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Launch of the Recommendations of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency




Ethical Markets is happy to IEA getting with the Energy Efficiency movement , key to sound progress on the SDGs!

~Hazel Henderson , Editor“

Dear Colleagues,

We are thrilled to announce today’s launch of the Recommendations of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency. The Global Commission is headed by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, and comprised of 23 heads of state, current and former ministers, top business executives and global thought leaders. Actions proposed by Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency highlight the benefits efficiency can bring to sustainable recovery plans. To learn more about their Recommendations, please visit the IEA website linked here.

There’s also still time for you to join the discussion of the Recommendations at tomorrow’s Global Conference on Energy Efficiency! The virtual conference will be streaming live on IEA’s website, as well as streaming live on IEA’s Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube channels. Check out the updated agenda below!

We invite you to engage with other conference participants on these social media channels using the #efficiency2020 hashtag. To ask questions of the speakers, you can send an email to [email protected].

Please see below for more information about each of the sessions. We’ll see you online!

All the best,

The Energy Efficiency Division

Official Website of the Global Conference on Energy Efficiency


Session 1: Prioritising Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Economic Recovery

8:00 – 9:15 CEST

Livestream Links: Twitter, Youtube, IEA

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency
  • H.E. Ms. Salomé Zourabichvili, President of Georgia
  • H.E. Mr. Claude Turmes, Minister for Energy and Minister for Spatial Planning, Luxembourg
  • Mr. Satoshi Tsunakawa, Chairman, Toshiba
  • Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute, India
  • Ms. Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council

Session 2: Energy Efficiency Action to Create Jobs and Support Development

10:00 – 11:30 CEST

Livestream Links: Twitter, YoutubeIEA

Featured Speakers:

  • H.E. Mr. Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Morocco (TBC)
  • H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  • Mr. Kim Fausing, Presiden and CEO, Danfoss
  • Mr. Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Limited
  • Mr. Pierre-André de Chalendar, CEO, Saint-Gobain
  • Ms. Audrey Zibelman, CEO, Australian Energy Market Operator
  • Dr. Johan van Zyl, President and CEO, Toyota Motors Europe

Session 3: Learning from Global Best Practice

12:30 – 14:00 CEST

Livestream Links: Twitter, YoutubeIEA

Featured Speakers:

  • Mr. Adam Sieminski, President, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Saudi Arabia
  • Mr. Abhay Bakre, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, India
  • Mr. Tomas Anker Christensen, Climate Ambassador, Denmark
  • Mr. Tomohiro Kaneko, Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministery of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
  • Mr. Clay Nesler, Interim President, Alliance to Save Energy and Vice President of Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls, United States
  • Ms. Monica Frassoni, President, European Alliance to Save Energy, Belgium
  • Dr. Satish Kumar, President and Executive Director, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy, India
  • Ms. Sang Jing, Founder and Executive Director, China Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, China

Session 4: Engaging at All Levels of Society to Accelerate Efficiency Progress

15:00 – 16:30 CEST

Livestream Links: Twitter, YoutubeIEA

Featured Speakers:

  • H.E. Ms. Teresa Ribera Rodriguez, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain
  • H.E. Dr. Leonore Gewessler, Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • H.E. Mr. Richard Bruton, Minister for Climate Action and Environment, Ireland
  • H.E. Mr. Alfonso Cusi, Secretary of Energy, Philippines
  • Ms. Lisa Murkowski, US Senator for Alaska, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, United States
  • Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Former UN Under-Secretary-General, CEO and Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Sustainable Energy for All, Sierra Leone
  • Mr. Gil C. Quiniones, President and CEO, New York Power Authority, United States
  • Ms. Connie Hedegaard, Chair, KR Foundation, Denmark

Session 5: The Importance of Global Collaboration on Energy Efficiency

17:00 – 18:30 CEST

Livestream Links: Twitter, YoutubeIEA

Featured Speakers:

  • H.E. Ms. Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
  • H.E. Dr. Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, United Kingdom
  • H.E. Dr. Jorge Rivera, Secretary of Energy, Panama
  • H.E. Mr. Sergio Costa, Minister of the Environment, Italy
  • Dr. Tina Birmpili, Head of UN Ozone Secretariat, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Ms. Jessica Brown, Executive Director, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program
  • Ms. Charlotte Wang, Founder and CEO, EQuota, China

Session 6: New Approaches to Energy Efficiency Action

19:00 – 20:30 CEST

Livestream Links: Twitter, YoutubeIEA

Featured Speakers:

  • H.E. Mr. Seamus O’Regan, Minster of Natural Resources, Canada
  • Mr. Gerassimos Thomas, Deputy Minister of the Environment and Energy, Greece
  • Dr. Marina Robles, Secretary of Environment, Mexico City
  • Mr. Andrew McDowell, Vice President, European Investment Bank
  • Mr. Alex Fitzsimmons, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Department of Energy, United States
  • Mr. Michael Liebreich, Chairman and CEO, Liebreich Associates
  • Mr. Andrés García-Ortiz, Asociación Nacional de Empresas de Eficiencia Energética, Chile


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Earth Day, Save for Your Future: Contribute to your IRA by May 17 to invest in climate action and fossil-free portfolios




Due to the pandemic, the IRS extended the
Personal Taxes Deadline to May 17

Some of us have been vaccinated, others are waiting to do so.  We are starting to glimpse the end of quarantine and isolation. This pandemic has impacted many of us, yet we still need to plan for a more sustainable, resilient, and impactful future.

