University of California and Vox Media's Climate Lab Series Featuring Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan Returns with Three New Episodes TodayExamining the impacts of online shopping, packaging and dietary…
University of California and Vox Media’s Climate Lab Series Featuring Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan Returns with Three New Episodes Today

Examining the impacts of online shopping, packaging and dietary choices, the new episodes are perfectly timed for the holiday season  

Arlington, Va. (November 17, 2017) –  Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan hosts three more episodes of Climate Lab, the innovative video series produced by University of California (UC) which seeks to change the way people communicate and think about global climate change. The first new episode debuts on Vox.com today and on UC Climate Lab.

The initial six episodes of the series released last Spring were hosted by Sanjayan. They have been viewed more than 12 million times on YouTube and continue to be shared widely on social media.

The latest episode, “The environmental cost of free two-day shipping,” arrives just in time for the holiday shopping season. Sanjayan engages leading UC engineers on the environmental impact of online shopping, breaking down how individuals and companies can make their shopping habits more sustainable.

“Most doom and gloom climate change messaging actually has the opposite of its intended effect – it turns people off,” said Sanjayan. “This series is different because it focuses on what messages and strategies are actually proven to galvanize corporate and consumer behavior on a scale large enough to make a real difference.”

Two more episodes will go live in December and January. As before, the series will feature conversations with UC scientists, researchers and sustainability experts about everything from making environmentally-friendly dietary choices to cutting down on packaging waste.

“UC’s pioneering climate science and research have put us on the forefront of the fight against global warming going back decades,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “But we know that to break through and to continue to make progress, we need to explain in an approachable and engaging way how individuals and institutions can make smart, research-tested decisions to reduce their impact on the planet.”

Previous episodes of Climate Lab, also hosted by Sanjayan, examined the psychology of climate change, the environmental impact of smartphones and food waste, and the evolution of nuclear energy technology, among other topics, with appearances by Lauren Singer of Trash Is For Tossers, the chair of the California Air Resources Board Mary Nichols, political commentator Van Jones and more.

Every Climate Lab episode can be found on UC’s Climate Lab website along with infographics, quizzes and bonus content, and on Vox’s YouTube channel.

The Climate Lab series is aligned closely with Napolitano’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, in which UC has committed to becoming carbon neutral in its operations by 2025. For more information UC’s carbon neutrality and sustainability efforts, visit http://ucop.edu/sustainability/.

Dr. M. Sanjayan is the CEO of Conservation International, a global nonprofit that uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all.

About the University of California
The University of California is a pioneer on climate research​​, renewable energy and environmental sustainability. UC is dedicated to providing scalable solutions to help California, and the world bend the curve on climate change. UC research is also paving the way for the university to meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

​Arlington, Va. (November 16, 2017) – Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan made the following statement about the U.S. permitting the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia: Reports…
​Arlington, Va. (November 16, 2017) – Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan made the following statement about the U.S. permitting the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia:

Reports that the Trump Administration intends to revoke bans on the import of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia is highly disturbing. This is the wrong move at the wrong time for protecting Africa’s wildlife. It is baffling that this action would be a priority at this time.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must administer the Endangered Species Act based on sound science. The original ban was enacted based on detailed findings on the condition of elephant populations on the ground, and it strains credulity to suggest that local science-based factors have been met to justify this change. What’s more, this move sends a dangerous signal to poachers and to our allies about the commitment of the United States to ending the trade in ivory and endangered animal products.

Illegal ivory trade has been shown to be linked to trans-boundary criminal syndicates and terror networks, and the world has taken meaningful strides in recent years to save African elephants from poaching. In recent months, China and the United Kingdom — two of the world’s largest ivory importers — have announced plans to close their markets. Meanwhile, countries across Africa — from Gabon to Botswana — have committed to closing their own ivory markets and have taken steps to reduce or eliminate their ivory stockpiles.

