The first ever Climate Day at EXPO West, was designed to educate companies and industry leaders on the commitments they can make today to fuel positive climate change in 2017 and beyond.
A panel of prominent speakers including environmental leader and best-selling author Paul Hawken as Keynote Speaker; Robynn Shrader, CEO of National Co+op Grocers; Jessica Rolph, COO of Happy Family; Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia; Jennifer Silberman, Chief Sustainability Officer at Target; among others shared information and inspiration to help companies and individuals take meaningful actions to reverse climate change.
Paul Hawken, of Project Drawdown, (a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, NGOs, and universities to assemble the best available information on the most impactful climate solutions) identified the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. One of the most surprising solutions on the list is educating girls, which happened to coincide with International Women's Day.
Today, there are economic, cultural and safety-related obstacles keeping 62 million girls around the world from receiving a proper education. But, what does this have to do with climate change?
According to Project Drawdown, “education lays a foundation for vibrant lives for girls and women, their families, and their communities. It also is one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding emissions by curbing population growth.”
- Women with more years of education have fewer and healthier children, and actively manage their reproductive health.
- Educated girls realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth.
- Their agricultural plots are more productive and their families are better nourished.
- They can be more effective stewards of food, soil, trees and water, even as nature’s cycles change.
- They have greater capacity to cope with shocks from natural disasters and extreme weather events.
So to sum it up, educating girls = staying in school to help make better choices = a solution for global warming. The other 'top 5' solutions mentioned by Hawken include refrigeration, wind turbines (onshore), reduced food waste, plant-rich diet and tropical forests. For more information about the Climate Day events search the Twitter hashtag: #climatedaychat.