Our economy is evolving, extractive industries need to innovate or be left behind, and regenerative approaches are necessary for survival of our planet and people. This tax season consider investing in portfolios positioned for our future.

Consider contributing to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to reduce your taxable income and allocate to higher impact, more sustainable investment strategies and portfolios up to $7000 for IRA contributions, depending on your age.

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Saving for Your Future with an  IRA

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Typical IRA contributors compared to non-contributors are more likely to be white, have a college education, and contribute to a 401(k) workplace retirement plan, according to a Center for Retirement Research at Boston College study

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Too many American families are ill-equipped to deal with their financial needs during retirement. If younger people begin saving for retirement earlier, they can be better prepared as they approach their retirement years.

Always check with your tax expert or accountant, but here are some things to keep in mind*,

Current IRA Rules

  • The annual contribution limit for Traditional IRAs for both 2020 and 2021 tax years is $6,000 (or $7,000 for those 50 and older to help catch up).
  • There is an IRS penalty for withdrawals prior to age 59 1/2 with limited exceptions. Here is a link to the IRS website. (IRS)
    • For example, new parents are allowed to withdraw up to $5,000 without a 10% early withdrawal penalty as long as funds are withdrawn within a year of the birth or adoption of a new child.

Invest responsibly while saving for your retirement.

  • Contribute to your IRA for 2020 before May 17th, 2021, and follow up with a direct contact so you can fill out an electronic form to affirm your tax year of 2020.
  • Contribute to your IRA for 2021 all year
  • Open an IRA account if you don’t have one yet to invest impactfully, including HIP Strategies
  • There may be additional fees if you close your IRA account.

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*These are the current regulations. The IRS rules may change and you should check with your tax adviser, and learn more here. (IRS)

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PLANET HEART in association with  WE, THE WORLD

Produced by Andrew Kaen


Hello Friends, Students, all—another Earth Day Celebration is upon us, and we’ll be celebrating, honoring, and learning together…it’s free, fun, sobering, yet uplifting….with some dynamic speakers & performers.  Our second On-line, free event to honor our Mother Earth.  Link below.  I’ll be guiding the spaceship…hope you can join us. Mitchell    




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Celebrating our Planet, Healing Our Heart

Come join us for Special Event with our Conscious Community as we Gather in Unity

Honoring Mother Earth. Listen to Inspirational Talks and Experience Live Music Performances,

Celebrations & Prayers for World Peace, Planet Earth & All Inhabitants. All are Welcome!



HOST/MC Mitchell Rabin: International speaker, environmentalist, holistic coach and Host of A Better World Radio & TV

Rick Ulfik: Founder of We, The World, We Campaign, co-creator of 11 Days of Global Unity,

Hazel Henderson: World-Renowned Futurist, Evolutionary Economist, a Worldwide Syndicated Columnist

Dr. Leslie Field: Materials Scientist, Founder & CTO of the Arctic Ice Project

Dahr Jamail: Renowned journalist, Author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

Henk Rogers: Entrepreneur, Blue Planet Foundation’s Founder and Chair Emeritus

Patricia Anne Davis: Choctaw-Navajo/Chahta-Dineh Wisdom Keeper Indigenous International Speaker and Healer

Monica Willard: Charter Member of the United Religions Initiative (URI)

Intergenerational Panel on Climate with Adrian Alvarez, Brianna Rain Skildum, Grandmother Shannon Crossbear, Jim Graywolf Petruzzi and Sue Blythe

Laurelle Rethke: Bestselling Author, Spiritual Teacher and Crystal Expert

Kathryn Davis: Host of Heart of Mind Radio, Master Teacher of Qigong Form; an Energy-Vibrational Healer

Premik Russell Tubbs: Composer, Arranger, Producer and an accomplished Multi-Instrumentalist

Heidi Little: International, award-winning Singer-Songwriter, Self-Love and Empowerment Educator

Laurell Eden: High Vibration Recording Artist and Health Coach

Missy Galore: Shamanatrix of Lovelution, Galactivator of Goodness, Servant of Cosmic Love

For more information:  [email protected]


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Poems for the Solar Age by Hazel Henderson




Poems for the Solar Age


By Hazel Henderson

Kosmos | Dear Hazel, everyone knows you as a futurist and as an evolutionary economist, an author and a consultant, but I don’t think many people know you as a poet.

Hazel | I knew, for my mission in this lifetime, I would have to do battle with all the alpha males who run the public and private bureaucracies in most countries, and also run most of the academic scene and the silos and the boundaries between disciplines and all the competition and so on. I knew I would have to shift to my left brain and document everything very deeply. So the poetry was when I came home after doing battle in Room 100 under the Capitol Dome for six years as a cabinet level science policy advisor. I would get home and all I wanted to do was to write poems.


