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Six Organizations To Support for World Refugee Day

June 20 Marks a Day to Commemorate Refugees Around the Globe

Press Release – June 4, 2019 — World Refugee Day, a day dedicated to commemorating the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of individuals and families who have been forced to flee, will take place on June 20, 2019. According to the UN Refugee Agency, 68.5 million individuals have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. Today, the world’s forcibly displaced population remains at a record high.

There are many organizations working to support refugees; below are a few inspiring social enterprises serving migrants and refugees around the world through disaster relief, financial services and job placement. Each was chosen to participate in a special accelerator by Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.

  • Talent Beyond Boundaries is the only organization in the world connecting refugees to international job opportunities, opening labor mobility as a complementary solution to traditional refugee resettlement.
  • Needs List is a real-time needs registry for disaster relief and humanitarian aid. The platform aggregates needs from vetted nonprofits, matching them with corporate resources to increase the speed, efficiency, and transparency of crisis response.
  • Makers Unite creates sustainable products, including tote bags, laptop cases, and travel pouches, that bring a powerful positive message of connecting across cultures. With its social enterprise program, production is handled by newcomers who are employed full time by Makers Unite, and revenue from products is 100% invested back into the program.
  • Leaf Global Fintech provides virtual financial services to refugees for security and efficiency, allowing safe storage and transport of assets across borders and reducing risk while creating an economic identity.
  • Five One Labs is a start-up incubator in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq that helps refugees and conflict-affected entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses.
  • All the World’s a Stage is a unique volunteering project for those interested in getting a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the challenges facing refugees. Using a revolutionary method of participatory theatre that enables refugees to explore the challenges in their lives through story and narrative, volunteers will have the opportunity to support refugees in navigating their new lives in their host country, empowering their potential and forming life-long friendships, whilst building their own leadership skills.

“We were inspired by all of the applicants and their imaginative solutions to restore dignity to the most marginalized among our common human family,” said Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., Executive Director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. “The enterprises in the SEM cohort were chosen based on their clear impact on displaced people or human trafficking survivors and their ability to benefit from accompaniment by our incredible mentors as they discern how to scale their impact.”

Miller Center’s pioneering Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins (SEM) Online is a six-month, mentored virtual accelerator program designed to develop social enterprise’s impact and business models, at no cost to them. The program was launched in 2018 and is believed to be the first accelerator for social enterprises serving or led by refugees, migrants, or human trafficking survivors. From more than 100 applicants from around the world, 18 organizations were selected to participate in the inaugural program.

Based on the SEM program’s success, SEM 2 is being planned now. The call for applications is worldwide; enterprises with impact in Asia are particularly encouraged to apply. Social enterprises that focus on migrants, refugees or human trafficking survivors are invited to apply here. Applications are open until August 2, 2019.

About Miller Center

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship (website here) has accelerated more than 1000 social enterprises since 2003. These collectively have improved, transformed, or saved the lives of over 380 million people in 100 countries. We help transform social ministries to more sustainable social enterprise models. We engage Santa Clara University students in research that helps social enterprises, leveraging our location in the heart of Silicon Valley and our Jesuit ambition to end poverty and protect the planet.


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Giving USA 2019: Americans Gave $427.71 Billion To Charity In 2018 Amid Complex Year For Charitable Giving

Shaped by a mixture of countervailing economic and policy factors, total contributions grew 0.7% in current dollars, declined 1.7% adjusted for inflation

Press Release – CHICAGO [June 18, 2019] — Amid a complex climate for charitable giving, American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $427.71 billion to U.S. charities in 2018, according to Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018.

Total charitable giving rose 0.7% measured in current dollars over the revised total of $424.74 billion contributed in 2017. Adjusted for inflation, total giving declined 1.7%. (Please see below for a more detailed breakdown of the numbers for each philanthropic source and sector.)

Giving USA, the longest-running and most comprehensive report of its kind in America, is published by Giving USA Foundation, a public service initiative of The Giving Institute. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

“After reaching record-breaking levels of giving in 2017, American individuals and organizations continued their generous support of charitable institutions in 2018,” said Rick Dunham, chair of Giving USA Foundation and CEO of Dunham + Company. “However, the environment for giving in 2018 was far more complex than most years, with shifts in tax policy and the volatility of the stock market. This is particularly true for the wide range of households that comprise individual giving and provide over two-thirds of all giving.”

A number of competing factors in the economic and public policy environments may have affected donors’ decisions in 2018, shifting some previous giving patterns. Many economic variables that shape giving, such as personal income, had relatively strong growth, while the stock market decline in late 2018 may have had a dampening effect. The policy environment also likely influenced some donors’ behavior. One important shift in the 2018 giving landscape is the drop in the number of individuals and households who itemize various types of deductions on their tax returns. This shift came in response to the federal tax policy change that doubled the standard deduction. More than 45 million households itemized deductions in 2016.

Numerous studies suggest that number may have dropped to approximately 16 to 20 million households in 2018, reducing an incentive for charitable giving.

“The complexity of the charitable giving climate in 2018 contributed to uneven growth among different segments of the philanthropic sector. Growth in total giving was virtually flat. Contributions from individuals and their bequests were not as strong as in 2017, while giving by foundations and corporations experienced healthy growth,” said Amir Pasic, Ph.D., the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “Charitable giving is multi- dimensional, however, and it is challenging to disentangle the degree to which each factor may have had an impact. With many donors experiencing new circumstances for their giving, it may be some time before the philanthropic sector can more fully understand how donor behavior changed in response to these forces and timing.”

