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Sweet Nothings: Deforestation Remains High across Ghana & Côte d’Ivoire

In February 2022, Mighty Earth published our Sweet Nothings report in which we highlighted the unfulfilled promises of cocoa buyers and chocolate companies to halt cocoa-driven deforestation in West Africa and beyond. Our investigation uncovered evidence of ongoing tropical forest destruction in the key cocoa-growing regions of both Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. 

 One year on, we’ve taken another look at the satellite data and, sadly, the overall picture has not improved. Deforestation across Côte d'Ivoire & Ghana’s cocoa growing regions in 2022 remained stubbornly high. RADD alerts — radar alerts that highlight forest loss in near-real time — picked up over 8,000 hectares (ha) of forest disturbance in Côte d'Ivoire, the most since 2019. In Ghana, RADD alerts highlighted over 12,000 ha of disturbance, similar to the amount of forest lost in 2021.  

This is concerning as it has now been several years since the cocoa industry committed to take action on deforestation. At the November 2017 UN Climate Change Conference, the governments of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana – along with cocoa traders and leading chocolate manufacturers (including Nestlé, Hershey’s, Mondelez, Unilever, and Mars) – signed the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI) Framework for Action. This was followed in early 2019 by the publication of detailed action plans, raising hopes that companies across the cocoa supply chain would take decisive measures to end deforestation caused by the expansion of cocoa plantations in West Africa and work to rehabilitate degraded ecosystems.   

 Unfortunately, the evidence suggests that companies and governments have failed to make progress since this time. In Cote d’Ivoire, tree cover loss in cocoa growing regions has steadily increased from 5,500 ha in 2019 to 8,400 ha in 2022.  In Ghana, the trend is less consistent, but just as dire. Tree cover loss in cocoa growing regions has averaged ~12,000 ha since 2019, with ~12,350 ha in 2022.  

This is particularly concerning as Ghana is estimated to have lost 65% of its forest cover over the past thirty years, while Côte d’Ivoire has lost as much as 90% of its forests over a similar period.  With a 2018 estimate showing just ~1,007,000 ha of primary humid tropical forest remaining in Ghanaian cocoa growing regions, and 1,035,000 ha in Côte d'Ivoire, these losses are very significant: 4.7% of remaining forests have been lost in Ghana over the past four years, and 2.6% in Cote d’Ivoire.  


Source: Analysis (in Google Earth Engine) based on data from Wageningen University, in collaboration with World Resources Institute‘s Global Forest Watch program, Google, European Space Agency, University of Maryland and Deltares (2020). 

Furthermore, estimates of forest loss based on RADD alerts are likely quite conservative, as they monitor a  tropical forest basemap that only includes dense, humid tropical forests. IMAGES, the ‘official’ platform for forest monitoring adopted by both the CFI and Ivorian government paints an even scarier picture as the platform monitors more forest coverage than RADD: data from the IMAGES platform shows that more than 54,000 ha disturbance alerts were detected in Côte d'Ivoire’s cocoa growing regions in 2022, higher than both 2020 & 2021. 

 Source: Data from the IMAGES Platform's Early Warning System, licensed by Vivid Economics & co-financed by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP).

 With new legislation soon banning the sale of agricultural products linked to deforestation on EU markets, companies and governments in West Africa now have no choice but to take seriously their previous commitments to protect forests in cocoa growing regions. Mighty Earth once again calls upon the CFI and its members to adopt a publicly available deforestation monitoring system, publish supply chain information related to cocoa sourcing, support sustainable cocoa-growing practices, and actively work to rehabilitate degraded forest landscapes. 

For more information on our data and calculations, please rexplore Mighty Earth’s Cocoa Accountability Maps for Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana or reach out to [email protected]


Vice President, Programs

Vice President of Programs

Mighty Earth is accepting applications to join our team as Vice President of Programs, a critical leadership role on our “Dream Team.” In this position, you will drive the strategic direction of our campaigns for Nature and climate at one of the most effective environmental advocacy organizations in the world.  You will oversee talented senior leaders of programs to protect the Amazon and other rainforests, transform the global meat industry, shift to regenerative agriculture, and decarbonize industry in ways that advance the rights of Indigenous and local communities.  You will also help develop new programmatic initiatives with outsized potential to protect Earth and its inhabitants, such as work on rewilding and the finance sector. 

Who we are: 

Mighty Earth (www.mightyearth.org) is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet.  Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish.  We are obsessed with impact and aspire to be the most effective environmental advocacy organization in the world.

We have played a leading role in developing and deploying campaigns that have:

  • Driven a 90% decline in deforestation for palm oil, rubber, and other commodities
  • Banned European imports of commodities linked to deforestation
  • Helped spark decarbonization in the steel and aluminum industries
  • Ended financing for and shut down dangerous new coal plants in Asia
  • Secured stronger rights for Indigenous and local communities affected by industrial agriculture
  • Won major new investments in protecting highly biodiverse landscapes
  • Shifted energy policies away from fossil fuels towards clean energy

Read more about our approach and our campaign in the following resources; 

Fomenting a “Perfect Storm” to push companies to change (Mongabay). 

How Pressuring Corporations Can Save the Amazon from Destruction (Yale Environment 360) 

 

As Mighty Earth’s Vice President for Programs, your responsibilities will include:

Leadership and Management

  • Managing Mighty Earth’s campaign leaders
  • Working with the Senior Directors for Communications, Finance, and Development on operational, and programmatic priorities
  • Working closely with the organization’s leadership (as a member of the Senior Leadership team) to build a culture that is obsessed with impact, fun, supportive, collaborative, and committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ).

Campaign Strategy 

  • Working with campaign leaders to develop and update multi-year strategic and tactical plans;
  • Supporting campaign leaders to develop budgets that align with programmatic and organizational priorities and responsibilities;
  • Guiding Mighty Earth’s campaigns in major decisions, planning, communication, and advocacy, and bringing in the CEO and Deputy Director as needed;
  • Working with the Senior Director of Communications, to coordinate Mighty Earth’s digital campaigning, communications, and research to advance programmatic and organizational strategy and goals;

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a representative and spokesperson for Mighty Earth in meetings with strategic partners, corporate targets, and/or philanthropic supporters as needed;
  • Supporting organizational, strategic, and project planning;
  • Supporting the CEO in Board-level planning;
  • Supporting the CEO and playing a role in fundraising and development as needed.

