Feel-good events are taking place around the world to mark the 43rd annual Earth Day, but only a few offer substantive solutions. The REDD Talks are bringing indigenous leaders from the Amazon, business leaders from the United States, and environmental leaders from around the world to Sausalito, California for a rare substantive workshop.
22 April 2013 | Deforestation pumps more than seven billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year, which is more than any single industrial sector. Carbon finance can reduce this by paying people to save endangered rainforest via mechanisms like REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). For these mechanisms to work, however, they must be understood beyond the environmental community. If the private sector doesn’t participate, the programs are doomed.
Towards that end, Wildlife Works Carbon llc and the Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire (CSR Wire) are using Earth Day to try and educate leading executives and the media about REDD+ with their “REDD Talks“, taking place today in Sausalito, California.
Speakers include IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri, Latin American indigenous leader Juan-Carlos Jintiach, Kenyan Women’s Group Leader Mama Mercy, and executives from Puma and Microsoft, as well as Ecosystem Marketplace co-director Molly Peters-Stanley. All presentations will be filmed and later distributed to CSRwire’s 8,000+ Members.
Here is a quick run-down of the topics covered:
- How emissions from deforestation contribute to Global Warming
- That REDD+ is a viable solution and how it works
- How REDD+ helps local landowners and communities in the developing world
- What the private sector can do right now to reverse the Global Warming trend
- How action now will immediately benefit the environment, society and their companies.