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April, 2011

April 26th, 2011

Climate Counts Announces T-shirt Tuesday Winners

We’re congratulating our T-shirt Tuesday winners for participating in our Green Watching campaign. Over the past fourteen weeks these climate activists have told some of the world’s largest companies, “I’m #green I’m watching and I think @ClimateCounts” on Twitter.

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Winners claim your T-shirt by e-mailing info@climatecounts.org with a link to your Twitter account! Jill @EcoHerbalista - Jessika @JesseRae_XP - Heather @NNUS - Laureen @MamandeEDS - Alison @sustcampus - Kristen @kapowers1 - Julie @Crunchymom – Tilly @Tillyface - Luca @PoweringaNation - Jady @jadykins81 – Andrea @AndreaLearned - Kay Z @kzarr - Danielle @that_danielle

Last week we announced that our Green Watching campaign is teaming up with 16-year-old climate activist Alec Loorz and his international iMatter March campaign happening in May. Loorz is the founder of the non-profit Kids vs. Global Warming and has inspired his generation to lead youth-driven iMatter Marches across the globe. In the run-up to the marches, the Climate Counts Green Watching campaign and iMatter March are reminding youth everywhere to demand more corporate climate action by raising their climate voices to the 12 electronic and 10 toy companies scored by Climate Counts.

Hey @Appletweets @Motorola & @Britax! I’m #Green, I’m Watching & I think @ClimateCounts! Do you? http://on.fb.me/eR59tK #climatechange #imttrmrch

Those who tweet will be in the running for a free Climate Counts WEADDUP t-shirt and will double their chances of winning by announcing their tweet on the Climate Counts Facebook page.

April 22nd, 2011

16 Year Old Climate Activist Unites Generation Around Climate Crisis

Summary: Starting April 22, the Climate Counts Green Watching campaign is teaming up with 16-year-old climate activist Alec Loorz and his international iMatter March campaign happening in May. Loorz is the founder of the non-profit Kids vs. Global Warming and has inspired his generation to lead youth-driven iMatter Marches across the globe. In the run-up to the marches, the Climate Counts Green Watching campaign and iMatter March are reminding youth everywhere to demand more corporate climate action by raising their climate voices to the 12 electronic and 10 toy companies scored by Climate Counts.

16 Year Old Climate Activist Unites Generation Around Climate Crisis

Climate Counts’ Green Watching Campaign Teams Up with iMatter March

My name is Alec Loorz, I am 16 years old and I founded iMatter as part of Kids vs. Global Warming. Our generation, which stands to lose the most from our changing climate, is being ignored. iMatter is about young people standing up and telling the world that they matter.

So what do you do when you have been ignored? You demand attention. We will be marching in cities across the globe on the same day to show that youth are united in our demand for change.

Our governments are ignoring our right to inherit a planet we can inhabit. It is wrong.  And we will not tolerate it any longer. The time has now come for the youth of this planet to stand up together and change our own habits and demand that our leaders prioritize our futures and take action to reduce emissions immediately.

Because my generation cares about our future I know our iMatter march will be a huge success and will help show the world when it comes to climate change we all matter. The press and media love seeing people march for their rights, after all a democratic voice is what this country is built on. Unfortunately I can’t vote out politicians that don’t care about my future and marches only happen once in a while. Fortunately, in the run-up to our iMatter march and every day after I can inspire my friends to raise their climate voices and make climate choice. As kids we consume products and advertisements everyday. We’re always part of the marketplace whether we want to be or not. If we’re lucky enough to have parents buying us food, toys and clothes we’re handing over our family dollars to companies that either care about climate change or don’t.

Let me explain. I love Apple, I am 16 - it’s impossible to separate me from my iPhone, and I am typing this on a Macbook. I was pumped when Apple left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because it disagreed on the organization’s negative stance on climate action. So when I read a few weeks ago a group of 36 Chinese environmental groups has accused Apple of failing to address concerns over pollution and worker health issues from workers and environmental groups, I wanted to tell Apple how I felt. Apple products, along with many other electronic companies scored by Climate Counts are reliant on products produced in Chinese factories. Not only are these factories coal powered, but they frequently use chemicals and products that are beyond harmful to our environment - kind of scary stuff considering almost all of my friends have cell phones now…

But what’s most interesting to me is that Apple’s Climate Counts score, along with almost every other electronic company scored by Climate Counts has gone up every year since the first scores were released in 2007. This got me thinking, if companies don’t always listen to workers and environmentalist, maybe the reason their Climate Counts scores are improving is because they listen to me, as a consumer. If we as consumers demand companies address their environmental problems, companies will have to pay attention. If we as consumers tell companies we’re done buying their products until they take action, companies will have to respond.

