Success stories

Success stories

These success stories feature creative ways individuals have created an impact to the environment in their community or beyond. We wanted to share their stories, understand what motivated them to create what they did and how they encourage others to help by example. Get inspired by real-life success stories about people who started out just like you with the goal to fight climate change.

Days without meat: the non-vegetarian initiative that convinced 86,000 people to skip meat

Dagen Zonder Vlees

As a Flemish girl, I was taught that a decent meal had to have potatoes, vegetables and meat. But in 2011, another Flemish girl turned my ideas about food upside down. This year, over 86,000 people are following her by eating less meat for 40 days. Meet Dagen Zonder Vlees, a booming Belgian initiative.

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Rust Belt Riders Composting: A Business to Support Community Gardens

By seeing value in what others throw away, Daniel Brown and Michael Robinson found a creative way to turn their passion for helping their community into a full-time job. The inspiration for their business came while they were running a community garden in Cleveland, Ohio. The garden was formerly the site of a factory, so turning the poor-quality compacted soil into fertile farmland was a constant struggle. They turned to composting as a means to improve the soil condition but had trouble procuring the volume of compost that they needed.

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Saskatchewan's First Solar Co-operative

Major cities in Saskatchewan have the good fortune of being some of the sunniest places in Canada. Specifically in Saskatoon, on average there is 2268 hours of bright sunshine every year, 319 days annually with some bright sunshine and 49% of daylight hours are sunny.[i] Now enter the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES), an environmental non-profit organization based in Saskatoon, aiming to form the province’s first solar power cooperative.

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Art’s Growing Relationship with the Environment

Today, we are facing a serious global challenge wherein everyone should be aware of climate change. It affects you, me, our loved ones and the future generations. We only have one planet to live in, one home, which caters all our needs. Certainly, it is a privilege to be in an environment accurately conducive to live in; thus it should not be taken for granted.

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Creating Food and Fighting Climate Change in Big Cities

To many Americans, farming is an activity associated exclusively with rural areas, separated from urban metropolises characterized by what we imagine modernity and progress to look like. However, with increasing population growth and food security threats, the line between rural and urban will have to be crossed. Not only are urban populations growing around the world, but the global level of urban poverty is expected to accompany this growth.

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Scotland: An Unexpected Hub for Sustainable Fashion

Paris, Milan, London, New York and … Glasgow? Scotland is emerging as a center for fashion. And Scotland is possibly our new favorite fashion destination because it is not at the cutting edge of just any type of fashion, but sustainable fashion!

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The Transition Network: Community Organizations Working to Make a Global Impact

For those who have long been involve in the efforts towards preventing climate change and reducing our impact, and even for those who are new to it, exasperation with the government and international organizations is something quite familiar. The founders, and, those involved in the Transition Network decided to take change into their own hands. Rob Hopkins is one of the founders of Transition Network who wrote a handbook for developing local Transition groups. The headquarters of this initiative is located in Britain where they support about 1,130 to 1,600 groups worldwide.

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Food Not Bombs Hamilton: What It’s All About

Who they are: Food Not Bombs (FNB) is a platform for anyone in the community to adopt with the goal to provide free vegan or vegetarian food. FNB supports the belief that food is a right and not a privilege. There are chapters all over the world where local community members volunteer their time to collect, cook, and serve food with the dedication to non-violence and social justice1. There is a chapter in Hamilton, Ontario called Food Not Bombs Hamilton (FNBH).

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Win-Win: Corporations Take on Climate Change

Climate change is clearly on corporate radar these days.  From public declarations of support for regulations to voluntary programs that assess and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, companies appear to be taking the issue quite seriously.  Companies are both banding together and taking individual steps to reduce their emissions. Whether the true motivation is public relations or the bottom line, companies are recognizing that addressing climate change can reduce business risk, create long-term value for investors and the economy, and benefit the environment.

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Idénergie: a home-grown renewable energy start-up with big hopes

The move toward a more sustainable society is often defined by non-profits, artists and government policy (whether positive or negative). The transition to a society that can endure will however have to rely on business and entrepreneurs to make it happen. Idénergie based in Montréal, is one of these small businesses putting technical expertise, creativity and a drive for change to work to bring new and necessary products to market.

Read time: 4 mins

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