Sowing the Seeds for a Healthy Future

Authors: Todd Barker, CEO, Meridian Institute; Dr. Martin Bloem, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future; Rev. Eugene Cho, President and CEO, Bread for the World; Dr. Melissa D. Ho, Senior Vice President, Freshwater and Food, World Wildlife Fund; Ferd Hoefner, Principal, Farm, Food, Environment Policy Consulting; Mike Lavender, Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture … Continued

Wine Pairing: Meridian and International Wineries for Climate Action

Uncertain Futures: Climate Change and Wine I admit that, not long ago, I wasn’t thinking about climate change when picking up a bottle of wine or raising a glass with friends. But last year, I began working with International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) as part of its secretariat team housed at Meridian—and learned just … Continued

On the Ground at COP26

Each year, the United Nations Climate Change Conference brings together stakeholders from around the world to accelerate action on climate change—from negotiators and politicians to business leaders and climate activists. With last year’s conference postponed due to COVID-19 and the climate crisis looming ever larger, eyes around the world were on this year’s proceedings. With … Continued

Building Towards Climate Solutions with Mass Timber

What comes to mind when you think of wood buildings? For many, thoughts might go to cozy cabins in the woods, homemade backyard sheds and treehouses, or even childhood Lincoln Logs. But for some experts in land management, climate science, permitting, economic development, and architecture, they think of something much bigger: mass timber. Mass timber … Continued

Earth Day in the Time of COVID-19

Earth Day conjures images of people gathering, protesting, celebrating—shining a light on the Earth’s wonder and potential. The urgent need for action. Human connection and responsibility. The 50th anniversary of Earth Day against the backdrop of the coronavirus is surreal and worrying. Today the skies are a bit cleaner as a result of the pandemic, … Continued

Disappointment and lessons from COP25

The 25th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN climate treaty, or COP25, wrapped up almost two days behind schedule in Madrid this month. This COP was critical: little time remains to achieve the significant decarbonization needed to keep the world below a 1.5ºC target. Many hoped the conference would lead to … Continued

Meridian Takes #ClimateWeekNYC

Last week, Meridian traveled to the Big Apple for #ClimateWeekNYC. Leaders from across the globe came together to drive progress on critical climate issues around the UN General Assembly and the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit. It was an inspiring, busy, and thought-provoking week: over the course of five days, 13 Meridian staff brought … Continued