 

Who you are:

Required qualifications:

  • You have a minimum of 8 years of experience, including experience working in advocacy or social change
  • You have experience recruiting, training, and managing senior staff. 
  • You have experience developing and deploying detailed strategic and tactical plans. 
  • You are deeply committed to protecting the environment and advancing a more just society
  • You are a strong writer and verbal communicator and can distill complicated information into fluent and accessible prose.
  • You have a commitment to and experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds.
  • You are excited about working in an entrepreneurial, dynamic environment where changes in politics, economics, or other factors requires
  • You are comfortable working with various internal and external stakeholders and can network and work in coalitions across diverse constituencies. You are comfortable working with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • English fluency is required. 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Additional language skills, including Portuguese, Spanish, French, German or Chinese a plus, but not essential. 
  • You have experience in markets campaigning or influencing company executives.
  • Expertise in deforestation, agriculture, or industry decarbonization a plus, but not required. We are open to candidates with experience in other issue areas such as human rights, politics, democracy, or racial justice.
  • Familiarity with and connections in Latin America, Africa, Asia, or Europe is a plus, but not required. 

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds including people with background in non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more. 

Approach and Culture:  Consistent with our obsession with impact, Mighty Earth is results-focused, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and nimble – and we seek candidates who are excited to work in that culture. While remaining true to our public interest mission and commitment to movement-building, we’ve sought to apply the best of business to our organization. A resource that has informed our approach to culture is the book No Rules Rules and the famous Netflix culture deck

Details: This is a full-time position with a preference for candidates based in Washington, DC. We are open to candidates based in other U.S. locations, with a preference for eastern time zone locations. The position involves international travel. You will report to our CEO and work closely with our Deputy Director.

To apply: Please submit your application as soon as possible. Please include a thoughtful cover letter which speaks to our mission, demonstrates your writing abilities, and let us know where you heard about the job. The position will remain posted until it is filled. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact Jeanne-Marie Leroux at [email protected]. Applications should be submitted through our application link and not sent to this email.

Interview process: Our interview process involves a phone interview, two video interviews, a candidate exercise, and reference calls for candidates advancing in our process.

Compensation and benefits: The hiring salary range for this position is $125K - $160K, depending on experience. We have a generous benefits package including group health insurance, dental benefits, unlimited vacation time, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan.

 

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please click here to apply.


Director, Auto Decarbonization Campaign

Auto Decarbonization Campaign Director

Mighty Earth, a global environmental campaign organization, is accepting applications for a US-based Auto Decarbonization Director. The Campaign Director will work with the Senior Director of the Decarbonization Campaign to establish systems and strategies to engage U.S.-based auto companies and develop Mighty Earth’s college organizing campaign. The Campaign Director will be responsible for managing, implementing, and executing the field program objectives across the U.S. Some travel is required.

Our campaign aims to decarbonize and end human rights abuses in the auto supply chain. The automotive industry is critical to achieving net-zero global emissions by 2050. As auto producers move to electric vehicles, by 2040 materials used for production will account for 60 percent of life-cycle emissions. This means in addition to going electric the auto industry must shift material supply chains to include green aluminum and steel, deforestation-free and sustainable leather, rubber, and other materials to be truly carbon neutral.

If you are passionate about Nature and climate change and want to transform the automotive industry to create a decarbonized global supply chain free of human rights abuses, please apply.

Who we are: Mighty Earth Never Impossible

Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. We are obsessed with impact: Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish. We aspire to be the most effective environmental organization in the world.

Through our proven “perfect storm” model of driving change, we have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to act against deforestation land-grabbing, and human rights abuse, and driven the adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. We work to support Indigenous communities, communities of color, and low-income communities through these efforts.

Read more about our approach and our campaign in the following resources;

Fomenting a “Perfect Storm” to push companies to change (Mongabay).

How Pressuring Corporations Can Save the Amazon from Destruction (Yale Environment 360)

The zero-carbon car: Abating material emissions is next on the agenda (McKinsey)

Background on the position: 

The automotive industry is responsible for 9% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually and is a major consumer of materials that contribute the most to global emissions. High-carbon materials in vehicles like steel and aluminum account for 8% and 2% of global annual emissions respectively. The auto sector consumes 12% of global steel and 18% of global aluminum annually. As a major emitter of GHGs and consumer of high-carbon materials, decarbonizing the automotive industry supply chain is critical to the transition to a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable future.

As the national Automotive Decarbonization Campaign Director, you will build and lead our auto campaign organizing and coordination. Your work will build campaigns that persuade corporations, financial institutions, and government officials to implement strong environmental and human rights policies.  

Responsibilities:

  • Play a critical role in Mighty Earth’s campaign to transform the auto industry to decarbonize and end human rights abuses in their material supply chains with a focus on steel and aluminum. 
  • Oversee organizing efforts, including the college organizing program and managing the Auto Campaign Organizing Director and Michigan Organizing Director.
  • Conduct industry research and develop campaign materials, work plans and accountability systems for the implementation of organizing plans.
  • Develop and implement effective plans and strategies to achieve campaign goals, integrating communications, online communication, and field and grassroots activities into a highly strategic campaign.
  • Engage with senior executives and government officials.
  • Build relationships with civil society organizations and other key constituencies in Michigan and other areas in the US.
  • Recruit volunteers and develop leaders to build the campaign across the US.
  • Organize campaign actions and press events. 
  • Generate media attention through report releases, events, press conferences in key media markets, through a strategic media plan and building relationships with journalists. 
  • Work on additional Mighty Earth campaigns as needed.

 

Who you are:

Required qualifications:

  • You have a minimum of 7 years of experience, with a background in issue advocacy campaigning or grassroots organizing.
  • You are passionate about protecting the environment and advancing a more just society. 
  • You have experience developing and implementing campaign strategy and detailed plans, communicating with corporate executives and/or elected officials, and figuring out how to move decision-makers. 
  • You are comfortable operating in highly dynamic environments where changes in politics, economics, and other external events regularly create opportunities and challenges on a regular basis
  • You are comfortable working with various internal and external stakeholders and can network and build coalitions across diverse constituencies.
  • You are a strong writer and can take complex information to distill into understandable products such as press releases, reports, and letters.
  • You have an international orientation. You have experience with and are committed to working with people from a variety of backgrounds, including different ethnic, racial, sexual, and religious communities. 

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in the automotive, heavy industry decarbonization or environmental issues is a plus, but not required.

Details: This is a full-time position and candidates can be based in the US, preferably the DC region. The position involves some domestic travel. You will report to our Senior Director for the Decarbonization Campaign and will work with other team members around the world.

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds including people with a background in non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

Approach and Culture: Consistent with our obsession with impact, Mighty Earth is results-focused, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and nimble – and we seek candidates who are excited to work in that culture. While remaining true to our public interest mission and commitment to movement-building, we’ve sought to apply the best of business to our organization. A resource that has informed our approach to culture is the book No Rules Rules and the famous Netflix culture deck.

Application Deadline: Please submit your application as soon as possible. Please click on the apply button below and include a thoughtful cover letter which speaks to our mission and demonstrates your writing abilities and also let us know where you heard about the job. The position will remain posted until it is filled. 

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact Jeanne Marie Leroux at [email protected]

Compensation: This is a full-time role. The annual pay range is $90K to $110.

