Foundation News: Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

May 18, 2016
In theory, local urban leadership on climate adaptation could significantly reduce the vulnerability of those who need the greatest protection. More people live in cities than ever, providing an opportunity to concentrate climate investments. In reality, most adaptation proposals try to protect existing development in coastal and low-lying urban areas in ways that perpetuate continued growth in these exposed areas. The fact is, there are winners and losers in urban climate adaptation projects, and it is the poorest and most marginalized who (as always) tend to lose.Read more >
May 18, 2016
While blood lead levels were declining, scientific evidence was mounting to show there is no safe level of exposure to lead in infants and young children. Studies showed that adverse neurological effects were happening at lower and lower levels of lead exposure. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reduced the level of lead in blood used to identify those with elevated exposure to 5 µg/dL. Today, approximately 500,000 children have levels at or above 5 µg/dL.Read more >
May 10, 2016
Subnational governments—cities, counties, and states in the U.S. and around the world—have an essential role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and implementing integrative approaches to adaptation.Read more >
May 10, 2016
I find it heartening that we still live in a world that can surprise us by the breadth and scope of its biological richness! Yet I’m also deeply disturbed by the cavalier attitude of some people toward living things, a grotesque anthropomorphism that too often assumes the rights and privileges of a despot without also the incumbent responsibilities of stewardship. It’s a maniacal disconnect between need and desire within our hedonistic humanity.Read more >
Feb 22, 2016
The best use of resources is to adopt a triage approach to climate change – deal with the direst circumstances first, and work from there, says Ayana Elizabeth Johnson.Read more >
Nov 30, 2015
There’s a lot on the line at the climate negotiations in Paris. Fellow Heather Coleman, among others, is there, working to make sure that whatever deal is made, that it’s a fair one for us all.Read more >
Nov 25, 2015
Traditionally, the divide between a for-profit or nonprofit organization was clear: for-profit businesses would engage in revenue generation and nonprofits would engage in charitable work to solve social issues and would largely stay away from revenue generation. The rise of social enterprises in recent years, however, has made that distinction less and less clear.Read more >
Nov 20, 2015
Stuart Cohen reflects on his recent three-month sabbatical awarded to him by the O2 Initiatives Sabbatical Award.Read more >
Nov 19, 2015
Fellow Judith Rubin wrote this article in 2003, but it still holds today. Feel free to use the "Writing a Gift Letter" sidebar at the bottom of the article to encourage your own relatives and friends to rethink their giving habits.Read more >
Nov 19, 2015
As we enter the holiday season, Fellow Alicia Daniel offers a checklist for Earth-friendly toy buying.Read more >


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