In the run up to my iMatter march on May 8th we’re teaming up with the Climate Counts Green Watching campaign telling the 12 electronic and 10 toy companies on Twitter and through e-mail that ‘Climate Counts and iMatter!’ First up Apple: Hey @Appletweets, I’m #Green, I’m Watching and @ClimateCounts! #imttrmrch…Do you?

-Alec Loorz

Founder of Kids vs Global Warming

Send your message from the Climate Counts website or download the free Climate Counts iPhone app.

About iMatter: iMatter began as a simple video, created by Alec Loorz, the founder of Kids vs Global Warming when he was 13 year old. Now it’s a global campaign meant to unite the voices of a generation on the most urgent issue of our time. The iMatter March is the launch of the campaign. Following the Mother’s Day event, youth will remain engaged with online training and youth-to-youth education and advocacy campaigns that will inspire action on behalf of their generation and those to come.

About Climate Counts: Climate Counts is a non-profit campaign that scores companies annually on the basis of their voluntary action to reverse climate change. The Climate Counts Company Scorecard helps people vote with their dollars by making climate-conscious purchasing and investing choices that put pressure on the world’s most well-known companies to take the issue of climate change seriously. Launched with support from organics pioneer Stonyfield Farm, Climate Counts believes everyday consumers can be the most important activists in the fight against global warming. Climate Counts has currently evaluated nearly 150 companies in sixteen major consumer sectors. Climate Counts’ work has appeared in many of the world’s leading media outlets, among them the New York Times, National Public Radio, The Economist, BBC World Service, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, and the Harvard Business Review. The organization launched its free iPhone app and its voluntary Climate Counts Industry Innovators (i2) program in early 2010

April 20th, 2011

ClimateCounts.org, Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Ceres.org and 350.org engage in climate dialogue with Nike

Today from 12-1pm EST, ClimateCounts.org, Ceres.org and 350.org are supporting the Bard Center for Environmental Policy’s Campus to Corporation (C2C) campaign by tweeting during Bard’s open dialogue with Sarah Severn, Stakeholder Mobilization Director of Sustainable Business and Innovation at Nike Inc.

For the third year in a row Nike topped the ClimateCounts.org scorecard and last year made headlines by resigning from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board over climate disputes.

In December of 2010 at the release of the latest ClimateCounts.org scores, Wood Turner, ClimateCounts.org Executive Director, noted that, “There’s an emerging top tier of innovative companies leading on climate.” Turner went on to state that “Climate action may have bogged down in Washington, but these companies know they can build successful businesses while tackling the climate crisis.”

ClimateCounts.org and partners will be encouraging climate-conscious consumers to join the open dialogue today and tweet using the #Nike hashtag to learn more about the climate action Nike is taking.

Click here to join the call.

April 19th, 2011

Are You Funding Koch Climate Denial?

No? You might want to look at your toilet paper…

David and Charles Koch might not be household names, but as major funders of climate denial organizations, they’re directly disrupting clean energy innovation and the future of our climate with your dollars. Let us explain.

Within the clean energy movement, Koch Industries is regarded as the leading funder of climate science distortion and needs no introduction. As leaders of one of the largest privately held companies in the world, David and Charles Koch have built a large portion of their $35 billion fortune on oil refineries and by controlling four thousand miles of pipelines in the U.S. Their motives for funding Americans for Prosperity and other climate change denying organizations become clear when you look at how they acquired their wealth – why search for low-carbon solutions if your entire fortune is based on burning fossil fuels?

In 2010 the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Political Economy Research Institute identified Koch Industries as one of the top ten air polluters in the United States for pumping out about 300 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution a year roughly the equivalent to half of the per capita emissions of the U.S. population (the average American’s carbon footprint is 19 tons annually). It’s easy to see why eliminating the EPA’s authority to protect our air and regulate greenhouse gasses works in Koch’s favor.

Here’s a list of just a few recent Koch clean energy roadblocks:

  • The Washington Post reported that Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan – where Koch is headquartered) whose 2010 campaign received $79,500 from the Kochs, proposed an amendment to the Clean Air Act that would drastically cut funding for an Environmental Protection Agency’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions program. (The amendment passed in a 239-185 vote.)
  • The New York Times reported that “Koch donated $1 million to the campaign to pass Proposition 23, the California ballot initiative that would suspend the state’s global-warming law” (Proposition 23 failed when Californians demanded clean energy.)
  • OpenSecrets.org reports that from 2005 to 2008, Koch Industries spent nearly $25 million funding clean energy deniers and climate-denying organizations in Washington.

