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AUGUST 2021 NEWSLETTER

If you skim one report this week make it The Global Commons Survey: attitudes to planetary stewardship and transformation among citizens in G20 counties. This report has been a remarkable collaboration across the alliance. Here's a condensed read in The Guardian. 83% want to do more to protect the global commons.  

If you read one thing this week make it Kim Stanley Robinson's article in the Financial Times. Kim is a member of our Earth HQ advisory board.

If you watch one TV show this week make it Breaking Boundaries: the science of our planet on Netflix. Johan Rockström, co-chair of our Earth Commission, outlines the solutions to the planetary emergency. The book is out now too. 

If you are amazed by one thing this week make it NowThisEarth our collaboration with Now This media. We have now reached over 300 million people since launch one year ago. 
Major survey on attitudes to global commons published

Three out of four people (73%) agree Earth is approaching potentially abrupt or irreversible tipping points because of human action, according to the first major survey on attitudes to the global commons, published 17 August (Full report). 

The survey, produced by Ipsos MORI for the Global Commons Alliance, revealed that three in five people (58%) across G20 countries are very concerned or extremely concerned about the state of the global commons. 

“The world is not sleepwalking towards catastrophe. People are aware of the risks. They are deeply worried. And they want their governments to do more.” said Owen Gaffney, the lead author of the study.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

We are excited to welcome Ani Dasgupta, President & CEO of the World Resources Institute, as a new member of the GCA Leadership Council. Ani will be replacing Andrew Steer who has moved on to the Bezos Earth Fund. We have been grateful for his support during his time on the council, and look forward to continuing the collaboration with Ani.   

NEW GCA PARTNERS

Since our last newsletter, we are thrilled to welcome the following new partners to the GCA: 

  1. Club of Rome
  2. Mandai Nature
  3. Climate Champions: Race to Resilience; Race to Zero

GCA SITUATION ROOM: THE FUTURE IS NATURE POSITIVE

On June 9, the GCA held the second Global Commons Situation Room meeting this year, focusing on the Alliance’s key deliverables for the next 12 months and the increasing momentum behind the nature positive campaign. The meeting was attended by 60 partner organisations and featured input from, among others, Dominic Waughray, Nigel Topping, Johan Rockström, Diane Holdorf, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez and Naoko Ishii of the Leadership Council, as well as the Executive Directors of each Alliance component. To watch or catch up on the event, please see the recording of the meeting, the slide deck, and the Miro board showing the timeline of key deliverables.

OUR FUTURE IS NATURE POSITIVE

The Global Commons Alliance is supporting the international coordination of the growing Nature Positive movement. Our leadership articulates why Nature Positive is such a disruptive idea in the World Economic Forum’s Agenda (what is ‘nature positive’ and why it is the key to our future). Within the Global Commons Alliance, the Earth Commission shares their scientific comment on the key elements that underpin ‘nature positive’ and key members of the Science Based Targets Network technical team provide their perspective, underscoring the need for system-level change

NowThisEarth reached over 300 million people in the first year

Earth HQ is working with GCA partners Nature For Climate (N4C), WWF and Eurovision News to launch the Nature Zone Newsroom to elevate nature-based solutions and coverage at COP 26. Operating from the Blue Zone at COP 26, the news studio will be programming daily themes in close collaboration with the COP 26 Champions team. Earth HQ Executive Director Tim Kelly said “COP 26 will be a massively important  moment for the world, with much greater public attention than ever before as a result of escalating human impact on the planet, evidenced by COVID, fires, floods, storms, and biodiversity loss.” N4C and Earth HQ are working across the GCA partners to elevate daily Nature + Climate solutions and coverage. Executive Producer Catherine Cunningham says, “Our approach will be to produce daily unbranded news packages and science explainers to be made available for free to all news media, and specifically pushed to Eurovision's 114 news members including the BBC, Sky, all of the Euro news agencies, NBC, CCTV (China) and many others- a potential global reach of more than one billion people.” For more information please contact Executive Producer Catherine Cunningham: catherine@eikosphere.com.

