Lavender Eau de Toilette

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I was glancing over this book that I’ve had for a while called Bath Scents by Alan Hayes. I found this cool recipe for Lavender Toilet Water.  I made it and I am quite pleased with the results.  What made it even more awesome is that I have lavender plants around my home and I already had lavender oil so the only thing I really needed to buy was some vodka.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Spray Bottles (Save empty hair spray bottles and rinse out well and you can repurpose them)
  • 16 ounces distilled water (500 ml)
  • 2 ounces (50 g) lavender buds (about 4 teaspoons dried)
  • 10 ounces vodka (310 ml)
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:  Place 2 ounces of lavender buds in a large ceramic bowl and pour boiling 16 ounces of distilled water.  (Personally I used tap water because it’s for my own use.)  Allow it to steep for 12 hours or overnight for a strong infusion.  Oh wow your home will smell absolutely divine!!  Use muslin, cheese cloth or a strainer to separate the lavender buds from the lavender infusion.

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Add the vodka and lavender oil, seal in a bottle and leave to stand for two weeks.  Drip through a coffee filter after 2 weeks and then rebottle.

Honestly it smells really nice and not over bearing.  I use it as an air freshener, spray it on my hair and body.  It smells really clean and not over powerful.  I really like it and I hope you do too.

I think this would make a lovely gift for someone.  The greatest thing is that there’s no junk in this spray.  Making your own stuff can be really fun and can save you $$ as well.  Feel free to share this with your friends and comment about your thoughts.

Ciao Bella

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It kind of looks like lavender tea.  It’s not all Martha Stewarty but then again, I’m not Martha Stewart.

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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach in Northern California.  She lives with her daughter in Puppy.  She is a Plogger and to find our how you can learn about our future click here.

Quick Vegan Pho

PHO! Is there anything better than slurping up a big bowl of delicious brothy noodles? The answer is no. Soupy, slurpy, full of gorgeous flavours from star anise, cloves, cinnamon, garlic and ginger, topped with basil, mint, cilantro, and all sorts of other goodness. A total bowl of health. This baby will make colds run away in horror.

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Traditional pho is supposed to take several hours to make, but let’s be honest, I ain’t got time for that.

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So I figured out a cheaters way (aka brilliant way) to make it in just 30 minutes. Not only that but you get to be all sorts of lazy and just toss everything in a pot and let it simmer.

I totally have time for that!Pho is all about the broth, and the broth is all about the right flavours. Pho’s unique flavours can be attributed to the spices: star anise, cloves, and cinnamon. Often used as a sweet combination, but pair them with onion, garlic, and soy sauce, and oooeeee is that the yummiest savoury, aromatic soup ever!

Then just decorate your pho with an endless combination of toppings. I love serving all the toppings on a large cutting board or in individual pretty little bowls, and then letting everyone top their pho to their own taste preferences. It makes for a great dinner party or just an easy weeknight meal.

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To make quick vegan pho, just quarter an onion, roughly chop the garlic, and slice the ginger into coins. Add the broth, onion, garlic, star anise, whole cloves, ginger, and cinnamon to a large pot and bring to a simmer. Cover and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. Yes, you will have large chunks of stuff floating around, thats how it should be.

In the meantime bring a big pot of water to a boil and cook your rice noodles. Follow the package directions or if there are none, cook until al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain, and rinse with cold water to stop the noodles cooking.

Chop up your toppings, and sauté the mushrooms or tofu if you are using either. Now I am pretty sure you know how to fill a bowl of soup, so I really don’t need to do a step by step photo guide on this one, but just look how pretty it is…Ahhhhhhhh…. This is the stuff of love.

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Feature Ingredient: Star Anise! 188 days, 69 Recipes to go.

Bon Appetegan!

Sam

Save the Planet with these Products

Plaine Products

I am really happy to say that I’ve become a Plaine Promoter. They have really wonderful products that are ethically sourced and sustainable. They are also vegan and don’t have any of the nasties. Check out the wonderful ingredients here.

I’ve tried making my own shampoo and let’s just say it was a big stinky mess.  Although it did smell wonderful with RoseMary Essential Oil,I had tea stains in my tub and then I found Plaine Products and was more than enamored. Not only is it healthy but it’s shipped to you in aluminum bottles and then when you run out and order more, they ship it to you in an Eco Friendly box and you can return the aluminum bottles to them.  It’s an awesome way to live a   Zero Waste lifestyle.

