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Unlike the majority of lobbyists dedicated to preserving business as usual, a new generation of lobby groups are using their power to fuel sustainable development.
The words “lobby group” or “lobbyist” tends to conjure negative feelings among
citizens concerned about human, animal and planetary health.
After all, corporate lobbying efforts are the reason much of the world was
convinced smoking is cool for a good part of the previous century. It’s why beef
still features heavily on menus around the world, despite the adverse health and
environmental effects of excessive meat
and the reason most of civilization is still being powered by fossil
that are rapidly heating up the planet, not to mention adversely affecting
In the US alone, fossil fuel lobby groups spent over $124
on federal lobbying in 2022 despite making record profits — vying to make sure
the business-as-usual scenario remains intact, regardless of scientific warnings
on the need for a rapid transition to much cleaner, renewable
And speaking of energy, a recent Ceres study revealed significant
between many of the largest US electric utilities’ public climate commitments and
their direct and indirect climate-lobbying practices.
But, unlike the majority of lobbyists as we know them — dedicated to preserving
the unsustainable, but profitable, status quo — a new generation of lobbyists
are using their power to fuel sustainable development.
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Here are a few of the entities working hard to bring positive change to the
world by way of public policy, private investment and advocacy.
The subject of solar energy tends to conjure thoughts of something relatively
new that gained popularity not long after the iPhone and Twitter age.
Yet, the SEIA was established in 1974 — a time when the
post-Vietnam environmental movement was just gaining traction.
Today, the SEIA engages with policymakers at the regulatory and legislative
levels in Washington DC and throughout the United States “to establish
that allow solar to compete in the marketplace and offer cost-competitive,
The 501(c)3 trade association has gained a much greater level of relevance with
the recent explosion in solar-energy companies and new jobs in the sector — as
it supports “fair and free” trade of solar equipment, with the aim of making the
US a global leader in solar.
But the group goes beyond working with the public and private sectors to grow
the solar industry, which reduces 183 million metric tons of CO2 emissions
annually — it also develops
education and outreach
to increase awareness of the benefits of solar energy.
Once a collaborative made up of different organizations — including the Rocky
Mountain Institute, the World Resources Institute — and the World Wildlife
Fund, the Clean Energy Buyers Association
(CEBA) is today an independent, membership association “for energy customers
seeking to procure clean energy across the US.”
CEBA now has over 420 members, including stakeholders from the commercial and
industrial sector, non-profit organizations, and energy and service providers
who have a shared goal of deploying “market and policy solutions for a
carbon-free energy system.”
CEBA also has its very own charity and advocacy organization — the
Clean Energy Buyers Institute.
Founded in 2009, IRENA is the first international
organization to focus exclusively on the growth of the renewable-energy sector.
With 169 members (168 countries + the EU) across the globe, it provides advice
and support to governments on renewable-energy policy.
IRENA recently made its presence felt at
in Dubai, where Heads of State from various nations agreed to triple global
by 2030. This fell in alignment with IRENA’s World Energy Transitions
which provides a pathway to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels —
with renewable energy as a cornerstone.
Animal agriculture for meat production contributes roughly 18 percent of all
human-induced greenhouse gas
— mainly in the form of
and nitrous oxide — along with being the leading driver of tropical
deforestation and species
and researchers have found that a global shift to renewable energy isn’t enough
to keep climate change within livable levels
without a significant reduction in meat consumption.
The Good Food Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
and international think tank of organizations that are helping to accelerate
innovation — including plant-based
— with over 150 staff members across the US, Asia Pacific, Brazil,
Europe, India and Israel.
Founded in 2016 by TED Fellow,
Y Combinator alum and better-food advocate
Bruce Friedrich, the GFI
advocates fair policy and funds public research for
alternative proteins; and has been working with the public and private sectors
to build “a world where alternative proteins are no longer alternative.”
Published Feb 7, 2024 2pm EST / 11am PST / 7pm GMT / 8pm CET
Roberto Guerra is a bilingual writer, editor, entrepreneur, corporate engagement and communications specialist, and US Air Force veteran with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Universidad de la Sabana (Bogota, Colombia) and an International Master in Sustainable Development and Corporate Responsibility from EOI Business School (Madrid, Spain). Born in New York and raised in Florida, Roberto is former managing director for the Spanish-language version of vegan business magazine "vegconomist" and is also author of three novels. He has lived, worked and studied on four different continents.