Selling the Amazon on Amazon

Land for sold! Now you can buy the beauty of Africa and the resourceful Amazon river – it’s a good investment!

This article in the Guardian shocked me the other day: “Pension fund managers and hedge funds gather in London on Tuesday for a summit to discuss the next big investment opportunity: buying up swaths of African farmland.” Continue reading

The Future We Would Have Wanted

Rio+20 – The Future we Want“: don’t trust these words. There’s nothing more misleading than this headline – written by Samir Abi, Barcelona Consensus

The future we want is far away from the final document entitled with this bold statement who will certainly be validated by the heads of state present in Rio during the next days. Continue reading

The Young Are Still Waiting

20 years ago, this girl moved the whole world with her speech.

At the time, she was representing “a group of 12 and 13 year olds trying to make a difference” and I guess she did. She rememberably said: “I have no hidden agenda, I’m fighting for my future.” What happend to that girl? Continue reading

The Sword of Damocles

Why Rio+20 will not solve the environmental challenges the international community is facing and why the Green Economy is not the solution.

We are currently living in a civilization that, as far as we can determine future risk, looks unsustainable” (Giddens 2010, p. 10). A look at the news confirms this: islands are disappearing, monsoon patterns are changing and deserts are growing. Pandora’s box has been opened. Solutions to this energy-environment conundrum exist. But hydropower-dams, biofuels and nuclear energy bring, according to my view, more harm than good. What we need are political solutions which accept and act upon the following: Continue reading

Crime Against the Environment

Companies – and governments –  are full of empty promises and nobody seems to be able to hold them accountable.

Catastrophic oil spills and big speeches on what we should do are on the order of the day. Little action follows them. Sometimes, however, justice is done.

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Another World Is Possible

The idea is the same for the WEF and the WSF: shape globalization. While the first tries to impose it, the second creates it from below.

Every year, during the WEF in Davos, there is also an alternative summit – the World Social Forum – taking place somewhere in the world. The goal of the WSF is to create a world where people matter more than profit. Continue reading

World Wide Water

In Stockholm the 2011 edition of the World Water Week just came to an end. After the week long of talking, it is to hope that actions will follow.

The World Water Week is hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute. It brings together experts and leaders from the water sector to discuss and find solutions. This year’s edition was running under the title Continue reading