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Combating Climate Change Over Tea at Harney and Sons

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.

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.

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.

Lindsay has spent her career at the intersection of media and social change. In her role at Eco-Chick, Lindsay has established partnerships and campaigns with some of the world’s most-recognized companies committed to sustainability and CSR. She co-created the popular interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay is the Marketing and Sustainability Manager at Health-Ade Kombucha and previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia. There she directed corporate advertising dollars to the nation’s most effective non-profits tackling urgent social issues in local communities and was awarded CBS Corporation’s prestigious Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine,,, and for environmentalists Laura Turner Seydel and Susan Rockefeller. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.