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Exciting Kelp Update from 2040




The Australian Marine Permaculture Project is bringing seaweed solutions to life

 Marine permaculture is the practice of regenerating kelp and seaweed to reforest our oceans
and is being pioneered by Dr Brian von Herzen and his team at the Climate Foundation.

Establishing Australia’s first offshore seaweed platform

In an innovative initiative to bring the seaweed solution to life, The Intrepid Foundation partnered with ‘2040’ and the Climate Foundation to launch a public crowdfunding campaign and raised A$600,000 in 2019.

We were blown away by the outpouring of support for this exciting pilot project. And, with this support, we can now build and deploy the first marine permaculture platform in Australian waters, located off the coast of Tasmania in Storm Bay.

Progressing the project

In December 2019, Damon Gameau (Director of ‘2040’ film) had the opportunity to visit the team at the University of Tasmania with Dr Brian von Herzen to see the kelp breeding program first-hand. At the Phase 1 site at Storm Bay, test lines had been successfully populated with kelp bred in the lab. The baby kelp was grown from spores collected from ‘wild’ specimens in remnant populations.

It’s now one year since the microscopic kelps were outplanted adjacent to salmon pens and the largest of them is now a spectacular 10 metres in length! Other kelps outplanted at the same time in the same area, but further away from the salmon pens are considerably smaller (<3m), reflecting the importance of nutrient supply from the pens for kelp growth

Photographed at the end of October 2020, these kelps were0
microscopic when they were first outplanted a year ago at the

Huon Aquaculture

Storm Bay salmon lease as part of the collaborative project

Climate Foundation,IMAS, and Huon Aquaculture. Photo credit: Cayne Layton.

Other key project findings include identifying family lines of kelp that are tolerant of warm water. The project team has also developed a cold storage technique to enable long term storage of kelp in its microscopic stages, producing a kind of ‘seed bank’ that doesn’t require demanding husbandry.

The successes of the project so far, including finessing techniques around kelp husbandry and lifecycle management have laid the foundations to greatly expand the scope and scale of the work.

In 2021, the project team is planning to submit a collaborative research proposal with the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre to take the next steps towards growing kelp offshore for commercial and environmental benefit. This collaboration will involve the University of Tasmania (Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies and Australian Maritime College), Climate Foundation, CSIRO and the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment.

Like most major research projects, the project has also encountered some challenges. When trialling methods to restore kelp beds on natural reefs, initial plantings at the three restoration sites had limited success and the primary method of planting – using twine carrying kelp seedlings – resulted in poor survivorship. Encouragingly, a secondary method trialled at the same time using small 50 x 50 mm plates seeded with micro-kelp, resulted in good survivorship. In 2020, the three restoration sites were replanted with plates densely seeded with tiny kelp seedlings and, at each site, 100 plates were bolted to boulders that comprise the reef substratum.

The University of Tasmania and the Climate Foundation have been working closely on the development of methods of natural reef restoration and in the coming months, the project team will apply for the permits for upwelling water and irrigating seaweed in Australia.

Damon gets up close and personal with remnant Giant Kelp in Storm Bay, TAS

Prototype testing gets underway in the Philippines

While the Tasmanian nutrient trial demonstrated the strong response of kelp to sufficient nutrients, concurrently the Climate Foundation has been testing seaweed responses to restoring overturning circulation and irrigating seaweed forests with the upwelled water – deeper, colder water which rises to the surface.

The team have successfully irrigated red seaweeds with upwelled water at a deepwater marine permaculture platform testing site in the Philippines. Below are some images of the Philippines trial site where the Climate Foundation team built two troughs for the platform, successfully deploying the system into water over 1,000 feet deep.

While the work that Brian and his team have been doing in the Philippines hasn’t been directly funded by the Australian Marine Permaculture Project, the new findings and technological advancements being prototyped in the Philippines are now informing the Tasmanian project – ready to enable the Australian team to progress with Marine Permaculture deployment in Australia.

The Climate Foundation team deployed a prototype trough-based marine permaculture system in the Philippines. Photo credit: Sam Donohue

Prototype trough-based marine permaculture deployed in the deep sea in the Philippines. Photo credit: Sam Donohue

Red seaweeds grown in surface water (right) and in upwelled water (left) with the darker colour indicative of greater seaweed health. Photo credit: Sam Donohue

Close up comparison of the baseline seaweed (tan) with deepwater irrigated seaweed (dark) shows the robust response of this red seaweed to deepwater irrigation.

While Brian and the Climate Foundation team await the results from the trial in the Philippines, early indications show that the seaweed has benefited from the deepwater irrigation, as can be seen in the above image. While neighbouring seaweeds outside the test irrigation site have been shrinking during the summer season, the irrigated seaweeds are growing dark and healthy.

As Dr Brian von Herzen states, “from the Philippines to Australia, Marine Permaculture irrigation is proving itself to be the key to growing strong, healthy seaweed forests that provide habitat for forage fish and may be essential to regenerating life in the ocean.”

If you can, please help with
a Climate Foundation financial donation by going  

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