Climate Success Stories
Major US companies (and an important US city) act to clean up their transportation footprints
Some very large companies and one US city recently took different actions to reduce the environmental and social impacts – including carbon emissions – that come from fossil-fueled transportation. Producing transportation fuel from Canada's Tar Sands is more destructive, polluting, and carbon intensive than other ways of producing transportation fuel. Yet there has been a recent corporate shift towards a clean energy future.
Moratorium on Shell's plans to destroy the Sacred Headwaters
Thanks in large part to widespread local opposition supported by ForestEthics, the government of British Columbia recently announced a two-year moratorium on coalbed methane drilling in the pristine wilderness area of the Sacred Headwaters. Royal Dutch Shell had planned to launch a devastating drilling project, and now the company will be barred from all development activity in the Sacred Headwaters for the next two years.
This is our chance to address the root problem:
British Columbia's weak regulatory process for coalbed methane development, one of
the most environmentally harmful sources of natural gas. We have
joined Citizens Concerned About Coalbed Methane (CCCM), a coalition of
BC residents working to protect wilderness areas like the Sacred
Check out CCCM's five-point plan and get involved >>
Preserving our first line of defense against climate change
By absorbing and storing massive amounts of greenhouse gases, forests are our first line of defense against climate change, and keeping them intact will help species adapt to the inevitable changes that global warming will bring. The question is, how can we transform the forest industry to deal with this massive challenge?
After forging an unprecedented collaboration between corporations, logging companies, First Nations (Indigenous groups) and the government of British Columbia, we have spent years helping to pioneer a new form of forest management in the Great Bear Rainforest called ecosystem-based management (EBM). This revolutionary system keeps critical areas and the carbon they store protected from all logging, and its lighter-touch system of logging helps preserve habitat for threatened species. Most importantly, lessons learned from developing the EBM approach are equally applicable to other ecosystems, including aquatic systems and grasslands.
Did we mention that we are taking on some of the worst environmental offenders in the history of the world? Shell, BP, Exxon Mobil, and others, commonly referred to as "Big Oil," are the driving forces behind the Tar Sands and coalbed methane drilling. Our proven strategies for corporate transformation can make a huge difference—but we need your help to carry them out.