On this first day of the new year 2022, we would like to wish you peace, health and happiness. May there be empathy and solidarity in striving for a world without injustice and suffering, in harmony with nature. In the year 2021, without much choice, many activities have gone online. Global U participated in the January 2021 World Social Forum and the 7th South South Forum on Sustainability, organized the Venezuela lecture series, as well as produced books and edited videos.
Harsco Environmental, a division of Harsco Corporation and the trusted global leader in environmental services and innovative products, announces it has re-launched SteelPhalt as a world-leading asphalt company with unique solutions for every roadmaking challenge. Through sustainable products that deliver high skid resistance and better durability, SteelPhalt makes high-performance asphalt to reduce the carbon footprint of road-laying by 40-percent. These trusted solutions aim to protect the planet and deliver durable roads for a more sustainable world.
Vanguard Renewables, a U.S. leader in farm-derived renewable natural gas, announces the recent appointment of David Darr as its Chief Sustainability Officer. Darr joins Vanguard Renewables from Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) in Kansas City, KS. “For more than twenty years, David has worked to enhance sustainable and regenerative farming practices across the United States. At this time of expansive growth for Vanguard Renewables, it is a tremendous opportunity to bring David to our team,” said Neil H. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Vanguard Renewables. “David’s knowledge, expertise, and energy will be instrumental in guiding our sustainability initiatives and solutions internally and for our farm and food industry partners.”
Indore-based leading incense stick manufacturer Mysore Deep Perfumery House (MDPH) and HelpUsGreen, the pioneer in flower recycling technology, has inked a pact to produce incense sticks with recycled flowers. ”MDPH and HelpUsGreen have recently inked an MoU to launch Nature Flower fragrant incense sticks made from recycled flowers,” a company release Thursday said. Flowers are an integral part of divine rituals in India, be it at a temple, a gurdwara or a mosque and almost all the flowers are thrown out as waste in garbage or in rivers, it said. The rivers play an important role in India and are the lifeline of Indian culture, it added. There is a constant need to clean the rivers and to give the flowers used in rituals a new lease of life, MDPH said. MDPH with its flagship brand Zed Black is amongst the top three brands of agarbatti manufacturers in the country.
Mirova has named Mathilde Dufour as its director of sustainability research and member of its management committee. Dufour, who is currently the director of research for the listed equities area, will take over responsibility for the entire sustainability research team on February 1, 2022. She succeeds Ladislas Smia who is leaving the firm after 11 years, and has been director of research since 2020. During her time at Mirova, Dufour has been involved in the creation and launch of the Global Green Bond and Women Leaders strategies, as well as the firm’s engagement and voting policy. She will report to Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova, and will be a member of the management committee.
Citing India’s commitment to deep economic reforms and ease of doing business, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asserted that this is the best time to invest in the country as policy-making is focussed on the needs for the next 25 years for a ‘clean and green’ as well as ‘sustainable and reliable’ growth period. In his special address to the World Economic Forum’s online Davos Agenda 2022 summit, Modi underlined a host of reform measures undertaken by his government to stress that it has worked to reduce the administration’s interference in business by deregulating many sectors and to clear the way for free trade agreements with different countries.
Climate action is vital. And yet there is a risk that, taken alone, climate action could mean those with economic power keep it, all the while avoiding the bigger, systemic changes required to face our social and environmental challenges. We argue here for climate action that works within a local resilience and food sovereignty framework so that it is grounded in a societal transformation rather than solely an economic reorientation of direction. We are currently faced with huge, complex conundrums which our existing social and political structures are struggling to resolve. Climate change is among the environmental crises which offers us the opportunity to shift from an extractive economy based on debt and endless growth to a circular one based on wellbeing, co-operation and regeneration of our natural world.