Koch owns an array of oil, chemical, and synthetic companies and we realize that it can be mind-numbing for consumers to decipher who’s behind every company. But if you’ve ever purchased paper towels, toilet paper, or tissue paper, you might find this interesting:

  • Georgia-Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, claims that dioxins aren’t really toxic or carcinogenic, even as the World Health Organization states that “dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.”
  • Georgia-Pacific is fighting the EPA’s efforts to tighten water quality standards for stream dumping, specifically in the St. John’s River outside of Jacksonville, FL.

Georgia-Pacific owns many well-know paper brands: Quilted Northern, Soft ‘n Gentle, Angel Soft, Brawny, and Dixie to name a few. Consumer dollars spent on Georgia-Pacific products fund Koch Industries and its opposition to climate action. Simply put, if you’re buying Georgia-Pacific products you’re fighting against clean air and our clean energy future.

But there is an answer: Raise your voice to Koch brands and urge the company to rethink its stance on climate change. Or continue to buy from companies taking climate action and tell those companies what motivates you.

As part of our Green Watching campaign, Climate Counts is encouraging consumers to tweet to Georgia-Pacific demanding more climate action: “Hey @GeorgiaPacific I think @ClimateCounts. Stop funding climate change denial. I spend my $ w/ #climate in mind http://bit.ly/S8JfO” Not on Twitter? Join our Green Watching Campaign and help us raise our collective voices to businesses demanding corporate climate action.

April 12th, 2011

Climate Counts Green Watchers Tell Gap: I’m Green, I’m Watching & I think Climate Counts

As part of our Green Watching campaign, we’re supporting our friends at 350.org and their “The Chamber Doesn’t Speak for Me” campaign. We’re asking Gap — which owns Old Navy, Banana Republic, has 134,000 employees, generates over $14 billion in revenue and is one of our 25 policy standouts — if the U.S. Chamber represents the company’s own leadership position on climate action. The U.S. Chamber has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a year lobbying politicians to block comprehensive climate legislation while companies like Gap have supported climate legislation that would lead to market-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and the growth of renewable energy capacity.

In support of our Green Watching campaign, our friends at SustainU Clothing made a powerful video reminding climate-conscious consumers why companies like Gap should continue to take climate action.

Check out the video and send a message to Gap saying: “Hey @Gap I’m #Green, I’m Watching & I think @ClimateCounts! http://bit.ly/eCNVWq #climate, @SustainU @USChamber, @350” You can also download our free iPhone app or visit www.climatecounts.org to send an e-mail directly to Gap.

Those who tweet will be in the running for a free Climate Counts WEADDUP t-shirt and will double their chances of winning by announcing their tweet on the Climate Counts Facebook page.


April 5th, 2011

CBS Falls Short of Reaching Climate Counts Media Final Four

With the final score of the 2011 Final Four now in the history books, the Climate Counts Green Watching campaign happened to be thinking about the companies that brought you March Madness. CBS, parent company of Showtime and The CW, fell just short of reaching the Climate Counts media Final Four this year. With a 26-point increase on the Climate Counts scorecard over last year’s score, CBS landed one point shy of Time Warner, parent company of TNT, TBS and TruTV, for the fourth spot in the fourth annual Climate Counts scores released in December.

Perennial front-runners General Electric, part-owner of NBC Universal, and News Corporation, parent of Fox and famously more committed to climate action than its news outlets suggest, both remained the clear leaders in the field with 78 and 69 points respectively while Disney gained eight points finishing with 55 points overall and the highest Climate Counts label of “striding.”

CBS employs over 25,000 people and recorded over $13 billion in revenue last year and is beginning to show consumers that it values corporate climate action. This week as part of its Green Watching campaign, Climate Counts encourages climate-conscious consumers to message CBS (@CBSNews) on Twitter saying, “Hey @CBSNews I’m #green, I’m watching, and I think @ClimateCounts! http://bit.ly/agMjNB @greenwatching” to spur on continued improvement in CBS’s Climate Counts score.

Those who tweet will be in the running for a free Climate Counts WEADDUP t-shirt. Tweets can be direct to CBS from the Climate Counts website. Those who aren’t on Twitter can also visit www.climatecounts.org and send an e-mail to CBS.

 

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