​The United States has been a strong leader and moral authority on shutting down the trafficking of ivory. Though the United States ivory ban remains in effect, the Trump Administration is moving in the wrong direction with this new trophy exemption. I urge the Trump Administration to reconsider this decision with full public comment and participation.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

​Bonn, Germany (November 6, 2017) – Conservation International joins leaders across the climate movement at COP 23, the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Bonn, Germany,…
​Bonn, Germany (November 6, 2017) – Conservation International joins leaders across the climate movement at COP 23, the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Bonn, Germany, November 6 – 17. Participating nations will meet to advance the goals of the Paris Agreement and achieve progress on its implementation guidelines. The negotiation session is hosted by the Government of Fiji, the first time a Pacific Island country has led these negotiations.

Nature-based solutions to climate change are essential strategies for meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. These climate solutions include: reducing deforestation, oceans and island-scale resilience, tropical reforestation, mangrove restoration, ecosystem-based adaptation, coastal carbon management, and climate-resilient agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries. In anticipation of negotiations at COP 23, Conservation International calls on countries to: expand use of nature-based solutions in national climate action, include natural climate solutions as part of market-based mechanisms, and Incorporate the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples in climate decisions and actions.

Conservation International’s oceans work will take center stage at several side events throughout the conference, highlighting key successes in the Pacific, a nod to the host of this year’s negotiations. Conservation International will also highlight strategic collaborations with countries and non-state actors on protecting ocean health and coastal ecosystems through conservation and sustainable management.

“Fiji and other Pacific Island nations are sharing here at COP23 the stark reality affecting indigenous people living off or near oceans today,” said Shyla Raghav, Climate Lead, Conservation International. “Sea level rise, ocean acidification among others are shifting the Pacific Islands’ way of life. Conservation International has been active in collaboration with Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa and other island nations on adapting to climate change impacts. Partners in the Paris climate accord are needed to ramp up action now on commitments and contribute to nature-based solutions preventing climate refugees from all island nations.” 

To request media interviews in Bonn, please contact Kipp Lanham at klanham@conservation.org.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Los Angeles, CA (Nov. 3, 2017) - Conservation International held its 30th Anniversary Dinner in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 2. Conservation International awarded actor and environmentalist Harrison Ford with…

Los Angeles, CA (Nov. 3, 2017) – Conservation International held its 30th Anniversary Dinner in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 2. Conservation International awarded actor and environmentalist Harrison Ford with its prestigious Founders’ Award. SC Johnson and Rock in Rio were each awarded Conservation International’s Global Conservation Hero Award.

The evening’s theme of No Forest, No Future highlighted the importance of protecting one of the planet’s most valuable ecosystems: tropical forests and particularly the Amazon. A longtime supporter of Conservation International, Harrison Ford has served on its board of directors for more than 25 years and has been instrumental in its work to protect forests and nature around the world.

“We face an unprecedented moment in this country. Today’s greatest threat is not climate change, not pollution, not famine, not flood, or fire. It’s that we’ve got people in charge of important things who don’t believe in science,” said Ford. “People who for their own political or economic self-interest denigrate or belittle sound scientific understanding of the causes and effects of human pressure on the environment. This is the crisis to which all others belong, and addressing it has got to be the core of our work.”

“Harrison Ford’s influence can be felt in everything CI says and in everything we do. He has touched every aspect of his work. In many ways, we can say that he is our work,” said Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan.

SC Johnson and Rock in Rio each received Conservation International’s Global Conservation Hero award. Conservation International presents this award to remarkable individuals and organizations whose environmental commitment and actions have had a transformative impact for the good of the planet and its people. Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, and Luis Justo, CEO of Rock in Rio, accepted the awards on behalf of their organizations.

Former UN Climate Chief and Conservation International’s Distinguished Lui-Walton Fellow Christiana Figueres spoke about the importance of the evening’s theme, No Forest, No Future, in the global effort to address climate change.

About Conservation International

Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

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