The overall U.S. economy was relatively strong in 2018, lifted by the robust performance of many of the economic factors that affect giving, such as a 5.0% increase in disposable personal income and 5.2% growth in the GDP, both in current dollars. Giving by foundations and giving by corporations were buoyed by the strong run of the stock market in the past few years.

Individual giving declined.

“As we’ve seen in previous years, the strong economy had a positive influence on individual giving; however, these positive effects may have been tempered by policy changes and other factors to create a more mixed picture for giving in 2018. About half of all Americans give, and the tax policy changes may have created uncertainty for some donors, especially those who previously itemized but no longer will,” said Una Osili, Ph.D., associate dean for research and international programs at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “We have strong historical data about the link between economic variables, the stock market and charitable giving, and we will be analyzing data for the next few years to better understand how broad giving patterns may have changed.”

Highlights about Charitable Giving by Source

  • Giving by foundations had a record-breaking year, reaching its highest-ever dollar amount even when adjusted for inflation, and growing to its largest share (18%) of total giving to date in 2018.
  • Giving by individuals decreased as a percentage of total giving in 2018 to 68% (down from 70% in 2017), despite achieving its third-highest total dollar amount on record, adjusted for inflation.
  • Giving by corporations experienced solid growth in 2018. This type of giving is highly responsive to changes in corporate pre-tax dollars and GDP, and its year-over-year trend lines tend to be more turbulent as a result.
  • Giving by bequest did not keep pace with inflation.

The Numbers for 2018 Charitable Giving by Source:

Giving by individuals totaled an estimated $292.09 billion, declining 1.1% in 2018 (a decrease of 3.4%, adjusted for inflation).

 

Giving by foundations increased by an estimated 7.3%, to $75.86 billion in 2018 (an increase of 4.7%, adjusted for inflation). Data on foundation giving are provided by Candid (formerly known as the Foundation Center).

 

Giving by bequest totaled an estimated $39.71 billion in 2018, remaining flat with a 0.0% increase from 2017 (a 2.3% decline, adjusted for inflation).

 

Giving by corporations is estimated to have increased by 5.4% in 2018, totaling $20.05 billion (an increase of 2.9%, adjusted for inflation).

 

“Giving by foundations represented 18% of all charitable dollars given in 2018—an unprecedented dollar amount and an unprecedented share of total giving. The strong growth in giving by foundations and in giving by corporations helped bolster total giving overall in 2018,” said Rachel Hutchisson, chair of The Giving Institute, and vice president of corporate citizenship and philanthropy for Blackbaud. “These results highlight the importance of institutions to the philanthropic landscape, and serve as a reminder that different types of approaches to philanthropy are vital for strengthening and expanding the field, especially in complex years like this one.”

Highlights about 2018 Giving to Charitable Organizations

  • Charitable sectors saw uneven growth in 2018 in current dollars, with two categories of recipient organizations growing, three categories staying relatively flat, and four categories declining.
  • Some of the categories of charitable organizations that had declines in 2018, including giving to education and giving to foundations, experienced strong growth in 2017, even when adjusted for inflation. It is not unusual for strong growth in giving one year to be followed by slower growth or a decline in the following year, especially in terms of inflation-adjusted dollars.
  • Giving to the public-society benefit subsector decreased in 2018 after eight years of consecutive growth. Similarly, giving to religion declined in 2018 after six years of slow growth and one year of flat growth in inflation-adjusted dollars in 2017.
  • Giving to human services, health, and arts, culture and humanities organizations stayed relatively flat in 2018 in current dollars, and did not keep pace with inflation.
  • International affairs and environment and animal organizations were the two types of recipient organizations that experienced substantial growth in giving in 2018.

“Despite declines in 2018, many subsectors experienced their second-best year for giving ever, when adjusting for inflation,” said Laura MacDonald, vice-chair of Giving USA Foundation and founder of Benefactor Group. “We know that there are organizations in each of these subsectors that found success in 2018, as well as organizations that faced challenges. The chapters of the report offer greater context for understanding how some groups are continuing to raise charitable dollars even when some donors are facing new giving conditions. Now, as always, it is vital for organizations to understand the forces impacting their foundation, corporate and individual donors.”

The Numbers for 2018 Charitable Giving to Recipients:

Giving to religion is estimated to have declined by 1.5% (a decrease of 3.9% adjusted for inflation), receiving $124.52 billion in contributions.

 

Giving to education is estimated to have declined by 1.3% (decreasing 3.7% adjusted for inflation), to $58.72 billion.

 

Giving to human services is estimated to have stayed relatively flat, decreasing by 0.3% (a decrease of 2.7% adjusted for inflation), totaling $51.54 billion.

 

Giving to foundations is estimated to have decreased by 6.9% (declining by 9.1% adjusted for inflation) to $50.29 billion, based on data provided by Candid.

 

Giving to health organizations is estimated to have had flat growth of 0.1% (a decline of 2.3% adjusted for inflation) at $40.78 billion.

