Three Things to Experience in Bangladesh

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The Sundarbans
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Alicia Procello Maddox, president at the Avery Dennison Foundation in Glendale, California, is proud to invest in philanthropic initiatives around the world. She is always looking to improve lives and widen prospects for those in need. In 2014, Alicia Procello Maddox and her company traveled to Bangladesh to oversee the funding of an NGO that granted scholarships and life skills training to young people from low-income areas. Bangladesh itself is a treasure trove of new experiences and culture. Here are three experiences that cannot be missed:

1. The Sundarbans: This expansive mangrove forest houses over 400 Royal Bengal Tigers, the last of their kind. Visitors can experience a once-in-a-lifetime safari for only around $30, which is a huge bargain, considerig what wildlife awaits.

2. Srimangal: For tea enthusiasts, this area in the northeast is covered in lush green tea gardens, and a distinct lack of crowds. A calming locale, it’s perfect for bike riding and sightseeing, with the Hamham waterfalls nearby.

3. Cox’s Bazar. With the distinction of being the longest sea beach in the world, this paradise is nearly 75 miles long, and also offers religious sites for history buffs. Many resorts have their own private sections of beach to help avoid large crowds.

Alicia Procello Maddox – Climate Savers Program with WWF

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WWF works in organization with organizations as a component of WWF’s Climate Savers Program to set and meet objectives to diminish carbon outflows, propel undertakings to shield their assets from atmosphere impacts, and guarantee the maintainability of their centre business.Driving companies cooperate with WWF to build up eager focuses to intentionally decrease their ozone depleting substance (GHG) outflows. Since the activity started in 1999, WWF’s 30 Climate Savers accomplices have decreased GHG emanations by more than 100 million tons – equal to taking 20 million autos off the street. By enhancing vitality productivity and different measures, Climate Savers organizations have spared a huge number of dollars, demonstrating again that securing nature bodes well.

Our reality is changing speedier than anybody anticipated. As of now, freshwater supplies are contracting, rural yields are dropping, our backwoods are consuming, and rising seas are more acidic—all, to a limited extent, because of a warming atmosphere. As our normal world changes around us, so does our lifestyle. Beach front home estimations drop as protection premiums rise; dry season diminishes bolster for American agriculturists’ cows and water for their products; more dust and clean noticeable all around bothers asthma and sensitivities in children and grown-ups alike.

At WWF, we trust we can battle this considerable danger and manufacture a more secure, more beneficial and stronger future for individuals and nature. We should reconsider the way we deliver and expend vitality, nourishment, and water; ensure the world’s backwoods; and enable individuals to get ready for an evolving world. Accomplishing this future will require activity by everybody, and we are as of now well on our way. Individuals are utilizing their aggregate voices to request change. Organizations are making interests in clean vitality, as of now making neighbourhood employments and more grounded economies.

Groups are upgrading their streets, structures, airplane terminals, and railways to make them atmosphere strong. What’s more, countries around the globe are resolved to convey on a historic point worldwide arrangement to control environmental change, known as the Paris Agreement. For quite a long time, WWF has connected with many Americans, driving organizations, and government pioneers to get ready for inescapable change and diminish the emanations that drive environmental change. Alicia Procello Maddox as of now directs corporate social obligation at Avery Dennison, which is a signatory to the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Climate Savers Program, a joint effort of organizations focused on ecological maintainability.

 

Avery Dennison Cuts 50 Percent of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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With over 15 years experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, Alicia Procello Maddox has managed the corporate social responsibilities of leading brands such as Nike and worked with state agencies such as the Southern California Public Health Association. Alicia Procello Maddox currently oversees corporate social responsibility at Avery Dennison, which is a signatory to the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Climate Savers Program, a collaboration of companies committed to environmental sustainability.

In December 2016, Avery Dennison signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the 2016 Green Power leadership Award recipient Apex Clean Energy. In the agreement, Apex would provide Avery Dennison with 20 MW of renewable energy annually from one of its wind energy farms in Texas, enough to power 50 percent of Avery’s US operations and to offset half of its greenhouse gas emissions.

The PPA highlights Avery Dennison’s commitment to tackling climate change and to establishing a company that generates value and is a force for good. It also marks a significant step for the company toward achieving its WWF Climate Savers Program target of 100 percent clean energy operations by 2025.

Happy Environment – Alicia Procello Maddox

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Alicia Procello : It is a pleasure to serve as the President of the Avery Dennison Foundation.  Our grants in sustainability make a profound impact not only on the environment, but more importantly on the lives of the people living in areas where environmental issues are challenging.

Sometimes we can effect change by simply giving a grassroots organization the resources they need to tackle local problems in an innovative way — problems that, in many cases, wouldn’t otherwise be addressed.

In 206 we made a two year grant Global Greengrants Fund. Through our grant, we’re funding seven female-led grantees working on issues of environmental sustainability and women’s empowerment—two of the Avery Dennison Foundation’s priority areas. The grants will support women improving communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Islands.

Our grant is already at work on Tansin, an island quilted with jungle and savanna in Northeast Honduras. Most of Tansin’s 50,000 inhabitants are indigenous Miskito. Most live in villages accessible only by boat or plane and depend on subsistence farming for survival. Deforestation from large-scale agriculture, along with increasingly erratic weather, threatens the community’s survival.

While many local Miskita women work as farmers, they tend to make less money and have less access to food than men because they lack access to land, seeds, technology, financial services, and a voice in politics. Our grant is helping the Women’s Association of Tansin eradicate that disparity by teaching women about sustainable farming and forest management. The group will train women in crop diversification, integrating tree conservation into farming practices, and serving the tourist trade.

Through these trainings, local women will become more economically independent and implement sustainable ways of making a living. The Women’s Association of Tansin expects that 92 local households will benefit from the project, totaling more than 600 people.

Another grant grantee of Global Greengrant Fund supports the village of Venustiano Carranza is located in Chiapas, the southernmost Mexican state, which shares a border with Guatemala.

Most of Venustiano Carranza’s 750 inhabitants are indigenous, and are dependent upon subsistence farming for their livelihoods and survival. Recently, the community has documented a disturbing increase in women experiencing malnutrition, illness, and death due to poor diet and consumption of food contaminated with pesticides and carcinogens.

In order to address this critical situation, a local community group, Batsil Antsetik, A.C. is using a $2,500 grant to establish an environmentally-friendly and self-sustaining organic food production center, which will serve as a demonstration and training space for the community and improve food security for 33 families, with the goal of increasing the production of organic foods with female leadership to ensure inclusion of all community members in agricultural decision-making processes.

Trainings at the center will include organic farming, environmental sustainability, nutrition, poultry and rabbit management, composting, and organically growing fruit trees. Women’s leadership trainings will also be offered including an exchange of experience with groups of women from other communities. The project will reduce the use of harmful pesticides, increase the local food production to improve nutrition for children and women, promote women’s leadership, and encourage public conversations on gender equity and human rights.

By Alicia Procello Maddox