Bee populations in the United Kingdom have dropped around 30% since 2007. What started as an employee idea at Bloomberg has become a project that signifies what's possible when open collaboration is encouraged. Our London office is now home to two beehives, tended by our local BGREEN Squad. The London Apiary, as we now call it, is helping curb the decline in global bee populations – locally.
Every child knows that bees pollinate flowers to produce honey, but most people would be surprised at how many other foods come from pollinators. One out of every three bites of food humans eat comes from a pollinator. The cup of coffee you drink in the morning, your favorite box of chocolates, the chestnuts roasting on an open fire – you can thank pollinators for all those things.
In an effort to increase understanding of ecosystems and biodiversity internally, WBCSD member company Monsanto has recently decided to scale up Business Ecosystems Training (BET) for its Sustainability Champions Core Team and Environmental Affairs team. Until now, Monsanto had given BET to about 50 employees worldwide. New classes will be offered next year using an online training program adapted to the agricultural sector, and a special program for leaders across the organization.
We understand that sustainable, transformational growth is at the heart of the Brazilian government’s economic development plan, as the country aims to become the fifth largest economy by 2016. Read in English (PDF)
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October 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Equal Exchange is celebrating National Co-op Month by introducing Bird of Paradise, a limited reserve, single-origin coffee from Mexico. Register here for a chance to win two seats on their group delegation to visit the Ecological Farmers of the Sierra Madres of Chiapas (CESMACH)! They grow the beans roasted in Equal Exchange’s limited reserve Bird of Paradise coffee.
The world’s governments gathered at the United Nations General Assembly are currently discussing how to accelerate progress on the world’s Millennium Development Goals, which conclude in 2015, and also discussing a new set of Sustainable Development Goals. This piece explores sustainable agriculture for sustainable development.
Conservationists must find common ground with farmers, if they are to achieve their goals of stemming biodiversity loss, says Braulio Dias, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
“In the past we have given most of our attention to the traditional conservation strategy of protected areas. But that won’t work on its own. More and more, we at the Convention are highlighting biodiversity as part of the solution to agricultural problems, rather than an impediment to economic development.”
Long term plan to clean up lake and opening it back to the public
April 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Worldwide pharmaceutical giant, Sanofi, has launched The Arrow Lake Foundation in Mount Pleasant, based on three-year plan dedicated to improving the health, recreational, and educational opportunities for the town’s citizens. The foundation’s long-term plan includes cleaning up Arrow Lake and opening it back to the public.