 

Giving to public-society benefit organizations decreased by an estimated 3.7% (decreasing 6.0% adjusted for inflation), to $31.21 billion.

 

Giving to arts, culture, and humanities is estimated to have stayed relatively flat, increasing 0.3% (declining 2.1% adjusted for inflation) to $19.49 billion.

 

Giving to international affairs is estimated to have increased by 9.6% (an increase of 7.0% adjusted for inflation), to $22.88 billion.

 

Giving to environment and animal organizations is estimated to have increased 3.6% (an increase of 1.2% adjusted for inflation), to $12.70 billion.

 

“The range of results in giving to charitable organizations reflects a blend of factors that are specific to 2018 and factors that are longer-term trends. For instance, giving to religion, which is comprised largely of donations by individuals, declined in 2018. That decline follows trends in individual giving, but the decline is likely aided by a number of other factors, such as the growing number of Americans who are not affiliated with a religious group,” said Patrick M. Rooney, Ph.D., executive associate dean for academic programs at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “In addition, giving to environment and animals, the smallest category of giving to charitable organizations, has grown for five consecutive years. Giving to environment and animal organizations reached an all-time high in 2018.”

In addition, giving to individuals, which is 2% of total giving, is estimated to have declined 2.6% (4.9% in inflation-adjusted dollars) in 2018, to $9.06 billion. The bulk of these donations are in- kind gifts of medications to patients in need, made through the patient assistance programs of pharmaceutical companies’ operating foundations.

Unallocated giving was $6.53 billion in 2018. This amount can be considered the difference between giving by source and use in a particular year. It includes the difference between itemized deductions by individuals (and households) carried over from previous years. The tax year in which a gift is claimed by the donor (carried over) and the year when the recipient organization reports it as revenue (the year in which it is received) may be different.


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The Cinema Medium And The United Nations World Food Programme Announce New Poignant “Feed Our Future” Global Cinema Advertising Campaign

Premiering at Cannes Lions and to be released in cinemas around the world starting September 2019

Inspired by hunger, the Global Cinema Medium urges audiences to help the World Food Programme Feed Our Future

Ecuador, Imbabura Province, Zuleta, 27 November 2016
WFP implements a home-grown school meals programme in Ecuador. Linking smallholder farmers to schools is doubly beneficial in supporting local agricultural production and ensuring children have access to fresh, nutritious food. School meals allow children to focus on their studies rather than their stomachs, helps increase enrolment and attendance, decrease drop-out rates and improve cognitive abilities.
In the photo: children enjoy their home-grown school meals at a school in Zuleta, which help them to concentrate better in class.
Photo: WFP/Alejandra Leon

Press Release – CANNES – Tuesday, 18 June 2018: Following a successful 2018 campaign, SAWA, the Global Cinema Advertising Association, in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, premiered the new “Feed Our Future” cinema advertisement during the SAWA seminar at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. The global cinema ad highlights the potential lost to the world when children’s voices are silenced due to hunger.

The 60-second cinema ad was directed by Nick Gordon and conceived by advertising legend Sir John Hegarty and The Garage Soho. Thanks to the support of the SAWA network of Global Cinema Advertising Companies, “Feed Our Future” will air on Cinema screens in more than 30 countries starting in September 2019, with a call to action to help keep children’s voices alive by visiting wfp.org and donating to help save a child’s life.

The chilling narrative opens on a scene of destruction torn straight from today’s headlines where conflict and hunger are deeply intertwined. We see children playing in rubble and gazing out of bombed-out buildings. Softly, a small chorus of voices begins singing “How Can I Tell You” by Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens. As the short film progresses, one by one these children disappear until only one voice remains — an unnerving conclusion that mirrors the harsh realities faced by the 3 million children around the world who lose their lives to hunger or malnutrition each year. The audience is then prompted to help keep the dreams, aspirations, and potential of these children alive by visiting wfp.org.

Once again, the SAWA “Feed Our Future” seminar at Cannes Lions brought together leaders in creativity, entertainment, and humanitarian aid, with remarks from former chairman of Cannes Lions Terry Savage, Sir John Hegarty of The Garage Soho, Executive Director of WFP David Beasley, and Country Director of WFP Syria, Corinne Fleischer. The session explored the inspiration behind the global cinema advertisement, the power of the cinema audience and the role of creativity in achieving a world with Zero Hunger.

“Advertising isn’t just there for selling stuff. It’s also there to help save lives”, said Sir John Hegarty.

“Cinema has stirred and educated audiences in Cinemas since the first film arrived. Following the success of our Global Cinema ad in 2018, we believe that the medium of Cinema can motivate audiences to create a movement for Zero Hunger”, said Cheryl Wannell, CEO of SAWA. “The global cinema medium is inspired by hunger to feed our future, and we are proud to partner with the World Food Programme again this year to support their efforts to minimize the impact of hunger by engaging this very influential audience”.

“Last year, we saw the impact movie audiences can have when they are moved by compassion and urgency to help achieve a world without hunger,” said David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. “Thanks to the continued support from SAWA and the Global Cinema Advertising Companies, we believe even more people will be motivated this year to join the cause and help ensure that no children no longer have to worry where their next meal will come from”.

