Going Sustainable: Introduction
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Going Sustainable: White Rhino Numbers Recover
Just in time for World Rhino Day (September 22), the IUCN brought hopeful news for rhino conservation. The white rhino population has seen its first increase since 2012. Although promising, experts caution that poaching remains a significant threat.
The IUCN‘s data for 2022 reveals a rise in white rhino numbers to approximately 16,803, a 5.6% surge from the previous year. Michael Knight, Chair of the IUCN’s African Rhino Specialist Group, emphasises the need to sustain this positive momentum.
While the white rhino is not classified as endangered, it holds a Near Threatened status according to the World Wildlife Fund. Notably, the subspecies, northern and southern white rhinos, face different challenges. The northern white rhino, with only two remaining females, is critically endangered. One of them retired from the assisted breeding program in 2021.
From 2008 to 2021, a staggering 11,000 rhinos fell victim to poaching in Africa. Their horns, historically used in traditional medicines, continue to hold perceived financial value. To combat this, alternative herbal ingredients are being promoted.
Michael Knight, Chair of the IUCN’s African Rhino Specialist Group, expressed relief, cautioning against complacency, “With this positive development, we can breathe a sigh of relief for the first time in a decade.”
Inspired? Keep reading for another story of positive change to give you hope and inspiration.
Going Sustainable: Tilda Becomes First Rice B Corp
Since 1970, Tilda has grown from a family-run business to a global force, employing 280 in the UK and partnering with over 2,500 rice farmers across 50 countries. Despite their size, their vision is grand: to lead as one of the world’s most responsible rice producers.
Recently, Tilda achieved a remarkable feat, becoming the only UK-based rice brand, and the largest globally, to secure B Corp certification. This achievement, announced on September 25th, is the culmination of a year-long certification process.
Tilda’s Managing Director, Jean-Philippe Laborde, voiced their dedication to being the epitome of responsible rice production worldwide. Their strategy involves empowering farmers, optimising the supply chain, innovative manufacturing, and community support.
Tilda’s strides toward sustainability are considerable. In India, they trained 2,700 farmers in sustainable farming techniques. These techniques help to curtail water and energy use and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Tilda’s strides toward sustainability are considerable. In India, they trained 2,700 farmers in sustainable farming techniques. Furthermore, Tilda has invested in low-emission manufacturing and implemented waste reduction measures. Their journey exemplifies a commitment to a sustainable, responsible future.
For our final inspiring story on sustainability, keep reading!
Going Sustainable: NatWest Joins Net Zero Banking Alliance
NatWest is embracing a greener future, aligning with the UN’s Net-Zero Banking Alliance. Together, the organisation is aiming to halve carbon emissions by 2030. This coalition, launched in 2019, spearheads the banking industry’s role in reducing risks associated with transitioning to a net-zero economy.
Noteworthy members like Santander, HSBC UK, and Triodos Bank are already on board. NatWest’s Head of Climate Change, James Close, emphasises the pivotal role of finance in propelling the UK towards net zero. He envisions a collaborative platform for banks to combat climate challenges.
NatWest is committed to empowering customers in curbing energy costs, creating energy security, and aiding businesses in capitalising on net-zero opportunities. Their 2022 Carbon Planner initiative simplifies carbon footprint reduction for businesses.
Looking ahead, NatWest Group pledges £100 billion in climate and sustainability funding by 2025. Yet, a stark reality looms – global banks have funnelled over $5.5 trillion into fossil fuels in seven years.
Director Heather Buchanan of Bankers for Net-Zero emphasises the collective responsibility of banks and businesses in propelling the just transition towards a net-zero economy. Their support is integral to a sustainable, thriving UK economy.
Going Sustainable: That’s a Wrap
In the world of going sustainable, the strides made by individuals, communities, and organisations like Tilda and NatWest are nothing short of inspiring. Their commitment to sustainability paves the way for a brighter, greener future. As well as these, the dedication to protecting White rhinos, a symbol of our planet’s rich biodiversity shines a bright light on positive change. Every action, big or small, creates ripples of transformation that touch lives far beyond.
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