World Wildlife Fund Sustainability Works

  • Date: 27 September 2020

Valuing our rivers can help fight against climate change and support wildlife and communities.

Healthy rivers help us adapt to climate change and build more resilient societies, economies and ecosystems. Free-flowing rivers allow for deltas and mangroves that protect coastlines. They sustain fisheries and forests, provide water and support floodplain agriculture to grow food, supporting millions of people. Yet the world over, rivers are themselves under threat from climate change and poorly planned infrastructure. This in turn is threatening our world's fisheries, forests, wildlife habitats and river-based communities. Climate change will also increase the pressure on freshwater species populations, which have already crashed by 84% on average since 1970, according to the latest WWF Living Planet Report.

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  • Date: 24 September 2020
  • Author: By Tim Juliani, director of corporate climate engagement, WWF; and Pete Pearson, senior director of food loss and waste, WWF

Biogas has gained popularity in recent years as a “greener” fuel. This is the methane created when anaerobic digestion breaks down organic matter, like in landfills or “digesters” that convert animal manure or food waste, which can then be used to replace conventional natural gas. But is it truly a renewable energy solution? Well, you may not be surprised to hear: it’s complicated.

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  • Date: 17 September 2020
  • Author: Ellen Jackowski, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP

The numbers are staggering. In 2019 alone, the tropics lost more than 29 million acres of tree cover. That's close to 30 soccer fields’ worth of trees every single minute. Monitored forest-dwelling wildlife populations—including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians—have declined on average by 53% since 1970. Declines have been greatest in tropical forests, such as the Amazon rain forest. We know that forests are essential to life on Earth, serving as home to thousands of animal and plant species, supporting the livelihoods of millions of people, and helping to regulate the global climate.

At HP, we understand and accept the science indicating this next decade is the most critical moment in time for addressing climate change and know that forests play a key role in a global solution.

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  • Date: 16 September 2020
  • Author: Kroger

The COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, and storms and wildfires in 2020 remind us of the profound challenges facing communities across the U.S. Despite some progress in recent decades, many people still live precariously close to the edge, and our planet’s climate is changing in front of us.

It’s up to all of us to apply the lessons learned this year to shape a brighter future for families and our food system.

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  • Date: 15 September 2020
  • Author: Daniel Riley, WWF and Zach Freeze, Walmart

Climate change is a critical threat to biodiversity. As temperatures change, some species will need to adapt by shifting their range to track more suitable climate. Changes in temperature can confound the signals that trigger seasonal events such as migration and reproduction. “Traditional” threats like habitat loss and overexploitation may be exacerbated by compromising a species’ ability to respond to climate change.

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  • Date: 14 September 2020
  • Author: Ulrike Sapiro, Senior Director, Global Water Stewardship and Sustainable Agriculture for The Coca-Cola Company

Water is integral to our lives – an essential resource that ties us to our planet. It feeds into every aspect of nature, giving life to animals, humans and shaping our world as we know it. At the heart of our freshwater resources are ecosystems that store, treat and transport water, housing the largest variety of wildlife on our planet.

Yet, instead of protecting the unique value of freshwater, we seem take it for granted. According to this year’s WWF Living Planet report, 70% of the world’s natural wetlands have been lost since 1900. Indicating the deteriorating state of these critical ecosystems, freshwater wildlife populations have declined by 84% on average since 1970. Almost one in three freshwater species are threatened with extinction. The climate crisis and its impacts – many of which we are seeing unfold right before our eyes – exacerbate these sad trends.

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  • Date: 11 September 2020
  • Author: Matthew Falco, Manager of Social Good, Discovery, Inc.

Discovery is a purpose driven company with a mission to satisfy curiosity, entertain and inspire our global audiences around the world. For over 30 years we have had cameras in every corner of the globe, telling the stories of our planet’s extraordinary creatures. Unfortunately, over time, these programs have also had to show the negative impact that humankind has had on wildlife and their natural habitats. We watched the devastating effects of species loss and said, “Not on our watch.” Discovery has a responsibility and opportunity to go beyond the lens and help turn things around through raising awareness, engaging viewers, and working with partners to protect wildlife and habitats for future generations. We are all in this together.

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  • Date: 10 September 2020
  • Author: McDonald's Corporation

McDonald’s feeds millions of people around the world every day and with that comes a responsibility – and opportunity – to use our size and scale to help transform the global food system for the better. While COVID-19 has revealed near-term supply chain vulnerabilities, climate change will have even more devastating impacts along the food system value chain in the long run - from changing weather patterns to the potential collapse of ecosystems, and as shown in the 2020 global Living Planet Report, we can’t put climate action on hold. In 2018, McDonald’s became the first restaurant company in the world to commit to a science based target to reduce emissions across our restaurants, offices and supply chain by 2030 from a 2015 base year. We can’t do this alone, which is why we’re partnering with our franchisees, suppliers, farmers, ranchers and expert partners, like WWF.

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  • Date: 09 September 2020
  • Author: Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement

Over the past ten months, COVID-19 has underscored the ways in which our relationship with nature—in all its forms—is fundamentally broken.

This presents significant risks for business and finance, as they are inextricably linked. Structural issues that have compounded over time can no longer be pushed aside, or left to tackle at a later date. Collectively, we must turn our attention towards the health of our environment, and work to create a “nature-positive” economy.

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  • Date: 21 August 2020
  • Author: Akiva Fishman, Manager, Private Sector Interventions to Tackle Deforestation and Degradation, WWF

Over the last decade, we saw a major increase in the number of corporate commitments to eliminate deforestation from agricultural supply chains. This trend put a spotlight on how the production of soft commodities like food crops, wood fiber, and rubber contributes to deforestation. It also led to important improvements in supply chain transparency.

Nevertheless, agriculture continues to drive forest loss across the world, with enormous implications for sustainable economies, livelihoods, and biodiversity. Companies urgently need to intensify their efforts to improve transparency in their supply chains, work with suppliers to ensure commodities are not causing deforestation, and report on their efforts and progress in line with the Accountability Framework—the best practice guidance for setting and implementing corporate deforestation commitments.

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