Great Bear Rainforest in Canada, Social and Environmental Justice in Brazil, First US Dairy and Cooperative to Achieve B-Corporation Status, Climate Change Education in Morocco, Fellows Publications, Fellows Videos
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Celebrating Good Work

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The bold house finch just outside the kitchen window is nesting early this year, as the warm weather has melted the Vermont snow and ice sooner than usual. The trend of unseasonable weather has been unmistakeable here for several years now; unless one steadfastly buries their head in the sand it is impossible not to notice. That some do insist on not noticing adds an unexpected cascade of obstacles.

Despite all, the good work of so many carries on and thankfully gains momentum. The Donella Meadows Fellows are increasingly at the forefront of innovative strategies, hard work, and creative solutions, here in the United States and around the world. We are thrilled to highlight a few of their inspiring stories below.

With resilience and strength to keep on building a truly sustainable world for all,

Edie Farwell &
Dominic Stucker

Fellows Publications and Fellows Videos 

Publications in 2016 include a piece honoring Donella Meadows, reflections on local development and local ecosystems in Bhutan, analysis of climate change commitments at the global level, and private sector contributions to sustainability. Videos projects are as diverse as international culinary traditions in Queens, New York and women running for public office against all odds in Pakistan.

Spring 2017 News

Great Bear Rainforest: Buckminster Fuller Challenge Winner 

Donella Meadows Fellow Valerie Langer was a lead member of a multi-stakeholder coalition that successfully safeguarded the Great Bear Rainforest along Canada’s west coast using an ecosystem-based management approach. This social change effort was recognized when the Rainforest Solutions Project (consisting of Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC, and Stand.Earth) won the 2016 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award. Read more.

Cabot Creamery Wins US Dairy Sustainability Award

The sustainability efforts of Cabot Creamery Cooperative, directed by Donella Meadows Fellow Jed Davis, have been recognized at the national level with the winning of the 2016 US Dairy Sustainability Award. Furthermore, Cabot become the first cheese maker and first dairy cooperative to achieve B Corp certification. Read more.

Amalia Souza: Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize Finalist

Amalia Souza, Donella Meadows Fellow and Co-Founder and Director of the CASA Socio-Environmental Fund in Brazil, was nominated as 1 of 7 worldwide finalists for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize in 2016. The prize recognizes individuals who work for the development of philanthropy for progressive social change in emerging market countries. CASA’s purpose is to “enable funding to reach the communities most affected by the social and environmental challenges in South America.” Read more.

Climate Change Education at UN Talks in Morocco

Former SLN Intern, Johanna Bozuwa, attended the UN climate change talks, COP 22, in Marrakech as part of an intergenerational delegation for Climate Generation to work on the importance of education, training and capacity building. She opens with: "Moving towards decarbonization presents a paradigmatic shift in our economy, society, and way of life. We need to ensure that we have the capacity for that change and that we do so in a just, equitable way. We must enable mitigation efforts, but also to adapt to the inevitable effects many communities are already encountering due to climate change." Read more.
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