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So far I’ve tried the Hand Soap and the Shampoo and Conditioner.  They smell divine.  Vanilla/lavender is the scent I chose.  So I do feel it’s important to support businesses that are doing things the right way.  Remember Do No Harm.  So if a business is hurting their employees, the planet or their customers, it’s time to cut them off and only do business with ethical people and businesses.

If you order from my website I get a small commission.   I love these products and if they weren’t super eco friendly and just amazing for your skin, I wouldn’t support them.  Here’s the link to check out their awesome products.

I will appreciate your purchase for Mother Earth.  As you take a shower you don’t have to feel like you’re contributing a bunch of junk to the water supply.  Mother Earth  is what really counts.  But I have faith and know that things are turning around for us and remember The Children Will Inherit the Earth.  So let’s leave them a good place, starting now.

Bye for now,

Valerie

For more information on Tea Tree Oil to care for your hair in a luxurious manner, click here.

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach she lives in Northern California with her puppy Amber.

Should You Be Using Dental Powder Instead of Toothpaste?

Originally Published on Carefreedental.com on March 22, 2016 By Carefree Dental

What’s the deal with dental powder? Is it better than toothpaste? How is it made? Here you’ll found out everything you need to know about this tooth cleaner.

Should You Be Using Dental Powder Instead of Toothpaste

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We all know what goes into a normal, healthy dental regimen: brushing with toothpaste, using dental floss, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash. And even if you don’t do the last two steps, toothpaste has always been a staple tooth cleaner since what seems like forever. But did you know that once upon a time, this minty paste wasn’t found in the bathrooms of most people. Instead, something called “dental powder” was used to brush teeth, keeping them clean and fresh.

What is dental power?

Dental powder is mixture of a variety of ingredients to replace toothpaste as a cleaning substance. It often contains baking soda, herbs like cloves, mint, or cinnamon, and an artificial sweetener for taste.

Although the use of dental powder has regained in popularity recently, it’s just another trendy home remedy. According to How Stuff Works, it actually dates back to ancient history as an important part of dental care.

Origin of Dental Power

The first use of dental powder dates back thousands of years to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and Romans. Even before Cleopatra was around, the people of Egypt kept their teeth clean with powders or pastes made from burnt eggshells mixed with pumice and the power of ox hooves’ ashes. The Chinese added herbs, salt, and ginseng to enhance the cleaning properties and taste of the powder. Greeks and Romans used crushed bones and oyster shells to make a grittier powder. To prevent bad breath, the Romans also added powdered bark and charcoal to their teeth cleaner.

Around 1000 A.D., the Persians realized the danger of overly abrasive tooth powders that cause tooth damage. So they created a milder substance using burnt snail shells, herbs, and honey.

In the 18th century, Britain was the first to market tooth powder. Baking soda was usually the key component, and they added more abrasive substances like brick dust, earthenware, and cuttlefish to thoroughly polish teeth.

From powder to paste

By the early 19th century, two other important ingredients were added to common dental power: Borax for a foaming effect, and glycerin turning the powder into a paste. This made the product easier to use and added a more cleansing effect. Later on, toothpaste was put into collapsible tubes and contained fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel. Thus, toothpaste as we know it today was born.

Dental Powder vs. Toothpaste

Both dental powder and traditional fluoridated toothpaste work well as tooth-cleaning agents. But which one is better for you? Here are the pros and cons of each:
Traditional Fluoridated Toothpaste

Pros:

Easy and convenient to use

Gently cleans and polishes teeth

The American Dental Association recommends fluoride strengthen teeth and reduces cavities

Cons

Contains fluoride, which is poisonous if swallowed

Glycerin leaves a film on teeth preventing remineralization

Tooth Powder

Pros

Studies have shown that tooth powder can be more effective at removing plaque than toothpaste.

Most tooth powders are composed of natural and organic ingredients.

Because it does not contain fluoride, it is non-toxic and safer for children.

Cons

Powder is less convenient to clean with than a paste.

