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13 November, 2014

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02 November, 2014

FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS) - UCLA

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Friday, November 14th, 2014
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

UCLA - Carnesale Commons - Palisades Room

751 Charles E. Young Drive W Los Angeles, CA 90095


FACTS Los Angeles - Speakers

Building up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be hosted by France in December 2015 (COP 21-Paris Climate 2015), the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States are organizing FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS), a public conference series across seven cities in the US and in Canada involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures, journalists and entrepreneurs.

Key speakers from both the US and France will be discussing the role of urban centers in regard to climate change policies: from the changing risks they have to face to the new opportunities they can benefit from.

Climate Ready Cities

Taking actions to mitigate climate change and adapt in urban areas

In partnership with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) for Climate Action and Sustainability, the Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles will organize a conference to discuss the challenges climate change represents for cities around the world.

With more than half of humanity living in cities, urban centers are key actors for climate change. Climate change represents a major threat for many cities that will have to face a range of impacts from the consequences of the changing climate (sea level rise, increased frequency of extreme weather events, heat waves, etc.). However, the threats brought by climate change can also represent an opportunity and many cities are already taking action to become climate resilient by both decreasing their emissions and by preparing to mitigate the future impacts of climate change.

More information at: http://facts.france-science.org/program/#losangeles

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11 October, 2014

R20 Regions For Climate Action - Paris Highlights October 2014

by Paige Donner




"I love sequels. I hope there's a Kyoto 2. BUT, we shouldn't wait for Lima or Paris, we should go forward as sub-national governments. In California we never waited. We never hesitated. We didn't do 'No' as an answer. "


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVTggn0QY_c


"Solutions are found in the cities, regions, territories."


"California refuses to tolerate inaction. We believe in perpetual motion. We have declared war on climate change." 


"Threats of ignoring climate change are immense."

- Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

"There is no B plan because there is no B planet." (paraphrasing Ban Ki Moon). 


"The "Terminator" is an Initiator and a Visionary."


"We must think of this issue as Climate Disruption. Not change. Change can be good. What we are seeing now is climate disruption."


"Keep in mind that we are the last generation to be able to act on this issue."


-  Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development





Mary Robinson, Left, Lady in Red


"I've done a lot of work mobilizing women. Let's make this an effort of human solidarity."


"I came to this issue of climate change through the issue of Human Rights; not through science or environmentalism. Food production in Africa is already severely impacted by Climate Disruption, where the population will double by 2050."


"We need a FAIR agreement in Paris (COP 21). Different countries/ regions still have different needs."


"The EU must take its leadership role. There's a moral imperative. "


- Mary Robinson, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on Climate Change






The newly appointed Executive Director to R20, Christophe Nuttal, takes to the Road To Paris 2015 via both science and human rights. Originally a space engineer, he was then a scientific advisor to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the early 90s. He became the Exec. Dir. of R20 in January 2012.


More recently, he launched the International Multi-Partnerships Initiative on access to basic services, adopted at the 2007 UN-HABITAT Board. 


This initiative was adopted later in 2009 at ECOSOC resulting in listing of access to water as a human right in 2011. 




Terry Tamminen, co-organizer R20, Adviser on Environmental Issues to Mr. Schwarzenegger


All photos and video by Paige Donner copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.


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10 October, 2014

Paris Is Always A Good Idea - R20 Regions of Climate Action

by Paige Donner

Speaking this evening from the Palais Bourbon in Paris, Arnold Schwarzenegger said that, "Paris is always a good idea."






He then launched into how pivotal the roles are to be played at regional and city levels for taking action to mitigate climate change now and in the coming decades.

This was the evening cap to the first day of R20, Regions of Climate Action. It was fittingly held at the Assemblée Nationale following the day's panels and speakers at the Palais d'Iéna.

Schwarzenegger illustrated that California is a prime example of how effective and instrumental regions can be. He noted that while he was governor of the Golden State tangible progress - on many levels - to establish a greener economy and infrastructure were successfully put in place and implemented.







