The Mediator's Green Pledge
As a supporter of the World Mediators Alliance on Climate Change (WoMACC) Mediators’ Pledge, the MII invite all our members to become signatories and join other mediators across the world in contributing to minimising the effect of climate change, with a view to significantly reducing our carbon footprint. You can become a signatory to the Green Pledge at https://womacc.org/ . Once signed up, you can use the Green Pledge Logo.
The Mediators’ Green Pledge is a personal commitment to minimise the impact on the environment of every mediation that we are involved in.
I/We have committed to minimising the environmental impact of each mediation in which I/we are involved in the ways outlined in the Pledge, including avoiding unnecessary travel and using electronic technology wherever possible.
A Call to Action:
The time has come to address our contribution to the climate emergency facing us all. The move which many of us have made to online mediation in response to the pandemic has shown us that environmentally friendly ways of mediating can be both easily accessible and highly effective.
Signatories take a significant first step in committing to the words of the Pledge.
It is for each signatory to decide what the Pledge means for them. But we all know that actions speak louder than words and so, during 2022, we are sharing the Ideas for Action that were inspired by signatories during events in November 2021 to coincide with COP26.
So far, we have shared the following:
Idea for Action No 1: Add the WoMACC logo to your email footer and your website.
You can also add a link to our website womacc.org
Idea for Action No 2: Bring the Green Pledge into at least one of your workplace conversations.
Idea for Action No 3: In your mediations, request that all documents are provided electronically.
Idea for Action No 4: Encourage one other person to sign the Mediators’ Green Pledge.
A Call to Action:
The time has come to address our contribution to the climate emergency facing us all. The move which many of us have made to online mediation in response to the pandemic has shown us that environmentally friendly ways of mediating can be both easily accessible and highly effective.Introduction:
This illustrative Green Pledge outlines concrete steps that each of us can take to reduce the impact on the climate of each mediation we conduct. We acknowledge, as the inspiration for this, the Pledge for Greener Arbitrations by the arbitrator, Lucy Greenwood.
Please sign up to show your support for this initiative which could, we hope, have a real impact on our behaviour and fundamentally change the way in which we conduct mediations.
The Pledge is broad enough to allow all those involved in mediation to make changes to their behaviour and to lead the way in responsible mediating. It offers a foundation which, we hope, mediators will build upon with their own further measures tailored to their practices.
Please feel free to augment or adapt the pledge as you wish.
As one supporter writes:
“This pledge is a commitment that has no end and whether it is formalised or just remains a contract to myself—it feels really good to have begun it. Thank you for giving me the nudge!”
“As a mediator committed to ensuring that I minimise the impact on the environment of every mediation I am involved in, I will ensure that, wherever possible:
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