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                  Noteworthy Companies from Collision Conference

                  21 May 2019; Chelsea F. Briganti, left, CEO, LOLIWARE, Dianna Cohen, centre,rnCEO, Plastic Pollution Coalition, and Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada, on planet : tech Stage during day one of Collision 2019 at Enercare Center in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Sam Barnes/Collision via Sportsfile

                  There were a lot of companies at Collision Conference and many will be lost in the coverage. I want to celebrate the companies that are trying to make the world better while also making a profit.

                  Ava Byte – grow food in your tiny apartment

                  Avara – AR app to educate people on endangered species

                  Bee Meaningful – a social network for making the world better

                  Carbon Upcycling – chemically adsorbs CO2 emissions into inorganic solids

                  Distributed Compute Labs – use underused existing computer power instead of building new super computers

                  Echo Ridge – crowd driving activism platform to influence politics

                  Ethical Brandz – Get consumers towards making ethical, sustainable purchases, while holding businesses accountable.

                  Fable– a company focussed on user testing for people with disabilities

                  Green City Solutions – moss based biotech air filters

                  Intuitive AI – using AI for zero waste in offices

                  Kind Village – A community for local businesses, professionals and organizations that donate and give back

                  Nutana Power – renewable energy storage

                  PayGreen – Automatically include a carbon offset into your purchases (France only for now)

                  Plant Plus – plant based plastic replacement

                  Quantaloop– Quantaloop is a land regeneration & eco-marketing company

                  Steadiwear – tremor gloves for people suffering from Parkinson’s

                  Swrm –  platform to live a sustainable lifestyle & interact with the sustainable community

                  Unpublished Media Network – vote on weekly political actions

                  Wayaj – explore and book sustainable and socially responsible destinations around the world

                  With any luck these companies will be mentioned on Things Are Good for years to come.

                  Christiana Figueres: The Climate Risk Reward Ratio has Changed

                  The architect of the Paris Agreement, Christiana Figueres, is optimistic about the future of the planet and she sees the technology sector key in moving our economy to a carbon neutral system. She sees the exponential growth in the technology sector and argues that we need that sector’s help to manage “exponential growth in sustainable solutions”. Indeed, she claimed that “the tech sector is the portal to solving climate change” at a press conference at Collision Conference.

                  I doubt any parent alive today wants to be blamed for the environmental problems their children will face. – Figueres

                  Technology

                  We can’t have technology growing for growth’s sake. -Figueres

                  As she sees it, we are in a race between two exponential curves: sustainable tech growth and climate change. Her hope is that the tech sector can help move the economy away from fossil fuels. We need to decarbonize the economy as fast as possible.

                  Companies are starting to note that our climate crisis greatly endangers their future business plans.

                  Transportation

                  We are killing 7 million people per year because of air pollution that is entirely avoidable if we move to electric mobility. -Figueres

                  The economy is slowly moving away from fossil fuels, but this needs to happen faster. The risks are too great to continue our slow progress. She even notes that all the major automakers are moving to all electric – even Harley Davidson.

                  Cities need to regulate the types of cars and busses allowed in their borders so citizens are dangerously exposed to pollution. We have the knowledge, we just need the policies.

                  Housing

                  More corporations understanding that its in their own interest to decarbonize. -Figueres

                  We need purposeful growth and millennials get that, and that’s true when it comes to housing. Figueres envisions a short term goal of retrofitting existing buildings. She wonders why aren’t people retrofitting their buildings since insulation of homes is important to reducing energy combustion.

                  Figueres calls for policy makers to demand that new buildings power themselves and contribute to a healthier city. Again, we have the technology, we have the knowledge, we just need the policies.

                  Canada and Global Fishing Watch Trying to Save the Oceans

                  21 May 2019; Stephen Leahy, International Environmental Journalist, National Geographic, left, with, Andrew Sharpless, CEO, Oceanaon centre and Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary, Government of Canada, on Planet : Tech Stage during day one of Collision 2019 at Enercare Center in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Collision via Sportsfile

                  Our oceans are vital to our existence and nobody knows that better than Andrew Sharpless of Oceana. He and Sean Casey the Parliamentary Secretary were on stage at the Collision Conference presenting their efforts on saving the worlds oceans. Canada has gone from protecting only 1% of its coast line to 10% in less than a decade, hopefully this will continue. Our coasts are great spaces for marine life to lay eggs and eat.

                  The key takeaway from the panel was the really cool global fishing map which tracks the location of every fishing vessel on the planet! The ships are tracked using regional Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), so the some of the data might not be accessible depending on which countries abide by the standard broadcasting rules.

                  Tracking the ships helps governments and NGOs enforce rules and regulations. Casey pointed out that tracking the ships will also help with identifying the polluters who drop their nets (accidentally) and leave them to drift (most of the plastic waste in the oceans comes from fishing activity).

                  Just a decade ago, building an accurate picture of the commercial fishing across the globe would have been impossible. Today, thanks to advances in satellite technology, cloud computing and machine learning, Global Fishing Watch is making it a reality.

                  The State of Energy in Africa

                  A panel at Collision Conference today looked at the state of the energy grid in Africa. The panellists are involved in bringing sustainable energy solutions to the continent in various ways.

                  The artist Akon has founded Akoin to help people better deal with currency complications throughout the continent. The profits from the company are then used to fund solar installations so the coin and the continent can run sustainably.

                  The AKoin Ecosystem unlocks the potential of the world’s largest emerging economy through the creation of a stable currency and innovative, revenue-generating opportunities that stimulate and support youth entrepreneurship, economic stability, and growth across Africa and the world.

                  Jesse Moore from M-Kopa has built a solar panel company that sells solar energy directly to consumers. They’ve brought electricity to over 750,000 houses and are open to skipping the electricity grid entirely. Customers can’t afford the full installation but they they can afford to pay for electricity as it’s needed without having to connect to a larger system.

                  The future of sustainable energy in Africa is looking bright!

                  London’s Congestion Pricing Works

                  Back in 2003 London rolled out its congestion pricing to reduce traffic going into the city and provide more funding for transit solutions. The results have been predictable insofar that the air is cleaner, there are fewer cars downtown, and other transit solutions have become more prominent. It’s shocking that every city hasn’t copied London’s approach, and Vox recently took a look at the congestion plan to explore the concept.

                  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a plan to bring congestion pricing to New York City. The goal is to raise money for the city’s crumbling public transit system and reclaim the dangerously busy city streets. But what is congestion pricing, and can it actually solve all our transit woes? We took a look at London, a city that enacted a congestion charge in 2003, to see some of the benefits. Check out the video above to learn more.

                  For further reading look to our sister site, Curbed: https://www.curbed.com/ https://www.curbed.com/search?q=conge…For information on New York’s potential earnings and benefits: http://www.hntb.com/HNTB/media/HNTBMe… And a closer look at how much money is wasted sitting in traffic: http://pfnyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2… Finally –?Check out this article by Nicole Badstuber on how London congestion pricing has started to level out and the plans the city has in place to bring revenue back up: https://www.citylab.com/transportatio…

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