How about a world for everyone with no war, no hungerand a political system including everyone?
That’s more or less what the Barcelona Consensus is trying to create calling it a world livable for all. The basic document of the Consensus called Declaration 1.0 starts with the very true words: “The current global situation is unacceptable: it is structurally violent, Continue reading →
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 →
Some are hopeful for Rio +20, others don’t think it will bring change and a third group puts up their own agenda.
This summer (June 20th – 22nd) the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will take place in Rio, exactly twenty years after the famous Earth Summit in the same location. Continue reading →
Imagine we’d know which way to navigate towards a sustainable development of our planet.
A planet which has boundaries – or with more positive words “a safe operation space for humans”. We must respect it. Yet, that is not enough. We must also seek to find socially just solutions. That is when we can speak of inclusive and sustainable development. Continue reading →