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TED Talks: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude

The SSC Team December 27, 2016 Tags: Strategic Sustainability Consulting No comments

Everyone loves a good TED Talk. Here’s one of our favorites. It's the perfect way to welcome in a new year - simply enjoying the beautify of the world we are working hard to protect. 

 

Louie Schwartzberg’s stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. Louie Schwartzberg is a cinematographer, director and producer who captures breathtaking images of nature.

 

TED Talks Sustainability: Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world

The SSC Team September 1, 2016 Tags: , , , Strategic Sustainability Consulting No comments

Nothing inspires us like a good TED talk, and here’s one of our favorites. Enjoy it!

About the speaker: Bernie Krause is a musician. With a resume that features Stevie Wonder and The Byrds, Krause found music in and began making history by recording the sounds of nature. Listening to the wind, the rain, the insects, the grunts and groans of animals, Krause uses natural soundscapes to analyze critical questions about how humans interact with and are altering fragile ecosystems.

About the talk: Krause discusses his 45-year journey of capturing the sounds of nature, and discovering how humans are radically alteringthe fragile ecosystems that make our planet complete. By opening our ears to “nature’s symphonies,” Krause believes humans will better connect with and fight to protect the nature around us.

 

TED Talks Sustainability: How Trees Talk to Each Other

The SSC Team August 4, 2016 Tags: Strategic Sustainability Consulting No comments

Nothing inspires us like a good TED talk, and here’s one of our favorites. Enjoy it!

About the Speaker: Suzanne Simard is a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia's Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences. She studies the surprising complexity in nature - the fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate underground tree communication. 

About the Talk:  Simard's research has demonstrated that symbiotic networks in our forests mimic juman neural and social networks. This groundbreaking work on symbiotic plant communication has far-reaching implications in both the forestry and agricultural industries, in particular concerning sustainable stewardship of forests and plant resistance to pathogens. 

TED Talks Sustainability: Zaria Forman: Drawings that Show the Beauty and Fragility of Earth

The SSC Team July 14, 2016 Tags: , Strategic Sustainability Consulting No comments

Nothing inspires us like a good TED talk, and here’s one of our favorites. Enjoy it!

 

About the speaker: Zaria Forman's draw large-scale, often with canvases larger than 10 feet across, to create compositions of melting glaciers, icebergs floating in glassy water and waves cresting, to explore the beauty and fragility of the earth – with a focus of “what we all stand to lose” as the impact of climate change continues to dramatically change the landscape.

About the talk: Zaria Forman uses beauty and connection through her visual art to move people to take action on climate change.  

TED Talks Sustainability: Zaria Forman: Drawings that Show the Beauty and Fragility of Earth

The SSC Team July 14, 2016 Tags: , Strategic Sustainability Consulting No comments

Nothing inspires us like a good TED talk, and here’s one of our favorites. Enjoy it!

 

About the speaker: Zaria Forman's draw large-scale, often with canvases larger than 10 feet across, to create compositions of melting glaciers, icebergs floating in glassy water and waves cresting, to explore the beauty and fragility of the earth – with a focus of “what we all stand to lose” as the impact of climate change continues to dramatically change the landscape.

About the talk: Zaria Forman uses beauty and connection through her visual art to move people to take action on climate change.  

The Earth Genome: New Natural Capital Accounting Software Being Tested

The SSC Team June 28, 2016 Tags: , , , Strategic Sustainability Consulting No comments

Global leaders in sustainability measure much more than impact, they are focused on measuring all up and downstream inputs and outputs to really find ways to improve performance on social and environmental metrics, and to translate those improvements into a common denominator that everyone understands: currency.

Tracking performance this way is often called natural capital accounting.

Many organizations that delve this deeply into the cost, benefit, risk, and impact of the “use of nature” in performing business tasks use a host of methodologies to fully analyze all of the different datasets and translate them into a coherent report.

For example, Kering, the parent company of the clothing and footware manufacturer, Puma, published its methodology as an open-source tool for others to use.

Recently, a non-profit organization called The Earth Genome, launched a software tool that may help standardize and simplify the process of natural capital accounting. Currently, the chemical giant Dow is testing the software, and eventually the organization plans to make the tool more widely available.

