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Climate change summitry's force of nature: Christiana Figueres (+video)

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 57 min 43 sec ago
Source: The Christian Science Monitor - How UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres became a fierce crusader to lower Earth's thermostat. A visceral connection to the planet – from the now-extinct golden toads of her childhood in the Costa Rican jungle to shrinking glaciers – moves her to tears.
Categories: Climate Change News

New York climate march draws hundreds of thousands

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 57 min 49 sec ago
Source: Reuters - An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, easily exceeding organizers' hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history.
Categories: Climate Change News

Young Pacific islanders are not climate change victims – they're fighting

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 57 min 56 sec ago
Source: The Guardian - Poet and performance artist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner has one thing to say at the opening ceremony of the United Nations Climate Summit: “I want to bring my people’s message out to the world, that climate change is a threat we need to take more seriously.” Jetnil-Kijiner, 26, is one of just four people chosen to address the opening of Ban Ki-Moon’s global assembly in New York.
Categories: Climate Change News

US will not commit to climate change aid for poor nations at UN summit

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 58 min 4 sec ago
Source: The Guardian - Barack Obama will not be pledging any cash to a near-empty fund for poor countries at a United Nations summit on climate change next week, the UN special climate change envoy said on Friday.
Categories: Climate Change News

Study: Education and health spending compromised by climate change

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - 58 min 13 sec ago
Source: EurActiv - Impoverished states have had to divert large chunks of their budget to adapt to climate change and run the risk of crowding out spending on health and education, a new report suggests.
Categories: Climate Change News

Extinction island? Plans to log half an island could endanger over 40 species

Mongabay Rainforest News - 2 hours 36 min ago
Woodlark Island is a rare place on the planet today. This small island off the coast Papua New Guinea is still covered in rich tropical forest, an ecosystem shared for thousands of years between tribal peoples and a plethora of species, including at least 42 found no-where else. Yet, like many such wildernesses, Woodlark Island is now facing major changes: not the least of them is a plan to log half of the island.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

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 - 2 hours 57 min ago

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


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

Evutec(R) Certified for Use of Wood From Responsibly Managed Forests

CSRwire - 2 hours 57 min ago

(Marketwired) -   Evutec Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high quality mobile phone and tablet cases, has recently earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification for its mobile phone cases, based on an assessment conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS), an internationally recognized third-party certification body. The cases are made of FSC-certified wood, such as bamboo and white ash, from well-managed forests. They fit a wide range of cellphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 6, officially released this week. 

"Evutec's achievement of FSC certification is a reflection of its commitment to sustainable design and manufacturing," said Robert J. Hrubes, Executive Vice President at SCS. "Evutec's smartphone cases are enabling consumers to make choices that directly reinforce responsible forestry practices." 

Structurally, the Evutec cases are designed to be sleek yet durable. To accomplish this, a unique blend of high tech substances and organic materials are woven together with wood veneer to create a strong case that is resistant to warping from heat and moisture. These signature wooden cases set an important precedent for companies in the tech industry seeking to build sustainability into their products through durable design and innovative uses of responsibly sourced materials. They will be available in Apple® retail stores in October. 

"We strive to integrate sustainability into our design process, not only by seeking out responsibly sourced materials and reducing consumption-related impacts, but by creating products that are durable in both a physical and stylistic sense," said David Rojas, Director of Design at Evutec Corporation. "Great design eliminates the need for a revolving door of cell phone cases by essentially increasing their life span and consequently reducing the environmental impact of production." 

"Achieving FSC Chain of Custody certification and developing new ways to recycle composite materials for use in new products are two of the ways we can demonstrate to our customers that Evutec is fully committed to environmental sustainability," said Melanie Kerns, Evutec Marketing Designer, adding that the company also engages its supply chain in joint efforts to promote durable design and manufacturing under its proprietary "Ecology United with Technology" design approach.  

About Evutec Corporation:
Evutec Corporation, based in Walnut, California, is a leading composite material manufacturer, specializing in mobile phone and tablet cases. Founded in 2012 by a team of highly experienced design and manufacturing professionals, the company utilizes the best available materials and is working to develop new ways to recycle composite materials to manufacture new products without compromising function or style. The Evutec product family is designed and engineered in the USA, and provides unequaled strength, style and dependability. For more information, visit evutec.com. 

SCS Global Services has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for three decades. Its programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in forestry, fishery management, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, retail, and more. SCS has been conducting assessments under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard since its inception, both for responsibly managed forests and for wood and paper products made from FSC-certified wood. The chain-of-custody certification traces FSC-certified timber throughout the value chain, ensuring that it remains separated and distinct from non-certified wood in all stages of harvesting, transport and processing. 