Thanks to the unparalleled support of SAWA and its network of Global Cinema Advertising companies, and the support of UniqueX who will distribute the ad, “Feed Our Future” will air on cinema screens in over 30 countries from September to November 2019, coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly and other major global forums.

At time when 821 million people – one in nine, globally – still go to sleep on an empty stomach each night, the cinema medium is becoming a conduit for individuals to help move the world closer to eliminating hunger.

For more information about the “Feed Our Future” advertisement and campaign, and to learn how to get involved in creating a world with Zero Hunger, please visit: www.wfp.org.


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Giving Compass Hires Former Tech Executive Jina Heverley To Drive The Next Phase, Moving From Awareness To Action

After learning from over 350,000 user sessions of its digital products, Giving Compass makes a big bet on driving action towards impact driven philanthropy

Press Release – SEATTLE, WA (June 17, 2019)Giving Compass, a digital platform for donors who want to give with more impact, is excited to announce the appointment of Jina Heverley as Managing Director/General Manager.

Jina comes to Giving Compass with over 10 years of deep audience growth and engagement experience, technology innovation, and digital product growth and scale. She was an instrumental leader in taking Seattle’s successful company, Big Fish Games, from startup to over 20M monthly users. Giving Compass is excited to leverage her expertise to innovate and drive toward scale and meaningful impact.

“We recognized that we had philanthropy and technology expertise on our team, but were missing a voice of experience in driving large scale audience growth and engagement. We’re delighted to leverage Jina’s incredible skills, fully rounding out our leadership team. Giving Compass is committed to connecting the knowledge of philanthropy to the best of technology in order to reach and support donors to give with impact,” said Jeff Raikes, co-founder.

Launched in September 2017, Giving Compass hosts more than 30,000 sessions per month, encouraging donors to give with impact. The personalized products are based on the premise that it’s not just where you give that matters, but also how you give. While a majority of donors say they want to give with impact, only a small proportion do any research on the organizations they support, and few compare organizations based on impact. Giving Compass offers donors with a trusted destination to do research on issues and organizations and connect with others who can support their learning journey.

“How many of us really take a moment to consider the impact of our giving? We give over $300B as individuals every year: can we do it with bigger impact?” said Jina Heverley. “Giving Compass has enlightened my own perception and knowledge of giving and I’m deeply motivated to help donors to give better. I invite each one of you to do a simple exercise: visit Givingplanner.org, answer 3 simple questions and see how your giving compares with others like you; it is a personal journey and Giving Compass gives you the tools and resources to improve.”

Jina is joined by former Big Fish Games colleague Mat Sorensen, Vice President of Engineering. “We are inspired to continue to build on the great momentum created by the Giving Compass team and the network of incredible partners,” said Heverley.

Giving Compass partners with a collective of corporate citizens, foundations, and nonprofits to support donors to give with impact, including Boardsource, Bright Funds Foundation, Center for Effective Philanthropy, Charity Navigator, Global Brigades, Global Giving, Imperative, LEAP Ambassadors, National Center for Family Philanthropy, New Profit, Philanthropy Roundtable, Raikes Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Social Impact Exchange, Social Venture Partners, Stanford PACS, The Bridgespan Group, The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, The Impact Network, The Philanthropy Workshop, VolunteerMatch and more.

About Giving Compass

Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Giving Compass is a nonprofit portal organizing the world’s information to make it easier to give well. Giving Compass guides donors who want to give with intention and impact on a journey to learn, connect with others, and take action to drive meaningful change in communities and the world. Learn more at givingcompass.org.


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Changing The Lives Of Children With Special Needs

Pro surfer and board shaper Guy Takayama is coming to North Carolina

Pro surfer Guy Takayama – Courtesy of CapturedByMartina.com

Press Release – WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA – Preparing a child to meet the challenges of life is a complicated journey. The journey is extraordinarily complex and frequently laden with obstacles for children with special needs.

Surf camps by non-profit Indo Jax Charities serve children facing a variety of life challenges, including visual impairment, autism, cancer, loss of parents, and juvenile diabetes. New on the summer schedule for 2019 is a session for Special Olympians.

“We always start wherever the child is in their life. Every child has a different goal,” said Jack Viorel, founder of Indo Jax Surf Charities. “Some children are working on mobility; others might be working on communication. Some are working on fear. We work on whatever the child needs. We don’t have a set agenda. When you do that you can always be successful.”

Twelve years and more than 5,000 students later, Viorel’s unique curriculum has gained international media attention and accolades from both parents and children.

“The most powerful thing we do is to help children get out of their comfort zone and succeed,” said Viorel. “When I was a school teacher, I always knew surfing could be used to build confidence and self-esteem in children with special needs.”

World champion surfer, artist, and surfboard shaper Guy Takayama will join the Indo Jax team for the Visually Impaired and Special Olympics camps in mid-July. “He has worked with blind children and Special Olympians through his charity in California,” said Viorel. “Guy also handcrafted a surfboard to help support our North Carolina camps and had it signed by famous surfers such as David Nuuhiwa and Jericho Poppler.” The Takayama board will be auctioned at a charity event later this summer.

No child is turned away from the special needs surf camps due to inability to pay. “Thanks to individuals and organizations like Live Oak Bank, United Healthcare, the Jordan Spieth Foundation, and Blockade Runner Beach Resort, we can keep up with most of the demand,” said Viorel. “The last two years, our Autism camps filled and were closed to new registrations. We’re still working to hold more programs to accommodate the needs of these children.”

