Marcus Eriksen on keeping our oceans healthy
Lux Magazine » Sustainability
by Isabel Phillips
2w ago
Marcus Eriksen is at the cutting edge of research and raising awareness about the interaction between natural ocean phenomena with microplastic pollution. Trudy Ross speaks with him about the issues, challenges and possible solutions. LUX: What inspired you to start 5 Gyres and dedicate your work to addressing plastic pollution in our oceans? Markus Eriksen: In 2003, I made good on a promise to myself to one day raft the Mississippi river. I grew up near the river, and always dreamed of doing that, but when I did, I saw an unending trail of plastic pollution, flowing down America’s greatest w ..read more
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How innovation and infrastructure are saving coastal communities
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by Candice
1M ago
Seaview Seagrass, Solent, Isle of Wight, UK, image by photographer and marine biologist Theo Vickers. © Theo Vickers As sea levels rise due to global warming, there are tremendous challenges for the environment, coastal communities and global supply chains. Mark Rowe reports and discovers ideas, initiatives and infrastructure measures to help stem the tide The sea is on the rise. All around the world, over the past 100 years, sea levels have risen by up to 25cm. And they are expected to rise by a further one metre in the next 80 years. The main driver of this increase is climate change, caus ..read more
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Markus Müller looks back at COP28
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by Candice
2M ago
COP28 closed last week with an agreement that signals the “beginning of the end” of the fossil fuel era Following the close of COP28 last week, Markus Müller, Chief Investment Officer of ESG & Global Head of Chief Investment Office at Deutsche Bank’s Private Bank, speaks to LUX about his key takeaways from the conference LUX: Did COP28 move the dial on climate change? Markus Müller: Yes, from my point of view it did. Look at the commitments to triple global renewable energy capacity by 2030 and double energy efficiency. But it is what is implied by such commitments that is most interesti ..read more
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The future of philanthropy: AVPN South Asia Summit, Mumbai
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by Candice
2M ago
Durjoy Rahman of Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation addresses the audience at the AVPN South Asia Summit A pioneering conference in India is seeking to kick start venture philanthropy in South Asia ‘We had a strong sense that our projects had a lack of effectiveness. Add to that the lack of transparency as well as poor methods of measuring impact, and it became clear that something needed to be done.’ On a charity fundraising trip in 2002, Doug Miller realised the futility of his friends’ and his impact ventures in private equity. Unlike traditional investments, metrics were undeveloped, and metho ..read more
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Seven leading philanthropy projects for the oceans
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by Candice
3M ago
The Cyclades Preservation Fund runs a campaign to protect the vulnerable Posidonia oceanica meadows from anchoring. Courtesy of the Cyclades Preservation Fund Philanthropy has a key role to play in initiatives to support ocean conservation, and in empowering communities with the ability to make a difference. Here, Darius Sanai outlines the importance of philanthropy, while Chris Stokel-Walker showcases seven philanthropic projects that are making waves The German philosopher Immanuel Kant liked to talk about the categorical imperative: moral actions that have to be taken and do not broach an ..read more
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Adrian Bridge on creating Porto’s new cultural wine district
Lux Magazine » Sustainability
by Candice
3M ago
Adrian Bridge, opened Porto’s Cultural District, WOW, in 2020 Starting his career in the British Cavalry Regiment, Adrian Bridge moved to Portugal in 1994 and is now CEO of The Fladgate Partnership, which produces Taylor, Fonseca, Fonseca-Guimaraens, and Croft Ports. Here, Bridge speaks to LUX’s Leaders and Philanthropists Editor, Samantha Welsh about being a driving force behind wine tourism in Porto and developing the city’s new Cultural District WOW Adrian Bridge LUX: What do you think your training at Sandhurst taught you? Adrian Bridge: The military teaches a great deal about leadersh ..read more
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How Aquaculture Can Help Save Our Planet
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by Candice
3M ago
Cooper Lake, Alaska. The creek draining the lake is coloured red by tannins from the surrounding vegetation. The 30 x 30 initiative to protect such sites is supported by The Nature Conservancy via the US government’s America the Beautiful initiative © Stuart Chape/TNC Photo Contest 2021 The oceans have an increasing potential to provide food for a global population. The challenge is how to do so without harming the planet or its people. Chris Stokel-Walker discovers ideas, organisations and investors helping aquaculture towards a sustainable future The ocean is an essential pillar of planeta ..read more
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Markus Müller on financing sustainable development
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by Trudy Ross
3M ago
Small Pacific island nations like Tuvalu are at most risk of rising sea levels due to climate change; COP27 last year created a Loss and Damage Fund to alleviate their plight, but no funding has yet been forthcoming There is a major issue with meeting our sustainability goals: the financial and structural support is, in many cases, just not there. Markus Müller explains what needs to happen to close the gap LUX: What is the sustainable financing gap and what is the biggest problem we face for bridging it, going forward? Markus Müller: It is usually defined as the difference between the cost ..read more
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Richard Spinrad on moving towards a blue planet
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by Candice
3M ago
The conservation of Cape Foulweather Headland on the Oregon coast, an initiative supported by the Biden-Harris administration through NOAA. © Shutterstock Richard Spinrad is a pivotal figure spanning politics and academia in the US. As Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the veteran oceanographer has the demanding task of guiding policy around maritime sustainability. Michael Marshall speaks with him about challenges and opportunities “An environmental intelligence agency” is how Richard “Rick” Spinrad describ ..read more
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Mae Anderson on nurturing Singapore’s art community
Lux Magazine » Sustainability
by Candice
3M ago
ArtOutreach public sculpture tour for students Mae Anderson, serves as the chairman of Art Outreach, a non-profit organisation committed to promoting art appreciation and nurturing the connections within Singapore’s art community. Mae’s contributions extend to her role as the Head of Philanthropy Services Asia at BNP Paribas Wealth Management, where she collaborates with clients to bring their philanthropic visions to life LUX: How has your personal philanthropy informed your corporate role? Mae Anderson: My experiences in the philanthropic sector have reinforced for me the importance of ali ..read more
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