 

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please click here to apply.


Press Secretary

Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. We are obsessed with impact: Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish. We aspire to be the most effective environmental organization in the world. 

Through our proven “perfect storm” model of driving change, we have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to act against deforestation land-grabbing, human rights abuse, and driven the adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy.  

Read more about our approach and our campaign in the following resources; 

Fomenting a “Perfect Storm” to push companies to change (Mongabay). 

How Pressuring Corporations Can Save the Amazon from Destruction (Yale Environment 360) 

About the Position 

Outstanding strategic communications have been and will continue to be at the center of Mighty Earth’s success and identity. We are a communications-forward organization, and we take pride in that. While the role is broader than just media relations, that has always been an area where we have excelled, and we are looking to build on and extend that strength while cultivating a comprehensive approach to communications. 

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Media Relations: Cultivating and managing relationships with domestic and international reporters. We have built a global network of media connections and attention by driving domestic and international media coverage in the areas we work. 
  • Social Media: Developing and implementing social media content, including digital toolkits and short explainer videos, to support our campaigns, promote Mighty Earth as a thought leader, and communicate with key stakeholder groups.  You will also coordinate with the Digital Team to support content for the website. 
  • Writing & Editing: Writing and editing a variety of communications materials, both internal and external, including press releases, reporter pitches, blog posts, talking points and campaign media plans. You will work with Campaign Directors to guide the design and production of collateral materials and multimedia assets, including reports, videos, infographics, leave-behinds and live event props and related materials.
  • Communications Planning & Message Development: Support the development of comprehensive and strategic campaign communications plans and messaging, as well as creative communications tactics around campaign launches, report releases, and campaign branding/positioning. You will play a key role in identifying and responding to media opportunities and preparing the organization to react quickly to global events. You will also assist Campaign Directors with planning and executing live events as appropriate, such as grassroots actions and social media events.  
  • Organization Building: Developing and implementing internal communications and marketing plans to help grow the organization. You will assist in the implementation of new systems and standards for communication programs. You will also engage in media and marketing efforts to help build the firm’s brand and reach. 
  • Organizational Communications.  Participate in the writing of fundraising and organizational materials and assist program teams with content development and organizational consistency. 

Who You Are: 

Required qualifications: 

  • You have 3+ years of experience in media relations and communications strategy, with a preference for communications experience at a public affairs/PR agency or nonprofit. 
  • You have excitement for cultivating and managing relationships with reporters in the U.S. and internationally.
  • You have experience with social media and how to use it to build name recognition and organizational interest. 
  • You have a background or interest in the U.S. and global environmental, climate, energy issues, and social justice issues. 
  • You have an ability to get up to speed quickly on complex issues and manage multiple simultaneous projects with many moving pieces. You have a facility for synthesizing complex topics into engaging and creative communications. 
  • You have grit and resilience.  You drive projects to completion and accomplish your goals but are also able to pivot easily to address an emergent issue or seize an opportunity. 
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • You can work well in a team setting; you know how to collaborate and also when to work independently. You are a good listener who connects with people; you know how to “manage up” across working and management styles, you have the humility to communicate effectively cross-culturally.
  • You pay strong attention to detail.  

Preferred qualifications: 

  • You have experience working on environmental issues and campaigns. 
  • You speak Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese or another language in addition to English. 
  • You have an international orientation and ideally, have experience working with international campaign teams and colleagues. 
  • You have existing relationships with U.S. and international media 
  • You have experience with brand development, internal communications, and the production of marketing materials. 
  • You have a bachelor’s degree in a related field. 

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds including people with backgrounds in non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more. 

Approach and Culture: 

Consistent with our obsession with impact, Mighty Earth is results-focused, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and nimble – and we seek candidates who are excited to work in that culture. While remaining true to our public interest mission and commitment to movement-building, we’ve sought to apply the best of business to our organization. A resource that has informed our approach to culture is the book No Rules Rules and the famous Netflix culture deck

Details:
This is a full-time position. A candidate based in Washington, DC is preferred, other locations will be considered. You will report to our Senior Director of Communications. 

Application Deadline:
Please submit your application as soon as possible. Please include a thoughtful cover letter which speaks to our mission and demonstrates your writing abilities and also let us know where you heard about the job.  

Compensation and benefits: This is a full-time role. The annual pay range is $76-$95,000 with exact pay depending on experience. If you require reasonable accommodations in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact [email protected] 

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.


Associate, Heavy Industry Decarbonization Campaign

Decarbonization Campaign Associate

Mighty Earth, a global environmental campaign organization, is accepting applications for a US-based Decarbonization Campaign. The Associate works to support the Senior Director of Decarbonization and the Auto Campaign Director in implementing campaign strategies and digital campaigns to support the initiatives of Mighty Earth’s organizing campaigns in targeted states and regions in the United States. The Associate will work with the Senior Director of the Decarbonization Campaign to establish systems and strategies to engage U.S.-based auto companies and develop Mighty Earth’s college organizing campaign.

Our campaign aims to decarbonize and end human rights abuses in the auto supply chain. The automotive industry is critical to achieving net-zero global emissions by 2050. As auto producers move to electric vehicles, by 2040, materials used for production will account for 60 percent of life-cycle emissions. This means in addition to going electric, the auto industry must shift material supply chains to include green aluminum and steel, deforestation-free and sustainable leather, rubber, and other materials to be truly carbon neutral.

If you are passionate about Nature and climate change and want to transform the automotive industry to create a decarbonized global supply chain free of human rights abuses, please apply.

Who we are: Mighty Earth Never Impossible

Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. We are obsessed with impact: Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish. We aspire to be the most effective environmental organization in the world.

Through our proven “perfect storm” model of driving change, we have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to act against deforestation land-grabbing, and human rights abuse, and driven the adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. We work to support Indigenous communities, communities of color, and low-income communities through these efforts.

Read more about our approach and our campaign in the following resources;

Fomenting a “Perfect Storm” to push companies to change (Mongabay).

How Pressuring Corporations Can Save the Amazon from Destruction (Yale Environment 360)

The zero-carbon car: Abating material emissions is next on the agenda (McKinsey) 

 

Background on the position: 

The automotive industry is responsible for 9% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually and is a major consumer of materials that contribute the most to global emissions. High-carbon materials in vehicles like steel and aluminum account for 8% and 2% of global annual emissions, respectively. The auto sector consumes 12% of global steel and 18% of global aluminum annually. As a major emitter of GHGs and consumer of high-carbon materials, decarbonizing the automotive industry supply chain is critical to the transition to a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable future.

As the decarbonization associate, you will work with the Senior Director for the Decarbonization Campaign and other campaign staff to expand campaign capacity and support campaign activities. Your work will build campaigns that persuade corporations, financial institutions, and government officials to implement strong environmental and human rights policies.  

Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to the Senior Director for the Decarbonization Campaign and assist with organizing and scheduling appointments and coalition meetings.
  • Support the Decarbonization Campaign Team, assisting with campaign initiatives, g Mighty Earth’s college organizing program, and campaign activities.
  • Prepare organizing materials, issue updates, action alerts, and media materials needed to implement issue campaigns in coordination with Senior Director and the decarb organizing team.
  • Work with Senior Director and campaign team to maintain a calendar and track campaign events, think tank briefings, organizational meetings  and events, industry events, congressional hearings, and other outside events of interest to the decarbonization team 
  • Design and post social media ads and graphics, including memes, short videos, and infographics.
  • Conduct directed research and summarize findings.
  • Provide support for protests, events, and media opportunities including recruiting allies, and speakers, coordinating preparations of signs/banners, major mailings, logistics, and more.
  • Maintain a national database of activists, organizations, and key contacts.

Who you are:

Required qualifications:

  • You have a college degree
  • You have some organizing training (Green Corps, Center for Third World Organizing, Midwest Academy, etc.).
  • You have at least two years of organizing, strategic advocacy, and/or electoral experience at the state, national or international level.
  • You have some experience with social media, video production, online organizing, or communications experience.
  • You are passionate about protecting the environment and advancing a more just society. 
  • You are comfortable operating in highly dynamic environments where changes in politics, economics, and other external events regularly create opportunities and challenges on a regular basis.
  • You are a strong writer and can take complex information to distill it into understandable products such as press releases, reports, and letters.
  • You have an international orientation. You have experience with and are committed to working with people from various backgrounds, including different ethnic, racial, sexual, and religious communities. 

 Skills: Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Excellent editing and copyediting skills, including excellent facility with English grammar and syntax.  Highly proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Design skills are a plus. Familiar with databases; familiar with basic office equipment.

Details: This is a full-time position, and candidates should be based in the US, preferably in the DC region. The position involves some domestic travel. You will report to our Senior Director for the Decarbonization Campaign and will work with other team members around the world.

More about our team: Mighty Earth is made up of people from various backgrounds including people with a background in non-profit organizations, election campaigns, government, the private sector, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

Approach and Culture:

Consistent with our obsession with impact, Mighty Earth is results-focused, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and nimble – and we seek candidates who are excited to work in that culture. While remaining true to our public interest mission and commitment to movement-building, we’ve sought to apply the best of business to our organization. A resource that has informed our approach to culture is the book No Rules Rules and the famous Netflix culture deck.

Application Deadline: Please submit your application as soon as possible. Please click on the apply button below and include a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to our mission and demonstrates your writing abilities also, let us know where you heard about the job. The position will remain posted until it is filled.

Compensation: This is a full-time role. The annual pay range is $50K to $65. If you require a reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact Matthew Groch at [email protected](dot)org.

Mighty Earth is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, and any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please click here to apply.


Sustainability initiatives will fail until companies pay more for cocoa warns new report co-published by Mighty Earth

Sustainability initiatives will fail until companies pay more for cocoa warns new report co-published by Mighty Earth

Endemic sustainability issues within global cocoa supply chains, including child labour and deforestation, will continue unless efforts are coupled with the payment of a higher farmgate price for cocoa, according to the 2022 Cocoa Barometer.  

 The report finds that a combination of public policies, private sector purchasing practices, and agricultural solutions are needed. 

 The Barometer – developed by the VOICE Network of civil society organizations, of which Mighty Earth is a member – shows that there remains a wide range of problems facing families in cocoa communities, including child labour; gender inequality; (infant) malnutrition; lack of access to education; insufficient health care facilities and sanitation; and a variety of labour rights violations for smallholders, workers, and tenants. Environmental issues such as deforestation and climate change remain a growing concern. 

 Without a significant increase in earnings, cocoa farmers will be burdened with the responsibility for addressing this range of issues without the means or incentives to do so. As such, environmental and social harms such as deforestation and child labour are likely to continue in the world’s major cocoa producing countries Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.  

 Dr Julian Oram, Senior Director at Mighty Earth, said:   

 “Commodity traders and chocolate companies talk a good talk about wanting to protect forests and tackle social problems such as child labour that continue to plague the cocoa industry. But ultimately, they need to put their money where their mouth is by paying farmers more so they can earn a living income for growing cocoa sustainably”. 

 Top-down national and international government strategies aimed at increasing cocoa production to address poverty tend to support the chocolate industry while failing to address these issues. Additionally, the cost-of-living crisis is putting further pressure on farmers in West Africa. 

 Yao Kouame Martia, of the cocoa cooperative ECAM, in the south-west of Côte d’Ivoire, said: 

“In the past, after selling my cocoa beans, I used to plan my expenses and charges for my household, but this is becoming very difficult now. Prices of products are far beyond my provisions. I have children to care about and I‘m struggling to pay their school fees”. 

 Other Measures Ineffective in Isolation 

 New data and models launched with this Barometer confirm that development measures aimed at increasing productivity and diversification will be ultimately ineffective without real efforts to close the living income gap through higher farmgate prices. Likewise, development programmes alone are incapable of reducing deforestation, the use of hazardous pesticides or entrenching the long-term adoption of good agricultural practices. 

 Despite this evidence, most cocoa-purchasing companies continue to operate business as usual, supporting development programmes while refusing to directly address their own purchasing practices – including pricing.  

 Hayford Duodu, a cocoa farmer in Ghana, said:  

 “The one thing that affects us farmers is the pricing of cocoa beans. In fact, pricing is a disincentive to cocoa farmers”. 

 According to the VOICE Network, raising productivity or increasing farm size will never work in isolation to address the myriad of problems in the global cocoa supply chain. 

 Antonie Foundation, Director of the VOICE network said:   

 “Paying a higher price is inevitable if the living income gap is to be closed. Interventions such as the Ivorian-Ghanaian Living Income Differential are necessary first steps, but companies need to go far beyond that to ensure the farmgate price goes up.” 

 The Barometer suggests that colonial-era dynamics in cocoa supply chains, which saw vast wealth extracted from cocoa producing regions, continue to influence corporate and political attitudes to the problem, with the wealth generated in consuming countries through cocoa, still dwarfing investments in development programmes. To address this imbalance, autonomous farmer organizations such as cooperatives need to be strengthened and supported by national and local government initiatives in producing countries. 

 

Action Needed on Three Fronts 

 The Barometer concludes that, in order for living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers, action is needed on three separate fronts: good governance policies by public bodies; good purchasing practices by the private sector; and good agricultural practices by farmers.  

For the past two decades, however, almost all of the cocoa sector efforts have been focused on farmers themselves, sidestepping the necessary changes in government policy and purchasing practices needed to tackle sustainability issues. 

