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It has been dubbed the largest peacetime civic action in human history, and this weekend's World Cleanup Day did not disappoint. In a massive effort to clean up the world's litter, a green wave of 13 million volunteers was unleashed across the globe, beginning in Fiji and finishing in American Samoa 24 hours later.
Sept 17, 2018
Demonstrators in 95 countries hit the streets last Saturday, September 8th in the third annual People's Climate March, demanding that their institutions and governments take significant climate action now. Up to 250,000 people participated in over 900 actions taking place across all continents, including Antarctica.
Sept 10, 2018
The United Nations announced that following a total overhaul, its Online Platform for voluntary Cancellation of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) is now live. The platform enables individuals, businesses, NGOs and governments to purchase effective carbon offsets that have been vetted by the UN to compensate for their greenhouse gas emissions.
Sept 3, 2018
You may have seen Keen's Call to Action - and its vintage phone booth - at the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show in January. Following its success, the phone booth and its phone scripts have now gone digital on Keen's website, making it available to citizen activists across the US to call their representatives and make their voices heard on a variety of issues, ranging from climate change to pubic lands.
August 27, 2018
Record temperatures this summer have seen Kebnekaise's Southern peak, an icecap topping what was once Sweden's highest summit at 2,103 meters, succumb to the heat and no longer holds the title of the nation's highest point. This honor now rests upon the massif's more challenging Northern peak (2,097 m), a rocky outcrop just a few hundred meters away.
August 13, 2018
Wednesday, August 1st marked "Earth Overshoot Day," the date in the year where humanity has used more from nature than our planet can renew over the course of a year. While this date reflects our global over-consumption, each nation is also designated with its own overshoot date to reflect their varying consumption levels. Most developed countries' date already passed in Spring.
August 6, 2018
Vale becomes the first destination in the US and the first ski resort in the world to attain the Sustainable Destination accreditation. This follows years of concerted efforts by various stakeholders, which were confirmed in last year's audit by Green Destinations. The certification is meant to promote destinations that go well above and beyond the status quo with regards to sustainability.
July 30, 2018
In an effort to establish a baseline upon which the outdoor industry can measure its sustainability performance, the Outdoor Industry Association has launched the State of Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry report. The report includes supply chain issues such as chemicals management, animal welfare, microfiber shedding and carbon reduction strategies.
July 23, 2018
For its commitment to the Kitsap Forest and Bay Community Campaign, which resulted in the protection of 3,400 acres in Washington State, the Conservation Alliance (CA) has awarded REI with its annual Outstanding Partnership Award. The CA supports grassroots environmental organizations in their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate.
July 10, 2018
Patagonia announces that after a 3-year hiatus on wool sourcing due to ethical concerns, they will again continue supplying wool products as of fall 2018. All wool products will be Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) certified from farm to finished product, and their key wool partners will meet the newly developed, more stringent Patagonia Wool Standard (PWS).
July 2, 2018
Earlier this year, the outdoor industry was in an uproar as Trump scaled down several National Monuments in what was called the greatest attack on public lands in US history. A Canadian mining firm is now preparing to begin extracting copper from a site that once fell under the original boundary of the Clinton-era Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.
June 25, 2018
Researchers at the Mauna Loa Observatory – the global standard for CO2 measurements – announced with dismay that atmospheric CO2 levels had again reached an all-time record this May at 411 ppm. The continued increase has been attributed to record emissions from coal and gas. The last time CO2 levels have been this high was 3 million years ago.
June 18, 2018