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The 2017 Earth Day 50 Challenge Report

At EARTHx 2017, a diverse group of approximately 100 corporate, environmental, academic, and philanthropic leaders gathered in Dallas, Texas, to dive deeply into top collaborative opportunities to protect our oceans, forests, and climate. This year’s official report provides a blueprint to address these issues by the year 2020—Earth Day’s 50th anniversary.

Earth Day By The Numbers

Learn more by downloading our report on the commitments and accomplishments from the 2017 Earth Day 50 Challenge convening.

The report, The Earth Day 50 Challenge 2017: How Business and Civil Society are Uniting to Address Global Ocean, Forest, and Climate Challenges, outlines a framework for action on the most vexing challenges facing global ecosystems and the climate today. It details dozens of proposals for how market forces can be harnessed to address deforestation, oceanborne plastic debris, and greenhouse gas pollution.

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What is the Earth Day 50 Challenge?

Earth Day 50 Challenge

The Earth Day 50 Challenge is a collaboration between the world’s most influential companies and environmental advocates to advance systemic market solutions to pressing ocean, forest, and climate challenges by the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, in 2020. It convenes annually in partnership with EARTHx and the philanthropist Trammell S. Crow in Dallas, Texas.

Learn more and find out how to join the challenge on the Earth Day 50 home page. 

Business As a Positive Force for Change

Corporations are typically portrayed as environmental villains—sometimes for good reason. But the business sector is increasingly making strides toward proactive, positive environmental action, from pre-competitive collaboration and lobbying for stronger carbon regulation to implementing strict environmental standards throughout the supply chain. Yesterday’s demons are today’s leaders. Today’s corporate villains can become environmental champions.

The Earth Day 50 Challenge identifies the leaders in corporate action to inspire and encourage executives across sectors and throughout the supply chain to direct their influence and resources toward positive, systemic change.

“Private-sector businesses—driving innovation, coaching suppliers, and working with nonprofits and governments—are a tremendously powerful force for good that we are only starting to tap to drive systemic change.”

Finding Common Ground

Our environmental challenges loom large, and extreme polarization is limiting our ability to succeed. The Challenge puts collaboration before confrontation. By building on shared goals, corporate leaders and advocacy groups can exchange influence and ideas to achieve systemic solutions we can all agree on.

Now is the Time to Act

The climate is reaching a tipping point, as are our oceans and forests. Collaborative action is needed now—from corporations, advocates, philanthropists and policy makers. We call on 50 companies and their stakeholders to step up their game.  Through sustained collaboration and commitment, we can build momentum toward systemic solutions to protect and restore our oceans forests and climate.

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