R20 Regions o f Climate Action is an international non-profit organization founded by former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 2010. Its mission is to help states, provinces, regions, cities and other sub-national governments to develop low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects, as well as policies and best practices for mitigating climate change. 
Follow R20 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Regions20
and Twitter: @Regions20

All photos by Paige Donner copyright 2014 Paige Donner All Rights Reserved. 

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08 August, 2014

What are you doing for World Elephant Day August 12?

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On the third annual World Elephant Day, Tuesday, August 12, 2014, people around the world plan actions and activities to help save increasingly threatened African and Asian elephants


(Earth, August 5, 2014) Tuesday, August 12, 2014, is the third annual World Elephant Day, a day when people come together to honor elephants, to spread awareness about the critical threats they are facing, and to support positive solutions that will help ensure their survival. Within our lifetimes, elephants may face global extinction in the wild. World Elephant Day was launched on August 12, 2012, by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and Canadian documentary filmmaker Patricia Sims.
 
The survival odds for the world's elephants are increasingly grim. During the past four years, poaching for ivory has surged to unprecedented levels. It is estimated that 100 African elephants are slaughtered daily for the illegal wildlife trade. According to a June 2014 report by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), 20 percent of Africa's elephants may be killed in the next ten years if poaching continues at current levels. Others believe that all African elephants may be extinct in the wild by 2025. It is estimated that fewer than 400,000 African elephants remain. There are less than 40,000 Asian elephants left in the world, making their official status "Endangered" on the IUCN Red List. Asian elephants face extensive loss of habitat, and are also killed for their ivory, meat, and body parts, while young elephants are removed from their natural environment for use in the tourism industry.
 
World Elephant Day supporters can act in a multitude of ways, both locally and globally, to help protect elephants from the devastating impacts of poaching, the destruction of wilderness, the demand for ivory, human population growth and human-elephant conflict, and the social, economic, and environmental factors that fuel this tragic situation.
 
World Elephant Day encourages individuals and organizations worldwide to take action, spread awareness, and share effective ways to help save and protect elephants, and support the many commendable elephant conservation initiatives.
 
What you can do
 
There are many ways people can get involved to help elephants and raise awareness on World Elephant Day, and year-round.

  • Support organizations that are working to: stop the illegal poaching and trade of elephant ivory and other wildlife products; protect wild elephant habitat; and provide sanctuaries and alternative habitats for domesticated elephants to live freely.
  • If you wish to experience elephants in their natural environment, choose eco-tourism operators who support local elephant conservation projects and who treat elephants with respect and dignity.
  • Support healthy, alternative, sustainable livelihoods for people who have traditionally relied on elephants, wild animals, and natural resources.
  • Support orphaned elephants by fostering one whose parents have been killed by poachers.
  • Learn about indigenous cultures that have traditionally lived in harmony with elephants.
  • Be an elephant-aware consumer. Never buy ivory or other wildlife products.
  • Support a U.S. national ban on the sale of ivory. Contact your representatives and write to your country's leaders, supporting national and local legislation to ban the sale of ivory.
  • Do not support organizations that exploit or abuse elephants and other animals for entertainment and profit. Learn more at http://worldelephantday.org/how-to-help-elephants