2019 Surf Camps (Partial Schedule)

July 16, 17, 18
Visually Impaired Camp in Memory of Anita Lathan (Wrightsville Beach, NC)

July 16, 17, 18
Access of Wilmington (Wrightsville Beach, NC)

July 19
Special Olympics – New Hanover County (Wrightsville Beach, NC)

July 23, 24, 25
Special Needs Camp (Cayucos, CA)

July 30, 31, Aug. 1
Juvenile Diabetes Camp (Cayucos, CA)

August 6, 7, 8
Childhood Cancer Camp in Memory of Donnalee Wilcox (Wrightsville Beach, NC)

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Solar, Wind, Batteries To Attract $10 Trillion To 2050, But Curbing Emissions Long-Term Will Require Other Technologies Too

Low-cost renewables and batteries can put world on a path over the next decade compatible with 2 degrees Celsius. Staying on that path from the 2030s will be another challenge.

Press Release – London and New York, June 18, 2019 – Deep declines in wind, solar and battery technology costs will result in a grid nearly half-powered by the two fast-growing renewable energy sources by 2050, according to the latest projections from BloombergNEF (BNEF). In its New Energy Outlook 2019 (NEO), BNEF sees these technologies ensuring that – at least until 2030 – the power sector contributes its share toward keeping global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius. [1]

Each year, NEO compares the costs of competing energy technologies through a levelized cost of energy analysis. This year, the report finds that, in approximately two-thirds of the world, wind or solar now represent the least expensive option for adding new power-generating capacity. Electricity demand is set to increase 62%, resulting in global generating capacity almost tripling between 2018 and 2050. This will attract $13.3 trillion in new investment.

NEO starts by analyzing technology trends and fuel prices to build a least cost view of the changing electricity sector. The results show coal’s role in the global power mix falling from 37% today to 12% by 2050 while oil as a power-generating source is virtually eliminated. Wind and solar grow from 7% of generation today to 48% by 2050. The contributions of hydro, natural gas, and nuclear remain roughly level on a percentage basis.

Matthias Kimmel, NEO 2019 lead analyst, said: “Our power system analysis reinforces a key message from previous New Energy Outlooks – that solar photovoltaic modules, wind turbines and lithium-ion batteries are set to continue on aggressive cost reduction curves, of 28%, 14% and 18% respectively for every doubling in global installed capacity. By 2030, the energy generated or stored and dispatched by these three technologies will undercut electricity generated by existing coal and gas plants almost everywhere.”

The projected growth of renewables through 2030 indicates that many nations can follow a path for the next decade and a half that is compatible with keeping the increase in world temperatures to 2 degrees or less. And they can do this without introducing additional direct subsidies for existing technologies such as solar and wind.

“The days when direct supports such as feed-in tariffs are needed are coming to an end,” said Elena Giannakopoulou, head of energy economics at BNEF. “Still, to achieve this level of transition and de-carbonization, other policy changes will be required – namely, the reforming of power markets to ensure wind, solar, and batteries are remunerated properly for their contributions to the grid. NEO is fundamentally policy-agnostic, but it does assume that markets operate rationally and fairly to allow lowest-cost providers to win.”

Europe will decarbonize its grid the fastest with 92% of its electricity supplied by renewables in 2050. Major Western European economies in particular are already on a trajectory to significantly decarbonize thanks to carbon pricing and strong policy support. The U.S., with its abundance of low-priced natural gas, and China, with its modern fleet of coal-fired plants, follow at a slower pace.

China sees its power sector emissions peaking in 2026, and then falling by more than half in the next 20 years. Asia’s electricity demand will more than double to 2050. At $5.8 trillion, the whole Asia Pacific region will account for almost half of all new capital spent globally to meet that rising demand. China and India together are a $4.3 trillion investment opportunity. The U.S. will see $1.1 trillion invested in new power capacity, with renewables more than doubling its generation share, to 43% in 2050.

The outlook for global emissions and keeping temperature increases to 2 degrees or less is mixed, according to this year’s NEO. On the one hand, the build-out of solar, wind and batteries will put the world on a path that is compatible with these objectives at least until 2030. On the other hand, a lot more will need to be done beyond that date to keep the world on that 2 degree path.

One reason is that wind and solar will be capable of reaching 80% of the electricity generation mix in a number of countries by mid-century, with the help of batteries, but going beyond that will be difficult and will require other technologies to play a part – with nuclear, biogas-to-power, green hydrogen-to-power and carbon capture and storage among the contenders.

BNEF’s NEO director, Seb Henbest commented: “Our analysis suggests that governments need to do two separate things – one is to ensure their markets are friendly to the expansion of low-cost wind, solar and batteries; and the other is to back research and early deployment of these other technologies so that they can be harnessed at scale from the 2030s onwards.”

In NEO 2019, BNEF for the first time considers 100% electrification of road transport and the heating of residential buildings, leading to a significant expansion of power generation’s role.

Under such this projection, overall electricity demand would grow by a quarter compared to a future in which road transport and residential heat only electrify as far as assumed in the main NEO scenario. Total generation capacity in 2050 would have to be three times the size of what is installed today. Overall, electrifying heat and transport would lower economy-wide emissions, saving 126GtCO2 between 2018 and 2050.

