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“Summer, I love that day!” goes a joke in the Netherlands.
It’s pretty true. My first summer in Amsterdam was filled with grey, temperate days, the kind where you’re warm if the sun breaks through the clouds and hits you directly, but just a little too cold if not.
But this summer, the weather has been incredible — 80 degree days, glorious sun, balmy nights that don’t get dark until close to midnight. The city has turned into one giant party. Everyone’s tan.
I’m grateful for the chance to have a “real” summer. But I also feel a twinge of anxiety every time my weather app lists five little sun icons in a row, and when I heard that today might be the hottest day ever recorded in the UK. That’s because scientists agree that a major contributor to this summer’s European heatwave is (you guessed it) climate change.
This issue’s Spotlight shares a cheeky, creative, potentially powerful solution to climate resilience — the Church of Climate Change, a project from creative agency Dr. Monk. By combining tactics from one of the oldest institutions in the world with modern elements (heyyy Taylor Swift dance-offs 👯) Lynn and Ama are breaking new ground when it comes to collective action.
We also have 34 hot new social impact jobs, if the heat has you feeling restless. 😉
How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?
P.S. It was a big week for my husband Dave and his company Holstee. They just launched a new product: Holstee Reflection Cards, a deck filled with questions to spark meaningful conversation and reflection. I’ve loved posing these questions to friends and using them as journal prompts — and I’ve found that the self-reflection is helping me become a better change agent. 💪🏽 Check out their Kickstarter page and watch their fun video here →
This Week's Five Links
WeWork Will No Longer Serve Meat at Events or Expense Meals With It — The Guardian
Poultry, pork and red meat are officially off the menu at coworking giant WeWork. The company estimates that by 2023, the policy will have saved 445.1 million pounds of C02 emissions and over 15 million animals. Though WeWork’s decision might seem radical (some even say draconian), it’s the type of bold leadership the world needs more of if we’re going to be serious about fighting climate change.
As Customers Turn Away From Leather Shoes, the Beef Industry Is Left With a Glut of Hides — Quartz
Though WeWork is banning it, don’t moo-rn the beef industry just yet (#cheesyjokes). People are eating more beef than ever — they’re just not wearing it. The rise of ethical fashion, coupled with more relaxed dress codes and more stylish sneakers, is driving leather shoes out of vogue, leaving behind a surplus of hides.
Why Environmentalists Should Donate to Women’s and Family-Planning Organizations — EcoCult
Sorting through recyclables can feel futile when literal waves of plastic are rolling into shores around the world. EcoCult’s Alden Wicker has long been a proponent of supporting systemic over individual change, and one way she walks her talk is by setting up monthly donations to nonprofits doing environmental work. Check out which organizations made her hit list (and see why she includes women’s health and family-planning groups too).
The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany — The New Yorker
What does the label “Made In Italy” mean in an increasingly globalized society? This piece takes you to Prato, a town in Tuscany where some of the world’s most recognizable luxury brands source from Italian (and increasingly Chinese-owned) factories. It’s a story of immigration, identity and opportunity — and a reminder that exploitative working conditions can be found everywhere.
🔧 Tool: Resource Watch
Resource Watch helps uncover the unexpected connections between the world’s biggest environmental problems. It brings together over 200 global data sets on issues ranging from food insecurity to ocean health. Explore the topics to find data that will help you make better decisions and tell more impactful stories.
Spotlight: The Church of Climate Change
A few weekends ago, I found myself on a houseboat in Amsterdam Noord, dancing ecstatically with a group of strangers to Taylor Swift — all in the name of global warming.
I was attending a prototype “mass” for the Church of Climate Change: a new project started by my friends Lynn Zebeda and Ama van Dantzig through their creative agency Dr. Monk.
It’s a provocative idea. After all, people increasingly need to unite against the impacts of global warming. And when we consider the strongest, most enduring institutions in the world... well, the church is right up there. Whatever your feelings around organized religion — and mine can be critical — it’s hard to argue against the fact that over thousands of years, belief systems have connected people to purposes larger than themselves. That’s the type of “sustainability” needed for the climate resilience movement.
So Lynn, Ama and the Dr. Monk team are exploring what a modern-day, secular, environment-oriented “church” might look like, prototyping workshops across the Netherlands and Ghana. During the session I attended, our multi-generational, multi-cultural group sang Beatles songs, played games, heard readings and had an animated group discussion around the concept of “LIBTYFI” — the idea of “leaving it better than you found it” and one of the fundamental principles of the project.
Global warming typically provokes feelings of anxiety and despair, which can be isolating. The Church of Climate Change aims to replace these emotions with joy, purpose and community, converting climate change concerns into collective action. Definitely an approach worth exploring — and dancing to. 💃
Social Impact Jobs
1. Accenture — Communication Intern, Corporate Citizenship (internship) (Brussels, Belgium)
2. Aspire — Research Manager: Policy, Finance & Social Impact (London, UK)
3. Deloitte — Sustainability Analyst (Bologna, Italy)
4. Greater Good Studio — Designer (Chicago, Illinois)
5. Guggenheim Partners — Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst (New York, NY)
6. Net Impact — Program and Marketing Associate (Oakland, California)
7. sweetgreen — Supply Chain Manager, Packaging and Innovation (Los Angeles, California)
8. Twilio — Technical Advocate for Social Impact (San Francisco, California)
9. Vox Media — Staff Writer, Effective Altruism (Washington, DC)
10. Zero Waste Europe — Zero Waste Consumption & Production Campaigner (Brussels, Belgium)
11. Allbirds — Material Innovation Manager (San Francisco, California)
12. Boeing — Regional Community Engagement Specialist (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
13. Crown Family Philanthropies — Strategy Analyst (Chicago, Illinois)
14. G-Star Raw — Environmental Specialist (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
15. Innpact — Senior Board Advisor and Relationship Manager (Luxembourg)
16. Kellogg Company — Global Sustainability Manager (Battle Creek, Michigan)
17. Kier Group — Social Impact Manager (Cambridge, UK)
18. Microsoft — Nonprofit Digital Learning & Community Manager (Redmond, Washington)
19. Mondelez International — Sustainability Manager (Singapore)
20. Oath (Tumblr) — Coordinator, Social Impact (New York, NY)
21. Once Upon A Farm — Head of Ecommerce (Berkeley, California)
22. Sancroft — Consultant (London, UK)
23. Starbucks — Brand Manager, Social Impact & Marketing (Seattle, Washington)
24. Tiffany & Co. — Sr. Analyst, Strategic Sourcing (New York, NY)
25. Triple Jump — Senior Legal Counsel, Fund Transactions (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
26. WeWork — Senior Manager, Public Policy & Social Impact – Veterans Initiatives (New York, NY)
27. C&A — Unit Leader Sustainable Supply Chain Engagement (Düsseldorf, Germany
28. FrieslandCampina — Safety, Health, & Environment (SHE) & Sustainability (Amersfoort, Netherlands)
29. Global Reporting Initiative — Chief Development Officer (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
30. Impact Engine — Principal (Chicago, Illinois)
31. Lendlease — Head of Sustainability (London, UK)
32. Sattva — Principal Consultant (Mumbai, India)
33. Sephora — Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion (San Francisco, California)
34. UTC Aerospace Systems — Director, Corporate Social Responsibility (Charlotte, North Carolina)
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