What organizations are doing on World Elephant Day
  • Conservation Action Trust, Wilderness Safaris, and Africa Geographic are holding a photography competition for the best African elephant photo, with the grand prize of a four-day trip in Kruger National Park.
  • 96 Elephants is celebrating World Elephant Day with a variety of activities, including having zoos throughout the U.S. sending some 96,000 messages to legislators in support of an ivory ban. 96 Elephants is asking people to take "elphies" using the phrase "Go Grey for World Elephant Day" and to post images on social media using the hashtag #GoGrey. 96 Elephants is also organizing a "Thunderclap" where people can sign up on Twitter to send a simultaneous Tweet on World Elephant Day. During the day, @TheWCS and @96Elephants will tweet out 96 facts about elephants (one every 15 minutes). To learn more about 96 Elephants and World Elephant Day, visit 96elephants.org\WED
  • In August the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is launching an exclusive website focused on the beauty of elephants and packed full of ways for people to take action for elephants on August 12 and beyond. Keep an eye on sheldrickwildlifetrust.org and facebook.com/thedswt for more news about the site.
  • Bodhi Tree Foundation's S.A.F.E. Campaign will be celebrating World Elephant Day by showcasing unique African travel itineraries and safaris offered by several of its travel partners, enabling travelers to get up close and personal with elephants in the wild while aiding in their conservation. Its partners will be contributing a portion of the proceeds to the S.A.F.E. Campaign while offering additional special promotions on World Elephant Day. For more information, visit: saveafricaselephants.com/get-involved.
  • In South Africa, Save the Elephants is constructing a gigantic cardboard elephant and holding a raffle for a beautiful elephant photograph.
  • Thirty U.S. zoos, including the El Paso Zoo and the Toledo Zoo, will hold World Elephant Day events, and 42 zoos will deliver petitions and kids' drawings to their state's governors, asking them to act to protect elephants.
  • Many other individuals and organizations are promoting action on behalf of elephants on World Elephant Day, including Hard Rock Café, Do Something, Ivory for Elephants, and many others. Please see the full list of associates on World Elephant Day at www.worldelephantday.org/associates, and check the Events page at www.worldelephantday.org/events, where events are being added daily.

Get involved with World Elephant Day on social media
About World Elephant Day and its founders

World Elephant Day was launched on August 12, 2012, by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation (ERF), a charitable nonprofit organization based in Thailand, and Patricia Sims, president, producer, and director of CanazWest Pictures Inc., a Canadian-based independent film production company. 

04 July, 2014

Natura Brasil - A Natural Beauty Line Based On The Fruits of Brazil

With all eyes on Brazil these days, not just for the World Cup, but also for its natural beauty and impressive luxury market, I thought it high time to introduce to our readers the fabulous all-natural beauty care product line called Natura Brasil.

 


by Paige Donner

 

With the world's eyes on Brazil during these final days of the World Cup soccer matches, I saw that it was high time to shine the spotlight on one of the great organic body care/ beauty product lines on the planet :

 

Natura Brasil

It's extraordinary to realize that this product line, certified organic and established in 1969, can be the 5th largest organic personal product care company in the world, yet still be virtually unknown in the North American market.

 

A Few Facts And Figures

 

  • Natura Brasil's total annual revenue - €2.18 billion  (R$ 7.3 billion).
  • #1 personal care product leader in Brasil.
  • 5th largest personal beauty care/ cosmetics line globally (organic).

 

Natura Brasil today produces body lotions, hand creams, makeup, hair care products, perfumes and personal care product accessories. Most of its range of lines are created around native Brazilian fruits and nuts that also lend health properties to the body. Examples are the celebrated açai, but also the Buriti and the nut we call the Brazil Nut, the castanha, as well as many other native Brazilian plants and fruits.

 

Founded in 1969 it is fair to say that Natura Brasil is a pioneer in the organic, chemical-free personal body care craze.

 

The company is founded on a business model of direct sales. Here in the US we are familiar with this through companies such as Avon and Mary Kay Cosmetics. To date, Natura Brasil counts 1.6 million representatives as part of their direct marketing sales force.

In addition to that, the company also counts over 7,000 collaborators in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and in France.

A few of the eco-responsible programs the company had adopted over the decades of its founding are certified carbon neutral enterprise since 2007, partnered with its supplier-producers in the Amazon to co-develop sustainable agricultural methods, use of organic alcohol in its perfumes ( a rarity in the fragrance industry) and sustainable packaging for its products.

natura brasil logo

Highlight Natura EKOS

 

This product line of Natura Brasil was launched in 2005 in France ; in 2000 in Brazil. It is emblematic of the company's sustainability ethics and its devotion to organic ingredients and products.

