Politics and policies

#GoTransparent: Demand to Know Who Made Your Clothes

“Demanding that apparel companies publish their supplier factory information could help workers by allowing unions and other labor advocates to alert brands to labor abuses in these factories. Knowing the multitude of brands that a factory produces for can help brands co-operate on solutions to labor rights problems.

The new “Transparency Pledge” for apparel and footwear brands aims to create a level playing field in the garment industry. Brands that join the pledge will publish key information about their supplier factories. Developed by a civil society coalition, the Transparency Pledge is a crucial starting point for shedding light on who made your clothes. You can read more about the Transparency Pledge and the civil society coalition that developed it in a new report, Follow the Thread.

The “Follow the Thread” Campaign is asking Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Primark, and Armani to commit to the Transparency Pledge by May 31, 2017 and implement it by December 31, 2017. This is the first step in making the industry more transparent and fostering an environment of accountability and protection of human rights of workers.”

Read the full article and know how to get involved here.

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Creative Carbon Scotland is delighted to announce the launch of its 2016 Green Arts Initiative Report

26 April 2017

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Creative Carbon Scotland is delighted to annonce the launch of its 2016 Green Arts Initiative Report (PDF, 455kb). The report demonstrates the continued growth of the Green Arts Iinitiative community itself and the valuable work being done by the 170 member organisations to measure and monitor the core environmental impacts of their work.

The Report also looks ahead to the work planned and already underway in 2017, including commitments to sustainable domestic travel, development of more work relating to the natural environment, planning efficient touring schedules, and increasing public awareness of green work.

Read the full report by downloading the PDF here.

Great Barrier Reef, between tourism and conservation agendas

15 April 2017

“More people than ever are coming to see the reef and those who make a living showing it off want the world to know it’s still a natural wonder. But they worry about its future, and that of their 64,000-strong industry.”

Aerial surveys released by scientists on 10 April showed back-to-back bleaching had occurred in a range along two-thirds of the world’s largest living structure. It indicated bleaching levels of more than 60% of coral this time were concentrated in reefs between Port Douglas and Townsville. It was the fourth mass bleaching to hit the reef in recorded history – all since 1998 – and coral scientists are alarmed the increasing regularity of these events gives stressed coral precious little chance to recover.”

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Environmental regulation post Brexit. An agenda that affects everyone.

29th March 2017 – United Kingdom –

brexitThe UK has managed to build very successful environmental regulations working together with the EU. From air pollution to the import of food, the regulations have protected their citizens and have helped to develop global agendas towards climate change policies and renewable energies.

“Over four decades of EU membership, Britain has acquired one of the most formidable bodies of environmental law in the world.”

After Theresa May triggered the Article 50, one that takes the UK out of the European Union, analysts, politicians and environmentalists have put more effort in telling everyone the potential negative effects on the country’s environmental regulation.

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Trump signed executive order that would increase America’s carbon pollution

29th March 2017 – USA –

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Reducing the budget towards different science agencies in the US is only one of the anti-climate executive orders Donald Trump has in mind, analysts say. The dramatically budget reduction comes in a time where the rest of the world are looking to decrease the carbon footprint by 50% by investing in science and technology development for renewable energies. Instead of that, the executive order aims to clearly benefit the oil industry in the US. Budget reductions to the EPA, the US Geological Survey and NOAA are just some examples of the anti-science policy Trumps presidency.

“The budget even goes as far as to propose eliminating Energy Star – a purely voluntary program that helps companies certify energy efficient products, saving Americans money while cutting carbon pollution in the process”

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