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EDN at the GEF Assembly

Earth Day Network’s President, Kathleen Rogers, and Earth Day Network India’s Director, Karuna Singh, provided reports from the 6th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly in Da Nang, Vietnam, where they joined representatives from more than 180 member countries, heads of UN agencies, other regional representatives, nonprofit organizations, and business leaders to share ideas, solutions, and action needed to protect the global environment. Rogers was recently appointed to represent the North American Region of the GEF. Investing in a Sustainable Future From the former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet (below, on stage, and with Singh): Governments think of finances required to bring about transformational change. They should think really of costs of not bringing about that change. Talking About Solutions to the Problems In a discussion with the President of WRI, the Executive Director of United Nations Environment, Erik Solheim, Unilever CEO Paul Polman, former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, and others: We need to get to positive tipping points after hearing about the negative tipping points scientists speak about. Acting on Scientific Certainty Scientists are now providing support for the need to urgently address climate change. Taking Action to End Plastic Pollution In addition to a well-attended session on the plastic pollution crisis, EDN’s Kathleen Rogers (below) spoke and we heard news that the Marshall Islands is banning plastic bags and styrofoam.