 

natura brasil castanha ekos

Natura EKOS products act as product-ambassadors for all that is good about native and natural Brazil. The products celebrate the country's natural richness and communicate about the native Amazonian culture's deep knowledge regarding their region's plants and fruits, sharing with us their hidden secrets.

 

Açai Berry Hand Cream – Natura EKOS Açai

 

Dreaming of soft, supple hands that smell deliciously berry fruity ? The Natura Ekos Açai Berry hand cream is your go-to hand care product. It hydrates for up to 24hours.

 

The açai berry oil used in its formula protects your hands from free radicals with its organic anti-oxidant properties. For best results, use it all the way to the tips of your finger nails. 77.6% of the formula's ingredients are vegetal-origin.

 

For more information on this and other Natura Brasil EKOS products, visit NaturaBrasil.com.

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Açai Harvest In Brazil

by Paige Donner

Açai berry branch with fruit

Each and every year in Brazil the population awaits its annual açai berry harvest with bated breath. It's akin to the yearly Beaujolais harvest in France. A time of year filled with celebration and abundance.

The açai berry has been inching its way into the North American mainstream for at least a decade now. Hailed as a little berry packing a powerfully healthy punch, we first welcomed it in smoothies and nutrition bars.

 

Indeed some of the properties of the mythical açai berry are :

 

  • Health tonic elixir
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Sweet, Fruit and Fragrant

 

Açai - Cofruta CommunityAçai berry harvest - man with basket

Açai berries transported by riverboat


Health Properties Of The Açai Berry

For centuries this berry has been used for its health properties by the local Abaetetuba community in the northern Brazilian state of Pará.

 

The whole of Brazil has embraced the açai berry since many decades for more than its medicinal uses, however. Indeed the culture celebrates the annual harvest by making candies, sweets, and other delicacies out of the dark purple, pulpy and fruity berry.

 

Its deep purple color are indicative of the berry's rich anti-oxidant properties. And if you've never tasted açai before, the flavor pyramid to expect is : red fruits such as raspberry and wild strawberry giving way to wood berries like blackberries and blueberries ending on a final note of sandal wood and light, aromatic woods.

Açai - Cofruta Community 


Natura Brasil's EKOS Açai Body Care Line

 

For its EKOS Açai line of body care products, Natura Brasil works with the Cofruta Community, a co-op based in the Pará state of Brazil, who does the bulk of the annual berry harvest.

 

COFRUTA = Fruit Growers Co-operative of Abaetetuba

 

This is the co-operative, who in their native Amazonian forest, produces and harvests 95% of the total Brazilian açai berry crop each year.  The co-op is made up of several hundred families. The açai berries they harvest are certified organic and along with Natura Brasil, working with them for several decades now, they have developed a sustainable harvesting method. The co-op even produces their own açai berry syrups and jams now in a factory they built in their native Amazonian forest in 2002.

 

Products from Natura Brasil made from the açai berry harvest are released in limited edition quantities each year. They include :

 

Triphasée Shower Oil – this fruity and light oil goes on fresh all over your body on still moist, just showered skin. It contains oil pressed directly from the organic açai berry, thus containing concentrated amounts of pure anti-oxidant properties. A fresh, fruity, fragrant scent.

 

Frescor – the eau de toilette made from organic alcohol and essential oil extracts from the fresh açai berry harvest.


Hand Cream and Body Lotion -  These products each give 24hours and 30 hours respectively of skin hydration as well as offering anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant protection.

 Ekos Acai_FleurCreme

For more information about these products and the sustainable harvest program that Natura Brasil has institituted with the native Amazonian COFRUTA community in Brazil, go to NaturaBrasil.com.

 

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