Barclays pledges £1bn Green Bond investment

Business Green - 4 hours 1 min ago

Bank set to more than double current portfolio in expectation of increased demand for green bonds

Categories: Climate Change News

Labour energy efficiency strategy - at a glance

Business Green - 5 hours 11 min ago

Free home energy reports, interest-free loans, and upgrades for fuel poor households to form centrepiece of Labour energy strategy

Categories: Climate Change News

Show Them the Money

REDD Monitor - 5 hours 30 min ago
By Frances Seymour, Center For Global Development, 16 September 2014 | Denizens of Climate World are gearing up for the “Climate Summit” being hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York on September 23rd... A new CGD Working Paper by Marigold Norman and Smita Nakhooda of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) runs the numbers. The paper provides a wealth of charts and graphs analysing flows of international REDD+ finance to date by source, destination, vehicle, timing, stage of disbursement, and other factors that draw back the curtain on the current landscape of funding for forests and climate change. A few highlights: Aggregate pledges and investments from both the public and private sectors are estimated to be more than US$8.7 billion for the period between 2006 and March 2014. While the authors deem this amount to be “significant”, it’s not so different from the $8 billion pledged for the World Bank/FAO Tropical Forestry Action Plan way back in 1985...
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

'International Court on the Environment' needed for climate justice, lawyers say

Business Green - 5 hours 48 min ago

International Bar Association warns current laws cannot sufficiently protect the human rights of people affected by climate change

Categories: Climate Change News

Labour prepares to unveil major national energy efficiency strategy

Business Green - 6 hours 11 min ago

Caroline Flint will tomorrow announce plans to upgrade five million draughty homes and make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority

Categories: Climate Change News

Christiana Figueres: 'We must, we will, and we can address climate change'

Business Green - 7 hours 26 min ago

The head of the United Nations climate change secretariat outlines her expectations for the New York Climate Summit this week

Categories: Climate Change News

Top Negotiators To Lead Webinar Series On Land-Use In Climate Talks

REDD Monitor - 7 hours 28 min ago
Ecosystem Marketplace, 17 September 2014 | Marcelo Rocha and Peter Iversen are fixtures at climate talks. They co-chair the contact group focused on Land Use, Land-Use-Change, and Forestry (LULUCF), and both represent their respective countries – Rocha for Brazil and Iversen for Denmark – on various land-use issues. Throughout October, they will be hosting a series of webinars designed to bring people up to speed on the state of land-use negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The four webinars are based on the Understanding Land Use in the UNFCCC guide that Rocha and Iversen authored along with Donna Lee, a Senior Advisor at Climate Focus. The guide and upcoming webinars are meant to unpack the complexities of the land-use sector and help negotiators, policy makers, project developers and others through the process. The guide provides clear and concise explanations on how land use is accounted and reported within the UNFCCC...
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Scientists rebut NYTimes op-ed 'To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees'

Mongabay Rainforest News - 7 hours 33 min ago
The following is a response from a group of scientists' -- including 6 members of the National Academy, 3 IPCC Lead Authors, and 1 IPCC Co-Chair -- to Dr. Nadine Unger’s September 21, New York Times Op-Ed, "To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees"
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

[Indonesia] Malaysian firm fined, executives get prison for role in forest fires

REDD Monitor - 7 hours 35 min ago
By Hasyim Widhiarto, The Jakarta Post, 11 September 2014 | A Malaysian manager at plantation firm PT ADEI Plantation and Industry, a unit of Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, was found guilty on Tuesday of causing forest fires in Riau last year that led to haze choking neighboring Singapore and Malaysia. The Pelalawan District Court in Riau sentenced ADEI general manager Danesuvaran KR Singam to a year in prison and the option of paying Rp 2 billion (US$168,800) or serving an additional two months in jail for violating Article 99 (1) of the 2009 Environmental Protection and Management Law. “The defendant was negligent in his supervisory role of the estate. He should have actively prevented irresponsible parties from slipping into the estate and setting the fires,” presiding judge Donovan Pendapotan said.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

US will not commit to climate change aid for poor nations at UN summit

Business Green - 7 hours 36 min ago

Rich countries pledged to find $100bn a year by 2020, but so far only Germany has made a significant contribution

Categories: Climate Change News

Guyana reports drop in deforestation for 2013

REDD Monitor - 7 hours 39 min ago
Stabroek News, 20 September 2014 | Guyana has recorded a decrease in the rate of deforestation for last year and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment is crediting new technology and more responsible and low-impact mining practices. The Ministry yesterday announced that the deforestation rate fell from 0.079% for 2012 to 0.068% for 2013, according to interim results from the 4th Annual Assessment of Deforestation and Forest Degradation under the Monitoring Reporting and Verification System (MRVS) for REDD+. [R-M: Subscription needed.]
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

New York Climate Summit - All the latest

Business Green - 8 hours 2 min ago

Catch all the green business developments from the New York Climate Summit

Categories: Climate Change News
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