Newsletter #7

Hi everyone!

As the academic year begins, good habits are back. Your two usual faithful writers being absent from Milan for their exchange semester, I have received the great responsibility – some might say heavy burden – to guide you through the immense ocean of environmental news. I will do my best to make them proud and keep you up to date regarding Green Lights for Business.

What's going on?

July has been the hottest month ever – or at least the hottest month ever recorded. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared that average global temperature was 0.95℃ (1.71℉) above the last 140 years average.
Not to temper, thousands of people have manifested their discontentment during the Climate's March on September 20th. Companies such as Ben&Jerry's, Lush Cosmetics and Seventh Generation have decided to close their Australian shops for the duration of the strikes while paying their employees. They said they could not legally make attendance mandatory but encourage them to get involved in this civil disobedience and thus share the company's values.

What about the girl who started raising awareness? Greta Thunberg, after crossing the Atlantic by sailboat, got invited to the UN Climate Action Summit. One week before, she was interviewed at Trevor Noah' famous daily talkshow and when asked whether or not she saw a difference in the discussion about climate change in Sweden and the US, she answered "It feels like you're discussing something you believe in or not – where I come from, climate change is a fact." I doubt President Trump appreciated this demonstration of keen sense of repartee.

As an under-18 is taking the lead in the fight for the planet, the United Nations threw the Young UN climate summit a couple of days before the actual UN Climate Action Summit and invited the Swedish girl to give a speech at the opening ceremony. The summit aimed at presenting new initiatives by government, businesses and civil society to increase their commitments in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Cities and private businesses pledged the most honorably, whereas States kept careful positions, often taking one step forward and two steps back. This tendency is reflected by the Indian government that engaged in increasing its share of renewable energy by 2022 but keeps developing new coal mines and coal-fired power plants, often with state subsidies. Conclusion: coal is not about to die, especially in the Asia Pacific region.

What else we are reading

"I am sure the dinos thought they had time too" and all the best climate strike signs in pictures. My personal favorite being the 12th one. (The Guardian)
Jeff Bezos climate pledge and the failed employees' resolution to set a climate change plan. (NPR)

Inside GL4B

If you have been around campus recently, you have probably seen many freshmen with their recognizable blue water bottles. Our Campus team is proud to announce that his fruitful collaboration with Bocconi resulted in more water dispensers, distribution of reusable water bottles to freshmen, and plastic-free canteens. We are glad to welcome new recruits and are looking forward to restarting our blog publication. You will soon be able to read weekly articles. Till then, you can join us on September 28th to our event Clean the park - PuliAmo Selinunte.
Welcome to our new members!

Best,
Sophie Béquet