 

In this context, recent efforts by the EU to establish ‘due diligence’ directives aimed at curbing environmental and social harms in global supply chains, including cocoa, are a welcome first step towards creating a more transparent supply chain. This is essential for keeping companies accountable for their purchasing practices. Ultimately even these positive policy developments will come to nothing if companies do not take action soon: they need to pay a higher price. 

 To read the full Barometer, or see the full list of recommendations for governments, corporations and farmers, see:  https://cocoabarometer.org/en/ 

 ABOUT THE COCOA BAROMETER  

The Cocoa Barometer is published biennially by a global consortium of civil society actors:  ABVV/Horval, Action against Child Exploitation (ACE), Be Slavery Free, EcoCare, European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), Fair World Project, Fern, Freedom United, Green America, IDEF, Inades Formation, INKOTA-netzwerk, Global Labor Justice/International Labor Rights Forum, Mighty Earth, Oxfam America, Oxfam Belgium, Oxfam Ghana, Oxfam Novib, Public Eye, Rikolto, Roscidet, SEND Ghana, Solidaridad, Südwind Institut, Tropenbos International, Tropenbos Ghana, WWF France. 

 

For free to publish photos and infographics from the report, please use this link 


Mighty Earth welcomes landmark agreement on new European law to ban deforestation

Mighty Earth welcomes landmark agreement on new European law to ban deforestation   

It follows years of intense lobbying of policymakers by a coalition of civil society groups to strengthen the proposed legislation 

EU policy makers agreed a landmark new zero-deforestation law that will ban agricultural goods linked to deforestation and forest degradation from being sold in EU markets. The EU is the world’s second largest importer of agricultural products, after China. The deal was struck as government leaders begin to gather for the start of the crucial UN Biodiversity Conference COP15 meetings in Montreal in Canada. 

Reacting to the EU Deforestation Regulation agreement, Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz said: 

“This legislation is a gamechanger for the world's forests. For the first time, European governments are telling companies selling agricultural goods: ‘If you or your suppliers destroy forests, you can’t sell your products here’.” With this law, Europe is putting real action for wildlife on the table, too, in advance of the Montreal Biodiversity COP.”    

“Big ag companies will finally have to stop talking about how much they love forests, and start doing something for forests.” 

“With more than 125 million hectares of previously deforested land across the tropics where agriculture can be expanded without threatening native ecosystems, compliance should not be a challenge for responsible actors.” 

“There are some dangerous gaps in this new EU anti-deforestation legislation, including its failure to immediately protect carbon-rich peatlands and biodiverse savannas and to ensure full protection for Indigenous people. If EU policymakers don’t want the legislation to create a perverse incentive for big ag companies to just drive their bulldozers from the Amazon rainforest to the Cerrado savanna, they’re going to have to act quickly to close these loopholes.”   

“To fully safeguard the future of our forests, we also need the rest of the world to act. If the United States, UK, China, and Japan follow Europe, then nearly 75% of the world's imported deforestation could be eliminated within a few years.”    

The EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) targets cattle, cocoa, coffee, palm oil, rubber, soy, and wood (including charcoal & printed paper); preventing any goods derived from these commodities from being sold in the EU if they contributed to deforestation after December 31, 2020.  

Mighty Earth and its CSO allies in the 200+ strong Together4Forests coalition had also been pushing hard to ensure that agricultural products imported into the EU are produced in accordance with international human rights standards, including with regards to the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). FPIC is an internationally recognised tool to ensure that any development in areas occupied by people with customary land rights cannot take place without those peoples’ explicit and prior consent. During the final negotiations, references to FPIC were added to the law, as were risk mitigation provisions relating to the consultation of Indigenous people regarding claims to their territories. 

The law also allows third parties affected by companies responsible for deforestation to make claims for access to justice in the EU; and creates penalties for breaches of the law including heavy fines, confiscation of products, 'shame listing’ violators, and temporary bans on companies selling in the EU. 

Despite its ground-breaking nature, though, Mighty Earth is concerned about several weaknesses within the law. The provisions on human rights do not reference international standards, relying instead on national laws. Additionally, key commodities with deforestation impacts – including maize, cashew, and meats such as pork and chicken – are not covered by the regulation as it stands.  

Other threatened ecosystems such as grasslands, wetlands, and peatlands are also not protected. Mighty Earth is also concerned that the law will not come into force until July 2024 and is disappointed that EU policymakers neglected to put due diligence obligations on banks and investors that finance large commodity producers and buyers. 


Mighty Earth launches new interactive map to track cocoa-driven deforestation in Ghana

Mighty Earth launches new interactive map to track cocoa-driven deforestation in Ghana 

Forest loss in the West African country remains high despite government and industry pledges to reduce it 

Link to map here 

The launch of Mighty Earth’s new Cocoa Accountability Map for Ghana comes as the organisation reveals forest loss in the country remains stubbornly high, despite pledges by the Ghanian government and the chocolate industry to reduce cocoa-driven carbon emissions and forest loss.  

Latest figures show 10,550 hectares of deforestation this year within cocoa-growing regions, with 8,188 hectares of this clearance occurring within forest reserves. It is likely that much of this clearance has been for cocoa plot expansion. 

Mighty Earth has been working with RADD (Radar for Detecting Deforestation) forest-alert data from 2019 onwards to identify areas of recent land clearance across Ghana, which has lost more than 2.5 million hectares (33.7%) of its forest since the early 1990s.1 The open-source map for the Ghanaian cocoa industry consolidates data layers to provide greater transparency around deforestation linked to cocoa industry supply chains. The initiative provides visibility to cocoa cooperatives, with data released by Whittaker, Barry Callebaut, Olam, Blommer, Ecom, Ferrero, Hershey, Mars, Nestle, and Tony’s Chocolonely.2  

Dr Julian Oram, Senior Director for Africa at Mighty Earth said:  

“It is possible to prevent cocoa from deforested areas ending up in chocolate products, but two things need to happen. Firstly, small scale farmers, which are the bedrock of the industry, need to be properly remunerated, creating a disincentive to farm in forest reserves, or protected areas. Secondly, we need effective monitoring, which is where our Ghana Cocoa Accountability Map comes in. Our aim is for farmers, cocoa companies, NGOs, and governmental organizations to work together to end deforestation in supply chains and meet commitments for full traceability from farm gate to chocolate product.” 

The new interactive map highlights deforestation hotspots, including those within protected areas and forest reserves, and shows their proximity to Licensed Buying Companies (LBCs) 3 supplying major cocoa traders and chocolate companies.  

Sam Mawutor, Senior Advisor, Ghana at Mighty Earth said:  

The cocoa beans' journey from farm to the first point of purchase is still the hardest to track and this is where beans from deforested areas can be mixed with those grown on legally cultivated land. The grim reality is that 30 – 40% of cocoa is still untraceable. Some chocolate companies are sitting on that information. Our map can be used to raise deforestation alerts and to hold big business accountable for bad practices. Locally we’re promoting the use of agroforestry approaches, which give value to standing trees and help diversify farmer livelihoods.” 

