – South Los Angeles Celerity Octavia Charter School – Glassel Park Celerity Palmati Charter School – North Hollywood Celerity Sirius Charter School - Compton   Florida - Bonita Springs Preparatory and Fitness Academy Cape Coral Preparatory and Fitness Academy   Louisiana - Celerity Crestworth Charter School – Baton Rouge Celerity Dalton Charter School – Baton Rouge Celerity Lanier Charter School – Baton Rouge

Fundamentals of Measurement

CSRwire - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:15pm

As a CR professional, you need to be able to:

  1. Assess impact
  2. Provide data to substantiate giving actions
  3. Successfully plan and manage programs better

All of this can be accomplished through measurement. You can gain the tools and knowledge needed through ACCP’s Fundamentals of Measurement. ACCP’s Fundamentals of Measurement utilizes the LBG Model, a consistent international benchmarking framework, which is continually evolving to remain current in the ever-changing field of corporate contributions.

By participating in Fundamentals of Measurement, you will learn:

  • how to use the LBG Model
  • how to apply it to your current programs
  • how to share measurement outcomes to successfully tell your story and engage internal and external stakeholders

The program is comprised of five components. You will attend four virtual classroom sessions from your desk and one on-site meeting in San Francisco, CA. Upon completion, you will know how to use the LBG Model to measure programs, how to share data with external stakeholders, and connect data to your company’s giving stories.

To take full advantage of ACCP’s Fundamentals of Measurement, sign up by June 17, 2014 and receive $200 off the tuition. The program is open to ACCP members for $2,700 and to nonmembers for $3,200. If three or more participants register from the same company, each will receive $250 off their tuition.

Miliband: "There is no more important issue than tackling global climate change"

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:03pm

Opposition leader says green growth would be a top priority for an incoming Labour government


Categories: Climate Change News

New York Declaration on Forests - in full

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:32am

150 world leaders and businesses have pledged to end deforestation by 2030. Read the promise here


Categories: Climate Change News

World pledges to end deforestation by 2030

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:30am

New York Declaration delivers a series of major new commitments from governments and corporates


Categories: Climate Change News

Ed Miliband 'Green Speech' - the reaction

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:22am

"With a pledge to tackle high energy bills and a commitment to boost the low carbon sector by creating one million green jobs, Labour is hitting the right notes on the green economy"


Categories: Climate Change News

Cameron and Obama at the UN Climate Change Summit - Live blog

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 9:23am

As 125 world leaders descend on the United Nations headquarters in New York, BusinessGreen keeps you up to date with the key events


Categories: Climate Change News

Cameron and Obama at the UN Climate Change Summit - Live blog

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 9:23am

As 125 world leaders descend on the United Nations headquarters in New York, BusinessGreen keeps you up to date with the key events


Categories: Climate Change News

Brazil won't sign on to global anti-deforestation plan, says it wasn't consulted

REDD Monitor - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:56am
By Alexandra Olson, Associated Press, 22 September 2014 | Brazil's environment minister says her country will not sign on to a global anti-deforestation initiative being unveiled at the U.N. climate summit. Despite its critical role in protecting the Amazon rainforest, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira, speaking on the eve of Tuesday's climate summit, said Brazil was "not invited to be engaged in the preparation process" of the declaration. Instead, she says Brazil was given a copy of the text and asked to endorse it without being allowed to suggest any changes. An official with the U.N. Development Program, Charles McNeill, disputes that assertion, saying Brazil did not respond when asked to participate. The declaration has not been publicly released but it is expected to be endorsed by many countries, corporations and major environmental groups.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Ed Miliband's 'Green Speech' - Live blog

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:54am

BusinessGreen reports on the Labour leader's conference speech, as it happens


Categories: Climate Change News

Ed Miliband's 'Green Speech' - Live blog

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:54am

BusinessGreen reports on the Labour leader's conference speech, as it happens


Categories: Climate Change News

Labour declares "war on cold homes"

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:37am

Caroline Flint confirms ambitious new energy efficiency plans and slams UKIP over climate change denial


Categories: Climate Change News

Caroline Flint: "Be in no doubt, Labour will make saving energy a national infrastructure priority"

Business Green - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:09am

Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary speech to Labour Party Conference - in full


Categories: Climate Change News
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