Sustainable Storytelling: How Publishing is Addressing the Climate Crisis

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Publishing has come a long way since the invention of the movable type, and today mass production makes it easier than ever to manufacture and distribute books. With books being so highly accessible now, book publishing has grown into a $1.6 billion dollar industry in Canada (Ontario Creates 2018 Book Industry Profile). Like any major industry right now, publishing has an impact on the environment and a responsibility to tackle the current global climate change crisis. In fact, there was a huge effort in the mid-2000s for publishers to "explore and implement practices to lower their carbon footprint" which led to the formation of the Book Industry Environmental Council in 2005.

It's a new decade and according to a 2019 U.N. report, "global greenhouse gas emissions must begin falling by 7.6 percent each year beginning meet the most ambitious aims of the Paris climate accord". So we wondered, what is the publishing industry doing to play a part in achieving environmental sustainability? Here’s what we found…

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