Combating Climate Change Over Tea at Harney and Sons

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Left to right: Adam Markham, President, Clean Air-Cool Planet; Selena Ahmed, Tea and Climate Change Scientist, Tufts University; Mike Harney, Vice President, Harney & Sons; Terry Kellogg, CEO, 1% for the Planet.

Eco Chick recently attended an event to celebrate the partnership of Harney & Sons, 1% for the Planet and Clean Air-Cool Planet. We were thrilled to attend for many reasons: we’ve featured so many incredible companies and brands who work with 1% for the Planet; we’re huge tea drinkers; and we were interested in learning more about Clean Air-Cool Planet’s initiatives.

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Mike Harney, VP, Harney & Sons talks about the partnership to the crowd. 

Clean Air-Cool Planet is a nonprofit that works collaboratively with campuses, communities and corporations to pioneer and scale-up innovative solutions aimed at reducing carbon emissions and preparing for climate change. They also work to build support for environmentally effective and economically efficient national climate policies.

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Adam Markham, President, Clean Air-Cool Planet and Terry Kellogg, CEO, 1% for the Planet.

Because of a commitment from gourmet tea company Harney & Sons through 1% for the Planet, Clean Air-Cool Planet  is able to assemble a Summer Climate Fellowship program and continue to move forward with important initiatives.

We also listened to Selena Ahmed speak, a Tea and Climate Change scientist from Tufts University who is monitoring how climatic changes are affecting the antioxidant levels in tea leaves.

“Working with tea farmers I’ve seen some really interesting results and findings,” said Selena. “Climate change is not this phenomena that tea farmers are contemplating, it is indeed this reality that impacts tea farmers on a seasonal and yearly basis,” said Selena.

(You’ll get to know more about Selena in an upcoming “Heroines for the Planet” interview.

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Delicious Harney & Sons Tea. (Would make a lovely and healthy holiday gift.)

I also had the opportunity to chat with Nicole Benisch of Beyond Kombucha, NYC’s first solar powered Kombucha brewery. Beyond Kombucha is a 1% for the Planet member.

About Lindsay E. Brown
Lindsay is the Director of Communications at CBS EcoMedia and is a co-owner of Eco-Chick along with Starre Vartan. Previously, she was the managing editor at Eco-Chick, and created the acclaimed interview series “Heroines for the Planet." She has written for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, Huffington Post, EarthHour.org, Livia Firth's Eco-Age.com, Ecover US, Laura Turner Seydel's blog, and Gather Green. Lindsay was featured on the Veria Living Network as a “voice for the planet’s health” and was named in Ecover’s “30 Under 30″ contest which recognized those who are making a sustainable difference in their local or global communities. Lindsay holds a B.S. in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award for Top Student in RW1 at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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