Herbs and clay can leave a funny texture in the mouth after use

Beneficial Ingredients Dental Power

The key ingredients in dental powder are what make this product very beneficial for teeth:

  • Bentonite Clay
    This clay naturally binds to toxins, helping eliminate heavy metal toxins from mercury fillings. Plus, it’s rich in minerals that are nourishing to gums and teeth.
  • Sea Salt
    Unrefined sea salt is helpful for healing irritated gums and contains a plethora of tooth-benefitting minerals.
  • Baking Soda
    Baking soda is a long-time trusted tooth cleaner. It works as a gentle abrasive to gently polish teeth and clean and whiten your smile.
  • Xylitol
    Xylitol not only adds a sweeter taste to the powder, but also can benefit your oral health. It naturally stimulates saliva production, which helps protect and remineralize teeth. Stevia is another good option if you wish to use a different sweetener.
  • Sage
    For years, cultures around the world have used sage as a natural tooth-whitener.
  • Cloves
    Cloves not only tastes great; it’s also a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient to help sore gums.
  • Essential Oils
    Essential oils have an endless list of benefits. Peppermint oil is a great choice for dental powder because it is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial. On top of having pain-relieving properties, it also leaves your mouth feeling minty and fresh.

Make your own dental powder

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of calcium powder
  • 1 teaspoon of pure sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of dried ground sage
  • 1 tablespoon of xylitol powder (for sweetness)
  • 1 teaspoon to tablespoon of Cloves or Cinnamon (or both, depending on the flavor you prefer)
  • Mint, spearmint, or other essential oils for taste

Instructions

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl or pint sized mason jar. Mix them together using a non-metal spoon. (Bentonite clay loses some of its beneficial properties when it comes in contact with metal, so it’s best to use plastic, glass or wooden bowls, containers, and spoons when making your dental powder.

Add essential oils by dripping them into the mixture. Stir well.

Keep the powder in a sealed container. Because it doesn’t have any liquid ingredients, it should last an indefinite amount of time on your counter without any problems.

Brushing with Dental Powder

Using tooth powder is similar to brushing teeth with toothpaste. Simply wet your toothbrush and dip it into the powder. Or if you’re using a small squirt bottle, carefully squirt the powder onto a wet toothbrush. Brush teeth holding the brush at a 45 degree angle, thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Brush for at least 2 minutes. Then, rinse your toothbrush and mouth with cool water. You can use this multiple times a day.

You can use dental powder as a replacement for toothpaste. However, you can still use toothpaste after you brush with tooth powder.

Keeping up with an Oral Health Regimen

Of course taking care of your teeth requires more than just using tooth powder. To keep teeth healthier and whiter, try sticking to this dental regimen:

  • Brush teeth at least twice a day, morning and night after meals.
  • Floss and rinse regularly to keeps gums healthy and bacteria at bay.
  • Change out your toothbrush every three months or so. Make sure that you clean it thoroughly after each use.
  • Keep up with regular dental check-ups and cleanings to keep your teeth in prime condition.

So which do you prefer to brush with: dental powder or traditional toothpaste? Let us know in the comments below!

Global Climate Action Summit Itinerary

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This is our beautiful home.  Let’s take care of it and we can.

Well I am doing a special posting to advise that the Global Climate Action Summit which is happening September 12-14 in San Francisco, CA.  This event is going to be so amazing for many reasons.  It’s bringing together leaders from 5 Continents.  This is not just some random event.  This is the event that is going to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement.  So it is a big deal.

Wait until you see the itinerary.  It is like looking at a crystal ball to what our future is going to be here on planet Earth.

Without further adieu, this is the link to the Global Climate Action Summit.  It has pictures of some the leaders that are making this event possible and scroll down to get the program.

Thank you and we can do this.  Let’s just be happy and celebrate that everything is going our way.  Remember your strength is in your joy.

Ciao,

Valerie

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The future of our planet is in our hands and we will make the right choices.  Because of all of us coming together as one.  OK we’ll just come together,  we don’t have to be one just yet.  It kind of sounds like a really big commitment.  How about we just text for now?

Easy Way to go Zero Waste

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rA Zero Waste lifestyle can be different and can seem difficult. You see these people with all of these jars of food and everything is so organized. Then if you are like me, you look at your cupboards and it’s just kind of a mess. And then you think, “I can do that zero waste thing later when I have time.” Well the thing is we need to start this soone rather than later for a variety of reasons. Well I don’t really want to focus on the reasons because I’m sure if you are reading this then you already know why it’s a good thing to be a Zero waster.  But if you are really want to make a difference check out the Global Climate Action Summit Call to Action.

So I found a really easy way to go zero waste. So let’s just say for example you just ordered a bag of Flax Meal from Amazon. It came in a really great plastic bag that is clearly labeled as flax meal along with the nutritional value and maybe a few ways you can use it.

