Ursula von der Leyen’s name was initially not in the top drawer of candidates to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. And yet, after an unexpected turn in the labyrinth of European decision making, she emerged from the shadows to become the first woman to take the European top job.
As the world is starting to understand von der Leyen’s agenda, it is becoming clear that her vision of Europe has many shades of green.
A mother of 7 children, von der Leyen outlines her aspiration as follows: “For the generation of my children, Europe is a unique aspiration. It is an aspiration of living in a natural and healthy continent. Of living in a society where you can be who you are, live where you like, love who you want and aim as high as you want. It is an aspiration of a world full of new technologies and age-old values. Of a Europe that takes the global lead on the major challenges of our times.”
In this context, we are highlighting some leading-edge European solutions to plastic pollution in this week’s Ubuntoo Digest.
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A EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL
New European Commission President Von der Leyen committed to issuing a new European Green Deal within her first 100 days in office. Based on her document “A Union that strives for more – my agenda for Europe”, we can expect that the focus will be on climate change action (buoyed by the youth climate movement). But we should also see an accelerated effort on plastic pollution and specifically micro-plastics.
Our Ubuntoo database houses 275 Europe-based solutions – and counting. In this newsletter we highlight only a few unexpected and highly innovative examples. For a more comprehensive overview, please enter “Europe” in the location search option in the Solutions page on Ubuntoo.
We are happy to announce that UBUNTOO has been asked by VERGE to select a couple of candidates to participate in the Accelerate at VERGE 19 fast-pitch competition - featuring entrepreneurs and startups with innovative circular economy technologies, products and services. Selected candidates will get to pitch during the VERGE 19 conference to a live audience of over 3,000 thought leaders and a global online audience. For those innovators who are interested, please send an email to email@example.com.
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Here is a selection of news articles that caught our attention last week:
MUST SEE / READ
We loved watching this webinar by Ubuntoo member Professor Ramani Narayanan from Michigan State University titled “Is Biodegradability a solution for plastic waste pollution?”
“We have met the enemy and he is us!”
Walt Kelly’s memorable poster of Pogo standing at the mouth of a trash-filled Okefenokee Swamp