At Rio+20, innovative and determined leaders committed to advancing climate change solutions outside the bureaucratic process, according to Michael Northrop, program director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's Sustainable Development program. In a blog entry for the Huffington Post, he highlights some of the positive outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which took place June 20–22, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Clean economic growth has the potential to raise GDP contributions to $142.7 billion in the United States' West Coast region by 2020, growing clean economy jobs by 200 percent over current numbers, according to a report published by Globe Advisors with RBF grantee The Center for Climate Strategies. The three key sectors with the highest potential for job growth are energy efficiency and green building, environmental protection and resource management, and clean transportation.
By 2030, the sea level along many of the United States' coasts will rise at least four feet, affecting the nearly five million residents who live in homes on land below this level, according to a report published by Climate Central. New data from the report, Surging Seas , and the accompanying website, are featured in a front-page New York Times article, detailing the sea level rise that has already doubled the annual risk of coastal flooding in the country.
Not long ago, Nezir Sinani was working for a state-owned power company in Kosovo. As he learned about the detrimental effects of coal on human health and the environment, he decided to make a change. Now, Mr. Sinani is advancing clean energy solutions in Kosovo with RBF grantee the Institute for Development Policy.
Each summer, RBF grantee Focus the Nation selects 20 college students to participate in its ReCharge! retreat on Mount Hood in Oregon. Chosen as technicians, innovators, politicos, or storytellers, these rising leaders collaborate to explore the skills needed to advance clean energy solutions for the entirety of their careers.