'Green Growth' Is Key, New Development Paradigm for Developing Countries

Julian Hunt | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Julian Hunt

Following a recent meeting between Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao and Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, the ADB has pledged its support for green and inclusive growth in China with a major new investment...

No Home But Earth

Nigel Rayment | Posted 30.10.2012 | Home
Nigel Rayment

Over the summer I have been turning the pages of Richard Sennett's The Craftsman (2008) and Brian Morris' Pioneers of Ecological Humanism (2012). Each has an insightful take on the impact of industrialisation, capitalism and mass culture on human creativity, and on individual and collective agency.

The Future We Choose

Amisha Ghadiali | Posted 23.09.2012 | Home
Amisha Ghadiali

Now is the time to create the future that we choose for the world. As we stand in 2012, many of the ideologies running our world systems have failed.

Holy See and Sex

Genevieve Stewart | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Politics
Genevieve Stewart

Religious dogma has no place at UN negotiations which seeks to improve the lives of many regardless of their faith. The Vatican must not be allowed to continue its anachronistic agenda in such an important international arena.

Do You Remember Rio?

Cecile Schneider | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK Politics
Cecile Schneider

Governments have missed the boat. Rio+20 has missed the deadlines for creating a sustainable future.

The Real Rio: They Don't Care About Us

Sam Bowstead | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Politics
Sam Bowstead

One of Michael Jackson's most famous songs was the 1995 "They Don't Care About Us". The music video became a sensation featuring panoramic shots set in Rio de Janeiro and importantly, of him dancing within the community of favela Santa Marta.

Time for Capitalism 2.0, and Fast!

Michael Townsend | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK
Michael Townsend

In many ways, the Rio+20 Earth Summit is a huge distraction; with an estimated 50,000 participants, and so much time, money and energy spent on negotiations for something that, in reality, is non-negotiable.

We Changed the World In Our Own Small Way – One NGO’s Influence on the Rio Agreement

Sue Riddlestone | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK
Sue Riddlestone

The BioRegional delegation in Rio had a little celebration when the final version of the UN Rio+20 outcome document was published this week and we could see our influence in several places.

What a Rio-l Waste of Time!

Lucia Fry | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK
Lucia Fry

Yesterday, a billion people went to bed hungry; tomorrow, that number will almost certainly grow. More than just a terrible waste of time, Rio+20 has been a scandal.

Leaked Postcard from Rio+20 Diplomat to his Daughter!

Tim Hall | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Politics
Tim Hall

I acknowledge you would like it here in Rio, and encourage you to establish a plan to arriving here in the future! Such lovely weather, lush green mountains and blue seas. So glad to be here reaffirming the stresses all these things are under. Even more glad to be acknowledging the need to begin to save them sometime in the future.

Rio+20: Game Over for Our Planet?

Kit Vaughan | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Tech
Kit Vaughan

Journalists keep asking what the story is. There is a story but it's a very dark one and in our hearts everybody is looking for a ray of sunshine from Rio+20. But there are worrying signs of the very real and severe failure of the negotiations.

Animal Welfare and Human Welfare Need to Go Hand in Hand at Rio+20

Dr Michael Appleby | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK
Dr Michael Appleby

The final Rio+20 outcomes and goals need to acknowledge the role of animals and their welfare within food production and wider society, and make on-going political and financial commitments to guarantee that we can feed the world's growing population sustainably and humanely.

The Future of Sex and the Planet

Genevieve Stewart | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Politics
Genevieve Stewart

There are currently 215 million women in the world who lack access to basic reproductive healthcare. Millions more are without due to lack of education, funding and distribution; or for cultural, social and religious reasons which prevent them from accessing sexual health services.

Indigenous Rights Are Key to Rio+20’s Vision of Sustainability

Fiona Watson | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Politics
Fiona Watson

If we cannot ensure the survival of the Amazon's last nomads who probably more than any people, define what it is to live sustainably, and who ask for nothing other than respect for their land and way of life, what will that say about the path humanity is heading down?

Coping With Nature's Destructive Forces

Tony Cunningham | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Cunningham

When flash floods hit Wales earlier this month necessitating the evacuation of more than 1,000 people, my thoughts immediately returned to the people I met last month in Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines who had also been affected by flooding. I also reflected on the floods that hit my own constituency, Workington in 2009 and how it shook our community.

What's Next? GDP+

Cecile Schneider | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Politics
Cecile Schneider

The UN have released a report about the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI), a new indicator aimed at encouraging sustainability. The IWI is intended to be used as a measure for future performance within the international sustainable development framework.

Cities: Social Time-Bombs

Sam Bowstead | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Politics
Sam Bowstead

"Cities are magnets. Cities are also social time-bombs." A panel of ten leading built environment experts met, on Monday June 18, to discuss the vital issues for our world's burgeoning cities.

Principle of Sustainable Development; One of the Greatest Impediments to Africa Development

Austin Aneke | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK Politics
Austin Aneke

The UN Conference on sustainable development tagged Rio+20 commences on 20th June 2012.

End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Karuna Rana | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK Politics
Karuna Rana

Hundreds gathered on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro to demand an end to fossil fuel subsidies.

Future of Planet: Not a Cause for Jubilation

Lachie McKenzie | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK Politics
Lachie McKenzie

David Cameron has faced harsh criticism for refusing to attend Rio+20, a meeting of world leaders in Brazil to discuss sustainable development.

Australia: One Step Forward, Four Steps Backward

Tim Hall | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK Politics
Tim Hall

Hearing your home country described as an environmentally backwards mining outpost is more than enough to fire up any young greenie. Especially when you're not the one saying it.

Rio+20: Green Growth Requires a Rethink

Andy Wales | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK
Andy Wales

One of the themes of Rio+20 is 'green growth'. The first and most obvious question will be 'Can there be such a thing as green growth?' and for me the answer is an emphatic 'Yes' - as long as there is a paradigm shift in the way that governments, the private sector and consumers think about resources.

Rethinking Rio +20: Why Economists Should Take the Earth Summit Seriously

Tristan Stubbs | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK
Tristan Stubbs

Today, international summits are best known for complex wrangling and fragile consensus. And yet the current situation is even more urgent. Greenhouse gas emissions are projected to rise by 50% before the end of the century, resulting in a global average temperature increase of between 3°C and 6°C.

Address to the Nobel Laureates Event at the Sustainable Development Conference Rio+20

HRH The Prince of Wales | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK
HRH The Prince of Wales

As I speak, the world's rainforests continue to be destroyed, wiping out so much of the world's vital biodiversity and removing our chances of storing carbon naturally; and we continue to ignore the painful lessons of the so-called 'Green Revolution' in India by intensifying our food production methods in such blinkered, chemically and technologically-based ways, that the land and the oceans are now both beginning to fail. Tragically, we cannot even plead ignorance of the consequences of our actions, for the scientific evidence is overwhelming and the impacts are well understood.

Science, Politics and the Post-Rio+20 Agenda

Melissa Leach | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK Tech
Melissa Leach

When it comes to providing modern energy services, for instance, does sustainable development mean centralised grid infrastructure powered by large scale low carbon generation? Or does it also mean experimenting with off-grid solar home systems and other micro-generation technologies?