So when it starts running low, pour the remained in a glass jar. Take that really wonderful plastic bag to your favorite grocery store that has bulk bins and fill that bag up with ground flax meal.

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The reaction by the Checker may be different.  They might have no idea what Zero Waste is so you might want to be prepared to explain it.  I had to “school” a cashier.  But he was actually pretty cool.  Just know it’s a little different so you have to be a little bit patient with them.

So basically you just went ZERO WASTE like a boss!! More and more stores have bulk bins.

Boom you’ve now been transformed into an Earth Angel. And the Earth shall thank you and you will be rewarded dear one.

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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach in Northern California. She’s on a Zero Waste Journey along with other interests as well. click here to contact.

Jackfruit Tikka Massala

Originally Published on www.Bosh.tv

Jackfruit Tikka Massala

We teamed up with the lovely Grace from SpiceBox to make this utterly delicious Jackfruit Tikka Massala.

Seriously, she’s mega talented – this is one of the best curries we’ve ever eaten.

Ingredients

Jackfruit Marinade

1 cup silken tofu
1/4 cup water
3 cloves garlic
2 inches ginger
1 tsp garam massala
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp salt
1/2 lemon (juiced)
1 tin young green jackfruit in water

Curry Sauce

3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 bay leaves
4 cardamon pods
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 onions (finely chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
3 inches ginger (minced)
2 green chillies (chopped)
2 tbsp tomato puree
5 tomatoes (chopped)
small bunch cilantro stalks
1 tsp garam massala
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 can coconut milk
1 green pepper (chopped)

To serve

Basmati Rice
Pickled red onion (garnish)
Fresh coriander (garnish)

Method

1.Put the jackfruit marinade ingredients in a food processor & whizz them up in to liquid.

2.Pour the jackfruit into a bowl & “pull” it with two forks.

3.Add the marinade to the bowl, mix in the jackfruit & make sure it’s well covered.

4.Let the Jackfruit marinate, ideally for 2 hours or more.

5.Put the marinated jackfruit on a baking tray & bake it for 20 minutes at 240℃ (464℉).

6.Warm the vegetable oil in a pan & add the bay leaves, green cardamom pods & cumin seeds & mix them around until the aromas are released.

7.Add the onion & stir it until it’s translucent.

8.Add the garlic, ginger & green chillies & mix them in to the onions.

9.Add the tomato puree & mix that in too.

10.Add the tomatoes & the cilantro stalks & mix them into the onions.

11.Add the garam masala, paprika, ground coriander, turmeric & stir it all round so the spices are dissolved & mixed in nicely.

12.Add the coconut milk & mix it in to the sauce & let it reduce slightly.

13.Add the jackfruit & the green peppers, mix them round until the pepper has softened slightly.

14.Serve immediately over basmati rice, garnish with cilantro & pickled red onion.

Dental Floss – Georganics

Originally Published on UnpackedEarth.wordpress.com on July 12, 2018 By unpackedearth

Dental Floss – Georganics

It took me quite a long time to find a zero waste dental floss, and to be honest it wasn’t something I initially considered as an issue – but with traditional floss made of plastic and coming in plastic containers, this was something I had to change.
I eventually stumbled across Georganics floss (https://georganics.co.uk/) – they make other products but I haven’t tried them out yet.

I purchased mine from ‘Bliss-a journey to zero waste’ at Tiverton market, but you can also buy it online. This floss fits the bill perfectly, and I haven’t been disappointed. They make a natural floss from bamboo or silk, which comes in a glass bottle with a metal lid and at 30 meters is sure to last a while. Sustainably grown and PETE cruelty free. The floss itself is very attractive and looks nice on your bathroom shelf. The floss itself has cleaned my teeth really well, just as well as its wasteful counterparts, and the peppermint flavour (it also comes in cardamon) left my teeth feeling fresh. I love that my teeth can keep healthy without damaging the world we live in. I will definitely be purchasing more.

About

I am a married working mum, living in Devon, and this blog is born out of my desire to be more mindful about how I live and the unnecessary plastic I (and we all) use. I have become more and more aware of waste, particularly plastic waste and its impact on our health, our lives and our planet and I am committed to leaving the world a little better than I found it.