Figure 1: Global power sector CO2 emissions

Source: BloombergNEF

Figure 2: Global power generation mix

Source: BloombergNEF

NEO 2019 is the result of a detailed study of the outlook for energy demand and supply, country-by-country, conducted by 65 BNEF analysts around the world. It draws on BNEF’s market-leading work on the evolving economics of different generation sources.

About BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF (BNEF) is a leading provider of primary research on clean energy, advanced transport, digital industry, innovative materials, and commodities. With a team of experts spread across six continents, BNEF leverages the world’s most sophisticated data sets to create clear perspectives and in-depth forecasts that frame the financial, economic and policy implications of industry-transforming trends and technologies. Available online, on mobile and on the Terminal, BNEF is powered by Bloomberg’s global network of 19,000 employees in 176 locations, reporting 5,000 news stories a day. Visit https://about.bnef.com/ or request more information.

About Bloomberg

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Terminal. Bloomberg’s enterprise solutions build on the company’s core strength: leveraging technology to allow customers to access, integrate, distribute and manage data and information across organizations more efficiently and effectively. For more information, visit Bloomberg.com/company or request a demo.

[1] Importantly, major progress in de-carbonization will also be required in other segments of the world’s economy to address climate change.


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“Issue With Tissue” Sustainability Scorecard Flunks Charmin And Other Toilet Paper Brands

NRDC/Stand.earth Report Exposes the “Tree-to-Toilet Pipeline” Destroying Canada’s Boreal Forest

Press Release – WASHINGTON, DC – A new report takes the largest tissue companies to task for destroying North American forests and exacerbating the world’s climate crisis. “The Issue with Tissue” reveals Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, and Georgia-Pacific use zero recycled content in their toilet paper, instead relying on ancient trees clear-cut from the Canadian boreal forest (the “Amazon of the North”). The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Stand.earth includes a scorecard grading the sustainability of toilet paper and other tissue products. The average American uses three rolls of toilet paper a week – and major brands’ refusal to create more sustainable products makes consumers unwittingly complicit in flushing forests down the toilet.

This destructive “tree-to-toilet pipeline” does massive harm to Indigenous Peoples and iconic species like the boreal caribou and Canada lynx. Canada’s boreal forest also stores nearly two times as much carbon as is in all the world’s recoverable oil reserves combined. Toilet paper and tissue manufacturers continue to rely on forests even though they have the resources and means to create and deliver products with recycled and responsibly sourced content that are better for the planet.

The NRDC/Stand.earth report features a sustainability-based scorecard for at-home tissue brands, assigning “F” grades to such leading U.S. toilet paper brands as Charmin, Quilted Northern, and Angel Soft. Brands using recycled paper content, including 365, Seventh Generation, and Natural Value were among those awarded “A” grades in the report. The NRDC/Stand.earth scorecard also ranks facial tissues and paper towels.

Anthony Swift, director, Canada Project, NRDC, said: “Most Americans probably do not know that the toilet paper they flush away comes from ancient forests, but clear-cutting those forests is costing the planet a great deal. Maintaining the Canadian boreal forest is vital to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.”

Charmin, the nation’s leading toilet paper brand made by Procter & Gamble, is specifically called out for refusing to increase its use of recycled materials.

Shelley Vinyard, report co-author and boreal corporate campaign manager, NRDC, said: “We’re calling on Procter & Gamble, as the maker of America’s leading toilet paper brand, to stop flushing forests down the toilet. Procter & Gamble has the innovation resources to bring Charmin into the 21st century; the question is whether the company will embrace its reputation as an innovator to create sustainable products using recycled material instead of clear-cut trees.”

Deputy Grand Chief Mandy Gull, Cree Nation, said: “As Indigenous Peoples in the boreal forest, we live on the food from our land. The forest is our supermarket, with aisles of berries and meats and fish. My hope is that, once people know that their choice of tissue will determine whether food will be there for us tomorrow, they will help protect our homelands by switching to recycled and responsibly sourced products.”

The Canadian boreal is a vast landscape of coniferous, birch, and aspen trees. It contains some of the last of the world’s remaining intact forests, and is home to over 600 Indigenous communities, as well as boreal caribou, pine marten, and billions of songbirds. The loss of intact boreal forest is impacting Indigenous Peoples’ ways of life and driving the decline of caribou and other species.

Tzeporah Berman, director, International Program, Stand.earth, said: “As a Canadian, I am horrified that Charmin and other leading brands are making toilet paper out of trees clearcut from ancient boreal forests. These forests are some of the most important intact ecosystems left on earth — they are the breeding grounds for the majority of North America’s songbirds and home to threatened species such as boreal caribou — and we are flushing them down the toilet?”

Fortunately, solutions to the tree-to-toilet pipeline already exist. Instead of relying on virgin fiber from ancient forests, tissue companies can use recycled content or sustainably sourced alternative fibers. Use of these materials to create tissue can dramatically reduce our destructive impact on the boreal and other forests in North America and around the world.

The NRDC/Stand.earth report reveals that “the United States is a particularly voracious consumer of tissue products. The U.S. tissue market generates $31 billion in revenue every year, second only to China, and Americans, who make up just over 4 percent of the world’s population, account for over 20 percent of global tissue consumption.”

