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Sustainable Development

Getting Back On The Path

John D. Thomas | Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact
John D. Thomas

There is a way to foster employment growth with a generation put to work on an economic engine that can create the tax revenues to ultimately meet the social expenditure requirements. That path is renewable energy.

Celebrating 'Eating Planet-Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet'

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle Nierenberg

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet. Today, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) and the Worldwatch Institute...

Rio +20: Point Of No Return?

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The resonance of these spiritual and moral insights will grow as we move forward and that spiritual arguments will compel action at least as powerfully as the convictions of science.

Asia Should Lead in Sustainable Development

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 08.26.2012 | Green
José Ramos-Horta

Rather than attempting to forge the one agreement that will change the course of the world, or being satisfied with one without much substance, it may be more realistic, practical and effective to think on a regional level.

Rio+20: A Radical Transformation for the Future We Want

Kazuhiko Takemoto | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Kazuhiko Takemoto

In order to improve the livelihood and well-being of all individuals and achieve a green economy, we need a radical transformation in our policies, technologies and patterns of production and consumption.

The Transition to a Sustainable Economy May Happen Without the U.S. Federal Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

Economic consumption will change in the sustainable and renewable resource-based economy, but it will not be reduced. In fact, the size of the sustainable but high throughput economy that we must develop will be larger than today's economy.

Can Lawyers Save the Planet?

Lachie McKenzie | Posted 08.24.2012 | World
Lachie McKenzie

Will lawyers save the planet? As far as making ecocide an international crime, the case seems rather compelling.

Are You Here to 'Save Face' or to Save Us?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

It would take a brave soul to stand in front of one of the largest and most important gatherings the United Nations has ever held and ask this question: Are you here to 'save face' or to save us?

Paying the Price for the Future We Want

Min Zhu | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Min Zhu

Behind the concept of sustainable development lies a bold vision of the future. Standing in the way of the future we want are the environmental problems we continue to face.

Rio+20 and the Green Economy

Kazuhiko Takemoto | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Kazuhiko Takemoto

With complex issue on the agenda, I thought I'd ask two of the finest leaders in the field of sustainable development to simplify the issue for all of us and explain the greatest benefits and challenges of transitioning to a green economy.

Inclusive Wealth Index Shows Economic Impact of Natural Capital

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

This week, at Rio +20, two groups launched a new indicator called the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI). Going beyond GDP, the IWI includes natural capital when looking at a country's capital assets to see the true wealth and sustainability of its growth.

A New Vision for Sustainable Agriculture for Rio+20 Summit

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

A renewed global commitment to sustainability at Rio+20 will miss the mark if it does not explicitly address the needs and opportunities in agriculture.

The Tyranny of Big Meetings

John Feffer | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
John Feffer

Will the UN confront powerful interests in Wall Street and the military-industrial complex? Its record, of late, is not encouraging, notwithstanding all the off-gassing of Big Conservatives. Still, if the UN were to muster some gumption, its latest Big Meeting would qualify as a big deal.

UN Women Head Michelle Bachelet: 'Gender Equality Is Good Business'

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

Michelle Bachelet is a crusading feminist: she was Chile's first female president. Two years ago she was appointed the first-ever Executive Director of UN Women. And gender equality isn't just about doing the right thing, she says: it makes economic sense.

The Revolution in Rio

Erik Rasmussen | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Erik Rasmussen

The U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio can be the take-off for the next industrial revolution driven by business and civil society. The conference can mark a change in leadership from a political top down process to a bottom up movement.

Rio+20: 'I Want to Light a Fire, and Remind You of the Urgency of Our Task'

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

What the world needs now is a dramatic paradigm shift fronted by brave leadership that is willing to guide us through these turbulent times.

What's Your Wish For Rio+20?

Posted 06.14.2012 | Green

With the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development -- also known as Rio+20 -- quickly approaching, world leaders are preparing to meet in R...

To Enable Development, Start With Energy

Timothy E. Wirth | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Timothy E. Wirth

Next week at Rio+20 can be an important moment for leaders from across the world to join Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in supporting sustainable energy as the essential precondition to sustainable development, mitigation of climate change and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

We Need to Start Measuring Progress, Not Just Growth

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 08.13.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

As we reach planetary boundaries, endless growth is not the answer. We need progress and we cannot have progress without measuring what we value, even if it isn't monetized.

Teaching Teachers to Prevent Malnutrition

Alain Damiba | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
Alain Damiba

Knowing how severe the consequences of malnutrition can be, an innovative new partnership is educating teachers in Central and Eastern Provinces of Kenya on how to monitor the weight and development of all children under five to prevent malnutrition.

Rio+20: The Young Can't Wait

William S. Becker | Posted 06.12.2012 | Green
William S. Becker

Unconstrained by diplomacy, I would put it this way: If we insist on ruining the planet, we can no longer call ourselves the most intelligence species. We have the tools, but we're not fully using them. We know what to do, but we're not doing it.

Rio+20: Moving Ahead With the Sustainable Development Goals

Manish Bapna | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green
Manish Bapna

Achieving "the future we want" will require economic development that addresses not only poverty, but ecological limits.

An Exchange Between Farmers Builds Friendships and Strengthens Communities

Vivian Glyck | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

One of the reasons why Project GRACE is so impressive is because of the support networks it creates between farmers living with HIV. Through these networks farmers share their practical knowledge with one another and support each other.

Rio+20: Getting Global Governance to Work for Hunger and Climate Change

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2012 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

Can Rio+20 turn the corner for global governance for agriculture and food systems? We need to see a strong commitment to Sustainable Development Goals and approaches that integrate knowledge across sectors.

Global Motherhood: Project GRACE, A Blessing To Families Living With HIV

Vivian Glyck | Posted 08.06.2012 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

Project GRACE started in 2009 and provides small loans in the form of poultry and livestock to its participants who work together as well as encourage others to get tested for HIV at Bishop Asili, their local hospital.