I am on a mission to phase out the disposable plastic I use and replace it with practical, sustainable and cost-effective alternatives. Zero waste is the ultimate goal but I am going to take this one step at a time and I hope that by changing my lifestyle, I can reduce waste, ultimately save money and positively impact the earth. I hope to challenge companies on their use of plastic as well as their environmental plans for the future and I am happy to try products and report my thoughts and findings. I am just starting out so I am learning all the time so don’t hesitate to get in touch with your thoughts, experiences or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. I hope others will follow suit as together we can make a real impact. Thank you for taking the time to visit this blog.

Multi Purpose Hand Sanitizer

pexels-photo-207518.jpegLast year I had a party and made these favors that were hand sanitizers.  I must have made 150 of them as favors.  You know I didn’t want to run out.  Needless to say, I had many left overs.  I gave many away to friends and family as there is a shelf life to these babies.

These are the  uses I’ve found for them:

  1. Hand Sanitizer: Duh
  2. Hand Moisturizer:  They have fractionated cocoanut oil in them.  A little goes a long way and they do moisturize your hands quite nicely.
  3. Make Up Remover:  Since I was giving them away because I had so many, had been using cocoanut oil to take off my make up.  So I thought, I wonder if this will work.  Well it worked quite nicely.  I was really happy to make this discovery because I feel the ingredients are very good for my skin as well.

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These ingredients don’t look very enticing plus they also come in a big Fat Plastic Bag.  Just say no and make your own or just use cocoanut oil to remove make up.

I did have friends asking me for more of this stuff.  Making it and delivering it does take quite a bit of effort when you consider all that I am doing.  I am just not set up to be a manufacturer too.  So I will make another small batch to give to my peeps.  But in the meantime, here is the recipe that I’m sure you will love.

This makes 4- 4 oz bottles:

Hand Purifying Spray

  • 1 Cup Distilled Water
  • 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
  • 1/2 Cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 20 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops Lavender Essential OIl
  • 20 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

Directions to make

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Mix Well.  Using a funnel, pour it into 4 4oz spray bottles.

Spray on hands, rub thoroughly until spray has been absorbed into skin and let air dry.  I also use it to take off make up. I use it to take off my eye make up and did not have any problems but do that at your own risk.  Seriously would you rather use this or that toxic cocktail from Neutrogena?

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Well that’s it.  I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as I did.  Stay strong and know that you can make all the difference in the world.  Just remember that you do matter.  One person at a time making positive changes can have a great influence.

Thanks Earth Angel!!  You rock!!  And after you make this, let me know how many blessings you start receiving.  You are making a conscious choice to do a good thing and you will be rewarded.  As you put out good, good thing will come to you.  Remember that.

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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach. She’s trying to share with people other options then simply buying more stuff in plastic. Join her and start saving the planet.

 

Entrepreneurs Call To Action at Global Climate Action Summit

Originally published on Global Climate Action Summit.org on July 29, 2018 by Feature Pressroom Summit News
Entrepreneurs Call To Action at Global Climate Action Summit
Energy Nexus July 29, 2018
This is a call for signatories for the Global Climate Action Summit from September 12-14, 2018. It builds on the Entrepreneurs Call to Action Statement presented at COP21 in Paris in 2015. Ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit this September in San Francisco, entrepreneurs from all over the world have issued an Entrepreneurs Call To Action for world leaders to scale their cleantech innovations that alter the course of climate change and enable sustainable energy for all.

The Entrepreneurs Call To Action already has 62 signatories from 25 countries and our goal is to recruit 1000 signatories by September. SIGN THE CALL TO ACTION STATEMENT HERE (takes 3 minutes)

WE ARE THE DISRUPTORS. WE WANT TO GROW FASTER.

We are some of the thousands of cleantech business women and men, founders and starters, workers and builders, commonly known as entrepreneurs, from all corners of the world that have the solutions ready to help our customers to lower their cost, achieve better performance and improve their lives without the need of harmful fossil fuel emissions.

We are forerunners in all areas of daily life, providing solutions that address human needs for shelter, mobility, food, water, heating and materials – powered by clean, renewable energy. We also represent a myriad of labs, incubators, accelerators and ecosystems supporting these startups to succeed. We build goods and service delivery organizations, companies, social enterprises and projects in the face of a failing incumbency to address the conditions of over a billion people waiting for modern energy services.