Training session with local farmers in Accra Tuesday 6 December 

Mighty Earth is training local cocoa farmer cooperatives and Ghana CSO Cocoa Platform members to use the map collaboratively to gain further insight into traceability at local level, beyond the LBC locations published by corporations.4   

Evelyn Aziamati, a cocoa farmer from Adjoobo Okrase in Ghana’s Eastern Region, said:  

“Protecting our livelihoods means addressing deforestation and being aware of what is happening in our local area. Tracking where the threats are can help us to raise the alarm before one hectare of deforestation becomes ten. Keeping our farms going and being able to provide for our families, means growing cocoa sustainably and using standing forests to support our work.” 


Mighty Earth welcomes landmark agreement on new European law to ban deforestation

Mighty Earth welcomes landmark agreement on new European law to ban deforestation   

It follows years of intense lobbying of policymakers by a coalition of civil society groups to strengthen the proposed legislation 

EU policy makers agreed a landmark new zero-deforestation law that will ban agricultural goods linked to deforestation and forest degradation from being sold in EU markets. The EU is the world’s second largest importer of agricultural products, after China. The deal was struck as government leaders begin to gather for the start of the crucial UN Biodiversity Conference COP15 meetings in Montreal in Canada. 

Reacting to the EU Deforestation Regulation agreement, Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz said: 

“This legislation is a gamechanger for the world's forests. For the first time, European governments are telling companies selling agricultural goods: ‘If you or your suppliers destroy forests, you can’t sell your products here’.” With this law, Europe is putting real action for wildlife on the table, too, in advance of the Montreal Biodiversity COP.”    

“Big ag companies will finally have to stop talking about how much they love forests, and start doing something for forests.” 

“With more than 125 million hectares of previously deforested land across the tropics where agriculture can be expanded without threatening native ecosystems, compliance should not be a challenge for responsible actors.” 

“There are some dangerous gaps in this new EU anti-deforestation legislation, including its failure to immediately protect carbon-rich peatlands and biodiverse savannas and to ensure full protection for Indigenous people. If EU policymakers don’t want the legislation to create a perverse incentive for big ag companies to just drive their bulldozers from the Amazon rainforest to the Cerrado savanna, they’re going to have to act quickly to close these loopholes.”   

“To fully safeguard the future of our forests, we also need the rest of the world to act. If the United States, UK, China, and Japan follow Europe, then nearly 75% of the world's imported deforestation could be eliminated within a few years.”    

The EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) targets cattle, cocoa, coffee, palm oil, rubber, soy, and wood (including charcoal & printed paper); preventing any goods derived from these commodities from being sold in the EU if they contributed to deforestation after December 31, 2020.  

Mighty Earth and its CSO allies in the 200+ strong Together4Forests coalition had also been pushing hard to ensure that agricultural products imported into the EU are produced in accordance with international human rights standards, including with regards to the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). FPIC is an internationally recognised tool to ensure that any development in areas occupied by people with customary land rights cannot take place without those peoples’ explicit and prior consent. During the final negotiations, references to FPIC were added to the law, as were risk mitigation provisions relating to the consultation of Indigenous people regarding claims to their territories. 

The law also allows third parties affected by companies responsible for deforestation to make claims for access to justice in the EU; and creates penalties for breaches of the law including heavy fines, confiscation of products, 'shame listing’ violators, and temporary bans on companies selling in the EU. 

Despite its ground-breaking nature, though, Mighty Earth is concerned about several weaknesses within the law. The provisions on human rights do not reference international standards, relying instead on national laws. Additionally, key commodities with deforestation impacts – including maize, cashew, and meats such as pork and chicken – are not covered by the regulation as it stands.  

Other threatened ecosystems such as grasslands, wetlands, and peatlands are also not protected. Mighty Earth is also concerned that the law will not come into force until July 2024 and is disappointed that EU policymakers neglected to put due diligence obligations on banks and investors that finance large commodity producers and buyers. 


College Climate Organizing Internship

The campaign: 

Mighty Earth is launching a new campaign to transform and decarbonize the auto industry. The transportation sector is responsible for a shocking 24% of world emissions – largely due to cars.

As automobile producers move to electric vehicles, by 2040 materials used for production will account for 60 percent of life-cycle emissions. This means in addition to going electric the auto industry must shift material supply chains to include green aluminum and steel, deforestation-free and sustainable leather, rubber, and other materials to be truly carbon neutral.

As a global leader in the automobile industry, General Motors (GM) is uniquely positioned to set the industry standard for supply chain decarbonization. In 2021 GM announced they plan to be carbon-neutral by 2040 and eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. However, going electric is just the start.

The destruction from GM’s material supply chain spans almost all continents. In Guinea, mining for bauxite – the key ingredient used to make the aluminum in car bodies – is driving rampant environmental destruction on Indigenous territories. Meanwhile, in China, the dirty coal-fired smelters producing GM’s aluminum are run by the forced labor of Uyghurs, the ethnic Muslim minority persecuted by the Chinese government. 

This past April, GM announced the EcoCar EV Challenge partnering with 15 North American universities to develop the EV car of the future. Mighty Earth is looking to hire college organizers on these campuses for our campaign to tell GM to cut the carbon and the human rights abuses in their supply chain. 

Who you are: 

We are looking to hire paid intern organizers at universities participating in the EcoCar EV Challenge including:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/ Bethune-Cookman University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology

Mississippi State University

The Ohio State University / Wilberforce University

University of Alabama

University of California, Riverside

University of California, Davis

University of Texas at Austin

Virginia Tech

West Virginia University

 We are looking for candidates who: 

  • Are outgoing
  • Enjoy planning public actions and events (or are excited to learn how)
  • Are passionate about climate change, the environment and human rights
  • Are self-starters who take initiative and get things done

Scope of work: 

  • Represent Mighty Earth on your campus and to students and clubs
  • Plan and execute creative public actions to pressure auto companies to decarbonize
  • Drive turnout of students to events
  • Gather large numbers of petition signatures on campus
  • Apply pressure on auto companies by generating phone calls, letters, and social media posts aimed at them
  • Execute a plan to build a large group of engaged and excited students who are ready to mobilize and act
  • Generate media attention through op-eds, letters to the editor, and talking to reporters

Compensation: 

This internship will pay $20 an hour and will require 15-20 hours/week of your time. The position lasts through May 06, 2023. 

To apply:

Please submit a resume to [email protected]. We will fill positions on a rolling basis and aim to hire during December for intern organizers to start in January. Please include 3-4 sentences in the body of your email about why you want to intern for Mighty Earth.