Accurate and trusted industry-wide tools, like CDP and GRI, help better benchmark and assess sustainability progress, so we can’t help but be a bit optimistic about The Earth Genome project. We look forward to the wider launch to see how this tool compares in its ability to collect data and generate accurate results.

If your company is ready to develop its sustainability action plan, and fully understand its impact, risk and opportunities, contact us. 

The Earth Genome: New Natural Capital Accounting Software Being Tested

The SSC Team June 28, 2016 Tags: , , , Strategic Sustainability Consulting No comments

Global leaders in sustainability measure much more than impact, they are focused on measuring all up and downstream inputs and outputs to really find ways to improve performance on social and environmental metrics, and to translate those improvements into a common denominator that everyone understands: currency.

Tracking performance this way is often called natural capital accounting.

Many organizations that delve this deeply into the cost, benefit, risk, and impact of the “use of nature” in performing business tasks use a host of methodologies to fully analyze all of the different datasets and translate them into a coherent report.

For example, Kering, the parent company of the clothing and footware manufacturer, Puma, published its methodology as an open-source tool for others to use.

Recently, a non-profit organization called The Earth Genome, launched a software tool that may help standardize and simplify the process of natural capital accounting. Currently, the chemical giant Dow is testing the software, and eventually the organization plans to make the tool more widely available.

Accurate and trusted industry-wide tools, like CDP and GRI, help better benchmark and assess sustainability progress, so we can’t help but be a bit optimistic about The Earth Genome project. We look forward to the wider launch to see how this tool compares in its ability to collect data and generate accurate results.

If your company is ready to develop its sustainability action plan, and fully understand its impact, risk and opportunities, contact us. 

TED Talks Sustainability: Metali and Isabel Wijsen: Our campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali

The SSC Team March 17, 2016 Tags: , , , Strategic Sustainability Consulting No comments

Nothing inspires us like a good TED talk, and here’s one of our favorites. Enjoy it!

About the speaker: Sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen launched an island-wide campaign to ban plastic bags, inspired by bag bans in other parts of the world. They share their inspirational story that has resulting in a commitment from Bali’s governor to ban bags by 2018. What will they tackle next?

About the talk: If you live in the middle of the ocean, then ocean health is always a consideration of daily life. When teen sisters Metali and Isabel Wijsen realized the harm that plastic bags were doing to their island home of Bali, they went on strike – literally a hunger strike – to push the Balinese governor to ban plastic bags. Their inspirational message about sustainability and activism is shared in this great TED talk.


TED Talks Sustainability: Metali and Isabel Wijsen: Our campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali

The SSC Team March 17, 2016 Tags: , , , Strategic Sustainability Consulting No comments

Nothing inspires us like a good TED talk, and here’s one of our favorites. Enjoy it!

About the speaker: Sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen launched an island-wide campaign to ban plastic bags, inspired by bag bans in other parts of the world. They share their inspirational story that has resulting in a commitment from Bali’s governor to ban bags by 2018. What will they tackle next?

About the talk: If you live in the middle of the ocean, then ocean health is always a consideration of daily life. When teen sisters Metali and Isabel Wijsen realized the harm that plastic bags were doing to their island home of Bali, they went on strike – literally a hunger strike – to push the Balinese governor to ban plastic bags. Their inspirational message about sustainability and activism is shared in this great TED talk.


TED Talks: Luciana Walkowicz of NASA – Let’s not use Mars as a backup planet

The SSC Team January 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , Strategic Sustainability Consulting No comments

Nothing inspires us like a good TED talk, and here’s one of our favorites. Enjoy it!

About the Speaker: Lucianne Walkowicz works on NASA's Kepler mission, searching for places in the universe that could support life.

About the Talk: Walkowicz spends her days looking for planets like our own, but as she does this challenging work, she us to think carefully about how we treat our own home world. In this short talk, she suggests that we stop dreaming of Mars as a place that we'll eventually move to when we've messed up Earth, and to start thinking of planetary exploration and preservation of the Earth as two sides of the same goal. As she says, "The more you look for planets like Earth, the more you appreciate our own planet."