We develop and deliver these services in new efficient ways and explore new business models where this can be done faster and cleaner as part of a circular economy. Together we can provide cooling, heating, steam, cooking and water treatment for rich and poor using renewable energy, energy efficiency across traditional industries, biogas displacing fossil alternatives, performance materials inspired by nature, and infrastructure and power for zero emissions transport. Our solutions enable super-efficient buildings so they can produce more energy than they consume, ever more efficient renewable energy production, energy storage, remanufacturing, optimization of the growth of plants, removal of CO2 from the atmosphere and agriculture based negative emission solutions and much, much more. We provide more jobs than the fossil fuel industry per unit of energy and we feel proud in taking real actions for a sustainable world. The more we grow, the faster emissions will shrink.

The more we grow, the more people will have access to sustainable energy. The more we grow, the closer we will be to a full decarbonisation of the global economy.

YOU NEED TO SCALE UP THESE SOLUTIONS. EXPONENTIALLY.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports that the rate of adoption of clean energy must accelerate six-fold for us to meet our Paris commitments, which means we need many millions of companies to start and scale up solutions – fast – in years to come. The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco must be where we begin to accelerate this:

  • GCAS must be where we learn to harness innovation for the solution to the great challenges of our times: climate change and social inequality. We must set the course towards an equitable and just transition that limits warming to 1.5°C degrees, protects people and biodiversity and builds a climate resilient future. Moving towards a fossil fuel free energy system – which we should reach no later than 2050 and preferably long before – can address both problems with clean electricity and mobility services, more jobs and opportunity for all. As part of this renewable energy powered transition we can and must aim for universal energy access by latest 2030. The world must keep moving in this direction. We must all aim at the lower range of our finite carbon budget and see a global greenhouse gas emissions peak by latest 2020 and roughly halve global emissions each decade thereafter towards a carbon neutral global economy by 2050.
  • GCAS is where we start a new quest for the best and brightest of the 21st century to challenge the incumbent industries with better products and better services that do not destroy the climate but help us build resilience.
  • GCAS comes a year after wind and solar project finance more than doubled the finance flowing into coal, oil, gas projects globally – but that is not enough. We need the financial sector to align their portfolios with a well below 2°C-or-better future and invest at three or more times the rate into the new companies and asset classes of clean energy, especially in the emerging markets of Asia and Africa. GCAS should seek to ensure the scaling up of climate finance from developed countries towards the promised $100 billion per year by 2020. We need to continue phasing out perverse public subsidies towards fossil fuels in various shapes and forms, not least to halt some countries going “back to the past” in support of coal.
  • GCAS needs to reaffirm governments commitment to science-based targets and policy instruments that support innovative solution providers that have everything to gain from a rational playing field. In a fair competition we win. It is encouraging to see large corporates, including the tech sector so prevalent in San Francisco, buying 100% renewables to control costs and contribute to solution but we ask them to do more in their supply chains and in support of innovation across the globe. The new energy economy is going to be a $120 trillion opportunity space according to some forecasts in the time period of the Paris agreement – strategic investment will favor the bold. We will consider corporates that have alignment with a well below 2°C-or-better scenario as part of their value proposition an important factor when we look for venture partners. We will seek corporates, investors, cities and regions that actively explore ways to support entrepreneurs innovating to overcome the climate challenge in their value chains. Those willing to actively share the risk in exploring better ways of doing business in an efficient and fully renewable energy based future, whilst reaping the rewards in lower costs and increased revenue of getting there before others.

With the investment of large corporates and financiers we can change the world. We are. With the will of the leaders gathered in San Francisco, we can do it faster. If you undo the distortions protecting the incumbents and at the very least get out of our way and ideally get on our good ship of clean energy we will make it happen. We the entrepreneurs, startups and startup support organizations of the world commit to this journey with all that we have got. Our ingenuity and sweat will be poured into the problems of our times, We will hasten our progress to the destination, which has gone from being impossible to one which is now inevitable – a world powered with clean energy. Our only question is can we all, working together, make it happen in time?

As world leaders you have the power to propel us forward, inspiring citizens to become proud actors, aiders and abetters of change. You set the markets and the pace. You cannot hesitate to put these solutions into place. We all must be disruptive. Together we must push forward in creating best-in-class, modern energy solutions for all. This needs to happen from today – at full speed.

Within the next decade, we have a window of opportunity to turn the climate boat around into safer waters. We can still set the world on track to continuously build resilience and manage climate risks with minimal loss and damage through 2050 and beyond. The solutions are already here, ready to be scaled. Now – help us and hundreds of thousands of blueocean-chasing cleantech entrepreneurs to speedwell. Thank you for your work and service.