NRDC and Stand.earth are calling on Procter & Gamble and other toilet paper and tissue manufacturers to shift to recycled content and sustainable alternative fibers, and to take additional steps to ensure their supply chain is fully protective of boreal caribou habitat and respects Indigenous Peoples’ rights to their lands. Now is the time for action to mitigate the climate crisis and protect the world’s remaining forests, rather than flushing our vital forest ecosystems away.

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UNCDF Launches Digital Economy Strategy—“Leaving No One Behind In The Digital Era”

Strategy Aims to Equip Millions to Use Digital Services to Achieve the SDGs by 2024

Press Release – Kampala, Uganda—The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) today launched its digital strategy–“Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era”–envisioned to promote inclusive digital economies, specifically in least-developed countries (LDCs), in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The opportunity we have with the ‘Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era’ strategy is to get digital finance and innovation working for those left behind,” said Judith Karl, Executive Secretary of UNCDF. “That is why we are proud to launch our digital strategy and to do so in Uganda. Because it is one of our tools to change the financing for development architecture to ensure that sustainable development reaches the last mile, and that it does so by 2030.”

Under the strategy—“Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era”—UNCDF will look to build inclusive digital economies at the country level so that LDC populations can access a range of financial services in order to become active participants in their local economies. UNCDF will deploy the new strategy in more than 20 least developed countries, spanning East and West Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and will focus on establishing the digital infrastructure, innovation ecosystem and enabling policy framework that will result in national digital economies that are inclusive and sustainable. By applying a market development approach, the strategy is designed to create a “crowding-in” effect that will incentivize digital finance and digital innovation enablers to enter markets they may otherwise overlook, while continuously seeking and addressing market challenges.

The vision of “Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era” is to empower millions to use digital services that will leverage innovation and technology while contributing to the SDGs, and to achieve this vision by the year 2024.

The launch of the strategy took place in Kampala where UNCDF signed an agreement with the Swedish Embassy in Uganda to fund the strategy in the country, and to work in partnership with the Ugandan government. In Uganda, the goal of “Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era” is to empower 1 million Ugandans to use digital services by 2024.

“We are proud to launch this program that seeks to develop and scale digital solutions for marginalised groups for development impact in agriculture, health and education; important sectors when looking at Uganda’s economic development,” said H.E. Per Lingarde, Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, at today’s ceremony.

“ICT is only successful where it is accessible and affordable,” said Charles Lwanga Auk, Assistant Commissioner in the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance for the Ugandan government. “As a ministry, we pledge our support to this program. We look forward to working with UNCDF and the Swedish Embassy in Uganda.”

The strategy will look to specifically support SDG 17 through partnering with private and public stakeholders, and SDG 1 through building inclusive economies that help eliminate poverty, while impacting several other SDGs. Most importantly, while barriers exist that prevent users from progressing beyond basic mobile services like calling and messaging, UNCDF’s strategy will look to leverage mobile technology to enable “last mile” access to, and usage of, impactful solutions in the sectors of finance, agriculture, health, education, and energy.

The market development approach that guides the “Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era” strategy relies on four workstreams: empowered customers, inclusive innovation, enabling policy and regulation, and an open digital payment ecosystem. Success in each of these four workstreams will create the environment where digital services can empower people in the world’s toughest geographies to lead productive and healthy lives, notably youth, women, migrants, refugees, and micro-,small-,and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

“Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era” is a strategy that builds on the success of several digital finance programmes that UNCDF deployed for over a decade in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, which led to more than 18 million people being connected to their financial ecosystems. More than financial inclusion as an end goal, UNCDF’s philosophy has traditionally involved using digital services to help underserved communities improve their skills, productivity, and marketability in the digital-economy age.


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Wild Salmon Recorded for First Time Inside Fish Farms

ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ / Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation members board salmon farms for the first time to inspect and document the impact of salmon aquaculture in their unceded waters, an area within the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Video Credit: Sea Shepherd

Press Release – Clayoquot Sound, June 17th, 2019 – On June 11, 2019, members from the ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ / Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, including Tribal Parks Guardians and members of the Clayoquot Sound Indigenous Salmon Alliance, boarded and inspected open net pen salmon farms in their territories for the first time. Supported by Sea Shepherd vessel Martin Sheen, Tla-o-qui-aht members deployed underwater cameras to document the state of the farmed salmon inside the pens.

Video footage revealed the presence of never before recorded juvenile wild salmon inside the open net pens. Wild herring and other wild fish species were also recorded as well as the presence of jaundiced, emaciated and deformed farmed fish.

The pens belong to Creative Salmon, a company producing farmed Chinook salmon, and are located near Warne Island within Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO listed World Biosphere Reserve. The same farms have previously been studied by Dr. Kristi Miller, who confirmed the presence of Piscine Orthoreovirus, a virus from Norway that appears to cause the jaundice in Chinook salmon, which leads to organ failure and death.

Independent biologist Alexandra Morton, who was on board the Martin Sheen and reviewed footage from the day’s activities confirmed, “seeing the jaundice Chinook in the pens means the virus PRV is being released into wild salmon habitat and this is going to be part of the reason wild Chinook salmon in the region have mysteriously collapsed. It’s very concerning”.