Earth HQ To Launch Virtual Earth Dashboard in Partnership with Null School and World Resources Institute

In October Earth HQ will launch a new Virtual Earth Dashboard with dozens of near-real time data visualizations including fire, smoke, particulates, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, methane, arctic ice minimums, coral reef bleaching, forest health, storm and temperature data. Headline news from Mongabay and NowThis Earth will be integrated into the platform, as well as a new solutions 'toolkit'. Earth HQ is seeking a match for a new Knight Foundation grant of $190K grant for further development of the Earth Dashboard.  For more information please contact WRI’s Virtual Earth Product Specialist Tea Tüür: tea.tuur@wri.org.

Daily Coverage of the Planetary Emergency: NowThis Earth Reach Exceeds 300 Million Drawing Millennial & Gen XYZ Audience

Earth HQ also continues to work with media partners, NowThis and Mongabay, hitting new milestones with reach exceeding 300 million people (millennials and Gen XYZ) since launching 10 months ago and producing over 300 original stories. We are continuing the partnership with Now This (200M monthly users, 75M followers) and with Mongabay (over 600 journalists worldwide) to good effect, with extensive coverage of Nature + Climate solutions, featuring diverse voices and stories from the Global South, and coverage of environmental justice and indigenous rights. Supported by Gates' New Venture Fund, we are seeking a match for their next $250K grant. For more information, please contact Earth HQ Coordinator Christine Southam: christine@globalcommons.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

BIODIVERSITY CONVENTION WORKING GROUP KICK OFF 

The Open-Ended Working Group for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) starts its virtual discussions on 23 August. Watch the Earth Commission channels for more -- #highambition #naturepositive 

GLOBAL COMMONS ALLIANCE AT WORLD WATER WEEK  

This year’s World Water Week features two half hour sessions on using science-based targets for nature to guide corporate action. The Science Based Targets Network will interview three companies who are currently piloting the draft methodology for setting science based targets for water. The interviews will provide insights into how road-testing the methodology will help refine it before public consultation at the beginning of next year and how each company sees these targets supporting their corporate strategies into the future. 

Thursday 26th August, 21:30-21:55 BST: with General Mills and Procter and Gamble
Friday 27th August, 10:30-10:55 BST: with Suntory  

RECENT EVENTS

Art Installation Educates On The Climate: 1 – 27 June, Somerset House

Looking to the future, and building on a GCA collaboration with Project Everyone at the London Design Biennale, the World’s Largest Art Lesson on Nature Positive is now being built for sharing with school children around the world.

Breaking Boundaries: The Science of our Planet

A major new Netflix documentary landed in June, Breaking Boundaries: the Science of Our Planet. Christiana Figueres described it as “probably the most important documentary that has ever been filmed”. Narrated by David Attenborough, the film tells the story of Johan Rockstrom, co-chair of the Global Common Alliance’s Earth Commission, and colleagues, and their work to identify a safe operating space for humanity. 

FROM OUR PARTNERS

NATURE POSITIVE: New guide from The Nature Conservancy to translate Nature Positive ambition to action

There’s no shortage of strategies available to create a nature-positive planet now—The Nature Conservancy’s new downloadable guide shows how to translate ambition into action. The Biodiversity Action Guide offers key strategies for increasing biodiversity conservation that are scalable, focused on protecting intact natural systems and inclusive of authentic community partnership. The guide highlights 14 real-world examples from around the globe to show how partnership with public and private sector leaders can achieve ambitious conservation targets.  Please find a social media toolkit here.

OPPORTUNITIES

There are currently two openings to become involved with GCA. We are looking for Directors for two of our five components. Please see the job descriptions linked below, and feel free to share them widely in your networks.

Accountability Accelerator Director
Systems Change Lab Co-Director

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