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In addition to looking at how better communication – at home and work – has its benefits, we see how rural and farming communities are working on greening spaces with trees and heritage species.

1. United States

Boardrooms are becoming more different, according to a new examination of S&P 500 companies. A report by advisory firm Spencer Stuart found that top publicly traded companies brought on 456 new independent directors from May 2020 by May of this year, 72% of which were from historically underrepresented groups. This includes Black directors, who make up 33% of the new class, and women, who explain 43%.

Roz Brewer, as chief operating officer in 2019, addresses shareholders of Starbucks, which has recently increased the racial and gender varied of its board of directors to more than 50% nonwhite members.

Why We Wrote This

Our progress roundup highlights two very different ways of making space for a variety of voices. In one case, the impact could save lives.

Advances in gender and racial varied are bringing companies closer to reflecting the American public. Black Americans, who make up approximately 13% of the U.S. population, now keep up 11% of S&P 500 board seats. Accenture and Starbucks reported the most racially different boards, with 50% nonwhite members. Meanwhile, women have gone from holding 28% of directorships last year to 30% in 2021. The 30% meaningful development has long been sought by advocacy organizations such as the Thirty Percent Coalition. Women of color make up a third of this figure, which is about 10% of total directorships.
Reuters, Spencer Stuart, Just Capital

2. Peru

The Marcapata Ccollana community is the latest to be declared an agrobiodiversity zone by the Peruvian government, protecting Incan farming traditions and underscoring the importance of crop varied. The new 55,800-acre save is located in the Andean highlands. There, an native community of approximately 800 people grows 99 types of potato, among other varieties of tubers, beans, grains, and maize. Farmers of Marcapata Ccollana use ancient techniques such as terracing and multiyear fallow periods.

Around the world, farmers have lost around 75% of plant genetic varied since the 1900s, reports the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Monoculture, the patenting of living organisms, and creation of a global food market have all contributed to a decline in agricultural biodiversity. However, having a variety of species allows farmers to adapt to changing climate conditions. Researchers also found that root vegetables grown in the high Andes were more pest-resistant and higher in protein than commercially obtainable tubers. Marcapata Ccollana is the fourth agrobiodiversity site to be recognized by Peru in order to protect crop varied, and in turn, the country’s overall food security. The effort is a collaboration among local, national, and regional authorities; environmental nonprofits; and the U.N. Development Program.
Mongabay, Food and Agriculture Organization

3. Cameroon

Refugees are combating desertification by planting a thriving forest in northern Cameroon. Climate change had already put a strain on Minawao, Cameroon, when thousands of refugees fleeing violence in nearby Nigeria began arriving in the vicinity. The arrival exacerbated land degradation as families chopped down remaining trees for survival. An current reforestation project, launched in 2018 by the U.N. refugee agency and the Lutheran World Federation, seeks to reverse the damage and enhance conditions for local communities.

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