Who we are: 

Founded in 2015, Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish. Mighty Earth achieves transformative change by creating a “perfect storm” of campaigns, communications, and practical engagement with decision-makers to rapidly transform entire industries and government policy. 

We have played a leading role in driving the transformation of whole industries and government policy to stop the destruction of tropical forests, transform agriculture, and drive multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. Through our campaigns, we seek to make significant progress to support impacted people around the world, especially Indigenous communities, communities of color and low-income communities, including by protecting land rights and combatting modern slavery. 


Mighty Earth calls for urgent action from UK retailers & government to end deforestation

Mighty Earth, in collaboration with Think Film Impact Productions, held a special film screening and panel event in London on 24 November. It brought together an audience of leading retailers, including Tesco, Waitrose, M&S and John Lewis, along with civil servants from BEIS (Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy), the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, DEFRA the UN, plus environmental NGOs including Friends of the Earth, Sustain and WWF. The aim of the event was to examine how best to prevent deforestation, linked to the global meat and soy industries, from entering UK supply chains and ending up on supermarket shelves.  

The film screening was preceded by a panel discussion, which included special guest Indigenous leader from the Amazon, Benki Piyako, Will Schreiber of the Retail Soy Group and Maggie Charnley, Head of International Forests Unit at BEIS.  

Speaking during the panel event, Benki Piyako offered a message of hope, saying the election of President Lula offered a new dawn for the Amazon, but said everyone has a role to play:   

We all have a collective responsibility to ensure the resources we are using, the products coming to the UK from the Amazon do not harm nature – and we must all understand the impacts of what we are consuming. Companies must stop taking from the forest and we all must ensure we protect the Amazon, for the sake of all of life on our planet.”          

Will Schreiber of RSG (Retail Soy Group) said: 

“We must use the power, both from retailers and through strong legislation, to hold agricultural companies to account and ensure deforestation is eliminated from our supply chains.” 

Maggie Charnley, Head of the UK Government's International Forests Unit (BEIS-FCDO) 
 
The trader roadmap announcement at COP27 demonstrated collective action by the sector but needs to be implemented and strengthened if we are to halt and reverse the loss of forests and other ecosystems. Strong UK and EU due diligence legislation paired with efforts in Brazilian law must support consumer interests to ensure our supply chains work with local communities and do not drive forest loss.”   

Gemma Hoskins, UK Climate Director at Mighty Earth said:  

Our hope is that by bringing together a wide-ranging collection of actors across the supply chain to see and to feel the impacts and the reality on the ground for those forests’ defenders on the front line of this crucial fight, organisations, Government, and business move our collective agenda forward through specific and urgent action. Suspending business with known forest destroyers is a positive step UK retailers can take immediately to stamp out deforestation from landing on our dinner plates.” 


Michelin moves to keep rubber in EU Deforestation Regulation

Michelin today became the first major company to publicly express support for the inclusion of natural rubber under the forthcoming European Union Deforestation Regulation, which is entering the crucial final week of negotiations.  

The draft Regulation, which will prohibit the sale of agricultural products linked to deforestation in the EU, does not currently include rubber amongst the list of commodities covered. However, the European Parliament is pushing for rubber to be included, whilst individual member states are divided on the issue; leading to a stalemate in the negotiations. 

Crucial to swaying country positions is the opinion of companies that buy and sell rubber products, particularly tire companies, which are by far the largest users of natural rubber. To date, the industry has been lukewarm, with trade association ETRMA (European Tire and Rubber Manufacturers Association) failing to offer a clear position either way. 

Today's announcement by Michelin represents a breakthrough. In their statement, the company writes: 

"Michelin confirm that it supports the inclusion of natural rubber in the list of commodities affected by the regulation on imported deforestation, provided that the traceability’s requirements are adapted to the natural rubber supply chain, which is particularly complex and fragmented". 

The company prefers a district-level approach to traceability, rather than individual farm plot level. 

Responding to the statement, Mighty Earth Senior Director, Dr Julian Oram, commented:" 

“Michelin has shown much-needed leadership by calling for the inclusion of natural rubber within the EU Deforestation Regulation. Other European tire companies like #Pirelli and #Contintental need to do the same and tell EU policymakers that the industry is ready to make legal commitments on zero-deforestation natural rubber supply chains.” 

The final Trialogue discussions between EU member states, the Parliament, and the European Commission are due to take place on Monday December 5, 2022. 


Advertising: Environmental Campaign on UK Retailer

What We Seek:  

Mighty Earth is seeking an agency or independent consultant to develop and implement an approximately £100,000 advertising campaign in the UK focused on creating pressure on a major supermarket chain to 1) cease sourcing meat products linked to deforestation and climate pollution and 2) shift to more sustainable protein.  

About Mighty Earth:  

Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. We are obsessed with impact: Our goal is to protect half of Earth for nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish.  

Through our proven “perfect storm” model of driving change, we have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to act against deforestation, land-grabbing and human rights abuse, and we’ve driven adoption of multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy.  

Context: 

The meat industry is the largest single driver of destruction of rainforests and other ecosystems and causes more pollution than all the world’s cars, trucks, planes, and ships combined. Largely because of the meat industry, only 4% of mammal biomass on the planet are wild animals, a serious imbalance in the planet. At the same time, the meat products served in UK supermarket chains, while frequently marketed as locally or sustainably sourced, are linked to large industrial meat and feed companies that have extensive records of deforestation, land grabs, habitat destruction, human right violations and other irresponsible agricultural practices.  

UK retailers are uniquely positioned to play a large role in driving a shift in the way the world gets its protein because of their position in the global market, often seen as a leader in sustainable practices and a potential trailblazer for much-needed switch to plant-based and alternative protein-based foods. They are key customers for many of the world’s major meat and soy companies and could drive an urgent industry-wide shift to better practices, as well as more sustainable protein sources.  

 Proposal Requirements: 

All proposals should include detailed responses to the following questions: 

  1. Ideas for the campaign. We are especially seeking ideas for paid media that can also drive earned media coverage. 
  2. Suggestions on cost distribution of broadcast, print, and/or digital given the budget. 
  3. Suggestions (and related rationale) for geographic focus for offline activities.  
  4. Experience working on environmental campaigns. 
  5. Examples of your work, including on political, environmental, or social campaigns, and the outcomes/results of the work you have been involved in.  
  6. Timeline and needs. 

Please contact Mighty Earth UK Director Gemma Hoskins ([email protected]) to submit a proposal and with any questions. Please notify Gemma if you are planning to submit a proposal, and we will share more information on specific targets and ensure against conflicts of interest. Proposals must be submitted by November 18, 2022, and we anticipate making a final decision by early December. 

Mighty Earth will evaluate proposals based on the following factors: budgetary feasibility, vendor’s experience and success in similar advertising campaigns, vendor’s knowledge of the target market. 

