In Siaya and Bondo, Kenya, gathering water is an all-day affair. Families walk to collect it from the muddy Yala River. They also have to find wood, a scarce resource. Then, they must boil the water, producing greenhouse gases and, in many cases, indoor air pollution.
On January 20, environmental journalist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben concluded his national college divestment tour in the Old Chapel of Middlebury College, the school where McKibben and many other founders began discussing and organizing around the issue of global climate change. Backdropped by the chapel’s bronze organ pipes and with a howling Vermont wind beating on the windows, McKibben spoke to a crowd of students, faculty, activists, and skeptics.
Salt Lake City is not the first city I’ve visited through my work at NativeEnergy where localized pollution has made for an uncomfortable visit. It serves as a potent reminder of the reason I’m there.
In 2010, Chevrolet announced that they were embarking on their Carbon Reduction Initiative, an effort to invest $40 million in carbon offset projects across the country with the goal of reducing up to 8 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions. The program includes wind, landfill-gas-to-energy, solar, efficiency, and conservation projects.
Many of us take clean water for granted. But in rural Kenya, waterborne illness can be both common and life-threatening.
Our new carbon offset partnership with Triple Quest gives water filters and training in their use to families in need. By purchasing NativeEnergy carbon offsets from the Kenya Clean Water Project, you will help fund this dynamic program.
The holiday season means lots of carbon emissions—from travel, to shopping, to giving gifts. But with our holiday cards, you can send greetings with the climate in mind.
Each biodegradable card includes carbon offsets that help build new renewable energy projects. Better still, the paper is embedded with wildflower seeds that grow.
Pets do a lot for us—from making us giggle to lowering our blood pressure—and life wouldn’t be the same without them. Unfortunately, like people, they have a carbon footprint. According to some researchers, owning a medium-sized dog is comparable to driving a SUV for a year!
During the first week of November, I traveled to the bayou and participated in helping to restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands with In Good Company. The organization is a collaboration of like-minded businesses—such as Clif Bar & Company, Annie’s Homegrown, EILEEN FISHER, King Arthur Flour, and Seventh Generation— that make a commitment to community service. Every year, these values-driven companies join together to make a difference through hands-on action and volunteerism, bringing awareness to important issues and communities in need.
We take climate change seriously at Clif Bar & Company. As one part of our climate strategy, we partner with NativeEnergy to help build new sources of renewable energy. Since 2003 we've invested in more than 30 renewable energy projects, including the first Native American-owned wind turbine in South Dakota and a large-scale wind farm in Greensburg, Kansas, a town that rebuilt green after being destroyed by a massive tornado. We’re especially excited about our recent support of school-based wind turbines in Indiana.
Wind energy is revolutionizing science education. In Indiana, NativeEnergy is helping schools build wind turbines that provide hands-on learning opportunities.