Good News #5

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Time for some GOOD NEWS. In this episode Waveney and Tim discuss the positive things happening in sustainability, at home and around the world.

First up; the CEO of Black Rock, the largest managed fund in the world (looking after US$7.4T in assets) giving strict guidance to global megacompanies and corporations on the importance of climate change to the future of their business survival. See the letter here.

Next up, a huge victory for 350.org and others who have pressured the Government into dropping any default fund in KiwiSaver that has fossil fuel investments. That’s over $1.15 billion of New Zealanders’ savings, or 715,000 individual kiwis’ savings.

We also discuss Microsoft’s commitment to going Carbon Negative – that is, their commitment to remove the net amount of all the carbon the business has been responsible for putting into the atmosphere since it began in 1971.

We also have a progress update from Wellington-based Mint Innovation, the company reclaiming minerals from discarded electronics using a brand new and eco-friendly process. In 2019, Mint raised $5m and they’ve now built a ‘precommercial’ factory in East Tamaki to validate their concept and test equipment and processes. On 13 Dec they announced they’d stuck gold!

Links to organisations and companies we mentioned are here:

Organics:

o Eco Spot

o Organic NZ Magazine

o Farmers Market Finder

o Dunedin: Taste Nature

o Christchuch: Piko

o Christchurch Wholefoods

o Common Sense Organics

o Huckleberry

o Aucks: Good For

o the Source

o Palmerston North: Be Free Grocer

o Wellington: Hopper Eco Shop

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