Offers will be rejected if any illegal or corrupt practices have taken place in connection with the award, and all contracts executed under the project must state that Mighty Earth may terminate the contract if it finds that illegal or corrupt practices have taken place in connection with the contract award or execution. 

Thanks so much for your interest and we look forward to meeting you. 


Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Assessment

We Seek:

Mighty Earth seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) consultant to assist us in analyzing the effectiveness of our programs and organizational operations in achieving our intended outcomes and provide recommendations for maximizing our impact and achievement of specific outcomes.

About Mighty Earth:

Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. We are obsessed with impact: Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish. Through our “perfect storm” model of driving change, we have played a leading role in persuading the world’s largest food and agriculture companies to act against deforestation, land-grabbing, and human rights abuse, driven multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy, and helped catalyze major, and helped catalyze major decarbonization commitments.

Background about Mighty Earth:

Read more about our approach and our campaign in the following resources:
Fomenting a Perfect Storm to push companies to change (Mongabay).
How Pressuring Corporations Can Save the Amazon from Destruction (Yale Environment 360) 

Mighty Earth has made significant progress in our efforts to achieve transformative and systemic change. Mighty Earth uses data and technology to reveal critical threats to Nature, climate, and communities and mobilizes program teams to drive solutions through multifaceted campaigns and policy. Mighty Earth targets CEOs and policymakers with fact-based practical solutions while holding them to account on climate and nature pledges. By deploying global campaigns, Mighty Earth raises visibility and gains necessary commitments to reverse environmental destruction. Mighty Earth fights for the rights of Indigenous communities and local populations on the frontline, threatened by industrial corporations. By collaborating and coordinating Mighty Earth creates global pressure and achieves unprecedented victories.

To ensure continued success and a greater impact, we wish to evaluate our organization and the work, identify opportunities for improvement, and put that learning into practice.

Proposal Requirements:

Mighty Earth seeks firm or individual consultants to develop and design a monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan and analysis framework to evaluate Mighty Earth’s impact. The project should include data collection, monitoring, and analysis of the organization and our programs, followed by a comprehensive report. The evaluation is expected to recommend systems, processes, and approaches that Mighty Earth could put in place to maximize our effectiveness. The evaluation will assist Mighty Earth in developing further work plans and provide information for the organization’s management, staff, Board of Directors, supporters and other stakeholders. The project should include our palm oil, rubber, cocoa, protein, and heavy industry campaigns as well as the organizational elements that support our campaigns.

The Evaluation Will

· Assess the effectiveness of our program

· Identify the most significant changes that occurred because of our program activities.

· Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the program and provide recommendations for areas of improvement.

· Formulate lessons learned from the program’s implementation and recommendations to improve the design and delivery of future campaigns.

· Identify success stories and clearly describe the role of the project activities and partners.

· Analyze our overall operations to suggest additional ways to maximize impact.

Time frame:

We would like the project completed by the end of April 2023.

Contact: Please contact Cindy Schwartz ([email protected]) if you have questions and to submit a proposal. Please also notify her if you are planning to submit a proposal. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, November 19, 2022, by close of business; we anticipate finalizing our decision by December 10. Mighty Earth will evaluate proposals based on the following factors: budgetary feasibility, vendor’s experience and success in similar ventures, and vendor’s knowledge.

Offers will be rejected if any illegal or corrupt practices took place in connection with the award. All contracts executed under the project must state that Mighty Earth may terminate the agreement if it finds illegal or corrupt practices connected to the contract award or execution.

 

 


Cold Steel, Hot Climate

Steel Companies Agree to Accelerate Decarbonization

Today, ResponsibleSteel, a collaboration between leading steel companies and NGO’s, is launching ResponsibleSteel International Standard 2.0 to drive a shift to a decarbonized industry. Key features of the standard include achieving the “fastest global transition to a near zero steel sector” and provisions to prevent burning forests at a large scale (biomass) instead of coal, helping ensure that the steel industry of the future is powered by clean energy.   

Background  
Steel accounts for 8% of total climate pollution, largely because of the use of coal in steel production. We cannot keep using fossil fuels or unsustainable biomass to power the steel industry. Substituting just 20% of steel energy production with biomass would result in use of 199 million hectares (492 million acres) of forest land per year - a serious threat to forests that are today absorbing large amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere.  

 Glenn Hurowitz, CEO and Founder at Mighty Earth said: 

“Mighty Earth is proud to be a stakeholder in what will soon become the global standard for low emission and responsibly sourced steel.”  

“It’s a major success that the standard recognizes that deforestation has no place in the steel industry’s future by limiting charcoal, wood and biomass used in steelmaking to existing Forest Stewardship Council-certified plantations. Sacrificing hundreds of millions of acres of forest for energy is anything but clean, and the standard fortunately avoids this trap.

“With steel production increasing, we urge steelmakers to invest in the next generation methods, including renewable electricity-powered electric arc furnaces and green hydrogen that can produce steel without relying on coal.“

“Choosing ResponsibleSteel-certified materials sends a strong message to steelmakers that investing in renewable energy-powered steelmaking makes sense economically and environmentally. We need the automotive industry, construction companies and other steel buyers to get behind this to play their part in transforming the industry to meet the Paris climate goal of 1.5C.”
 
Notes for editor:  
  • The official and full review of the Standard is likely to start in 2023. It will be done by a working group with equal numbers of corporate and civil society members and be guided by projections for achieving Paris goals, the latest data on steel GHG emissions intensity, public commitments by steelmakers and demand side commitments to low emissions steel.
  • The new Responsible Steel standard is the only one for the industry that include upstream scope 3 emissions, I.e., the emissions for mining etc., are counted
  • There are 4 GHG (greenhouse gas) thresholds or levels within Responsible Steel.
  • Current global steel production is approximately 1920 million tons, of which 70% (1365MT ) uses coal-based Blast Furnace-Basic Oxygen Furnace (BF-BoF)processes.
  • The need to avoid using timber as a coal substitute is highlighted by the fact if just 20% of that coal use were substituted for biogenic charcoal, at a plantation production efficiency of 10.6 tons per hectare per year it would need 199 million hectares (492 million acres) of forest land per year. At a higher 30 t/ha/year, 67 million hectares of forest (165 million acres) would need to be cut per year. For perspective, the entire area of forested woodland in the UK is ~3.24 million hectares (8 million acres) and the entire Amazon primary forest ~526 million hectares (1.3 billion acres).[1]

Notes:
[1] Values extracted from LCA here: https://publications.csiro.au/rpr/download?pid=csiro:EP104971&dsid=DS

It estimates 10.6 tons of tree are needed to produce 1 ton of charcoal and plantations yield 10-30 t/ha/year. This paper estimated that for 20% substitution of world BF/BoF. 870MT total and at 10.6 t/ha/y need 127 million hectares. At 30 t/ha/year need 43 million hectares/year.