The underwater cameras also filmed sea lice on the farm fish, something the industry denied was occurring. Sea lice breeding unnaturally on farm fish infect juvenile wild salmon, and cause death. Alarmingly high levels of sea-lice have been observed during the past few months on young wild salmon near fish farms across both coasts of Vancouver Island. Internal government emails reveal the sea-lice situation is out of control.

In a last-ditch effort, Cermaq, a nearby fish farm operator owned by Mitsubishi, has lodged a request to Health Canada for permission to use Lufenuron, a flea treatment for pets, in hopes to contain the outbreak. The drug inhibits formation of exoskeletons in insects, its effects on shell fish, humans and the wider ecosystem are unknown. The chemical is so toxic that fish treated with this chemical cannot be eaten for 350 days.

Joe Martin, a Tla-o-qui-aht Master Carver and Tribal Parks Guardian stated: “This place right here right where we are sitting, all the way up the inlet used to have sockeye jumping everywhere all along the water here. Because these farms have been here for about 30 years, we don’t see fish jumping here anymore, and I am here on this farm because of that.”

The boardings are part of an ongoing movement which has been gathering momentum on the B.C. coast since First Nations in another region of BC occupied Marine Harvest salmon farms for 280 days in 2017/18. Last week’s rally in Tofino dubbed “Salmon: Talking Circle and March for Action!” organized by Tla-o-qui-aht member Tsimka Martin, owner/operator of Tofino based T’ashii Paddle School, saw several hundred people take over the streets of Tofino in opposition to 30 years of devastation to the environment, since the installation of floating farm pens by salmon aquaculture corporations.

Sea Shepherd research vessel Martin Sheen is anchored in Tofino Harbour, conducting its fourth summer season of Operation Virus Hunter, as a platform to conduct research on the effects of salmon farms and in support of First Nations and their efforts to protect indigenous salmon.

Locky Maclean, Director of Marine Operations at Sea Shepherd stated: “Wild salmon and forage fish should be protected from the harmful effects caused by the disease, sea lice and chemicals leaching from these farms” adding “This area has been designated by UNESCO as having universal significance, the Canadian Government has a responsibility to ensure the water flowing through this Sound is clean and healthy, from the open ocean to the inlets and all the way up the rivers”. Concluding, “the only long-term solution is for fish farms to be removed from the environment they are polluting”.

Opposition to salmon farming has become global in recent years as people fight to protect the last wild salmon runs from extinction.


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Patrick Gaspard to Receive Prestigious NAACP Spingarn Medal

Press Release – BALTIMORE – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, has announced that Ambassador Patrick Gaspard will be awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal during the NAACP’s 110th Annual Convention taking place in Detroit, Michigan on July 24.

The award recognizes Gaspard’s’ lifelong commitment to equality and civil rights. Gaspard, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, moved with his parents to the United States when he was three years old. He served as political director for President Barack Obama in the White House and as the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, overseeing the party committee’s efforts to re-elect President Obama. In 2013, President Obama nominated Gaspard to the post of United States ambassador to South Africa. He worked to strengthen civil society and worked in partnership with the South African government to develop the country’s healthcare infrastructure and to support innovations in local governance. He also worked to connect South African entrepreneurs to United States markets; develop clean, renewable, and efficient energy technologies; and to end wildlife trafficking.

“Patrick Gaspard is a global champion for civil and human rights. His contributions to campaigns to end police brutality, improve access to affordable health care, and increase dignity for working families is unparalleled,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. For over 100 years, we have honored leaders who have served as pillars in the fight for justice and this year’s selection of the Patrick Gaspard is no exception.”

“The NAACP has been a beacon and an inspiration to me my entire life; Its leaders blazed the trails we now walk, and helped make my career, and the careers of countless other organizers and activists, possible,” said Gaspard. “The previous recipients of this incredible honor are among my greatest heroes, who showed us what dedication and the courage of our convictions could achieve. To be in their company is beyond humbling. I am enormously grateful for this recognition, and will do all that I can to try, now and in the years to come, to live up to its promise.”

“Ambassador Gaspard’s service within the Labor Movement as well as his tenure as a member of the Obama administration has always inured to the benefit of all Americans,” said Leon W. Russell, NAACP Chairman, National Board of Directors. “His service in the diplomatic corps as Ambassador to South Africa during a challenging period of that nation’s development was stellar.”

The NAACP Spingarn award was established in 1914 by the late Joel E. Spingarn then Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors. It was given annually until his death in 1939. The medal is awarded “for the highest or noblest achievement by a living African American during the preceding year or years.” A fund to continue the award was set up by his will, thus, the NAACP has continued to present this award. Previous recipients of this award include: Mrs. Daisy Bates (Little Rock Nine), Jesse L. Jackson, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Earl G. Graves Sr., Oprah Winfrey, Cecily Tyson, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier and the Honorable Nathaniel Jones. Tickets to the Spingarn Dinner can be purchased on the NAACP Convention website here.

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Other highlights will include a Presidential Candidates Forum, a legislative session, a CEO Roundtable, LGBTQ workshop plus the highly anticipated NAACP Experience retail expo and diversity career fair. More information about the 110th Annual NAACP National Convention, including a detailed schedule of events may be found by visiting naacpconvention.org. Media interested in covering the event should apply for press credentials here.


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