All posts by Gaelle Gourmelon

Q&A with Jessica Pierce: Sustainability in Medical Education

We asked bioethicist Jessica Pierce, author of the chapter “Teaching Doctors to Care for Patient and Planet” in Worldwatch’s EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet, about what motivated her to write about transforming medical schools to face future global challenges.

Many people talk about the importance of environmental education or ecoliteracy. How does your … Continue Reading ››

6 Steps to Cultivating Future-ready Students

At a time of global-scale challenges, from climate change to social unrest, the next generation needs an education revolution to navigate the turbulent century ahead. Unfortunately, schooling today tends to ignore the massive changes that are looming and offers little training to slow these changes. The Worldwatch Institute’s EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet … Continue Reading ››

5 Surprising Ways That “Green” Products Are Trying to Trick You

You’re standing at the store, a bottle of shampoo in each hand. Your gaze circles from one label to the other, and your mind runs 10 simultaneous comparisons to decide which bottle you’ll bring home. Blue is, after all, your favorite color. And this label does have a nice flower on the side. But, you’re a … Continue Reading ››

Creating a Future-ready Education System: The EarthEd Symposium

Thank you to our local and global audience for joining us for the launch of our latest State of the World report, EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet! We had people tuned in from over 54 countries and 36 states, including watch parties in Thailand,  Texas,  and the District of Columbia. Continue Reading ››

Sneak Peek: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

It's almost here! Our newest State of the World report, EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet, will be making its public debut on April 20. Join us for the webcast of our EarthEd Syposium, live from Appalachian State University. You can also pre-order your copy today!

With global environmental changes locked into our … Continue Reading ››

What You Should Know About the Chocolate You’re Eating

Few things are better than biting into a good piece of chocolate. But melting into dark chocolate  autopilot may be hiding a darker side of this sweet treat. Take a bite. Then take a minute to think. Have you ever considered where your chocolate comes from? You might know that it grows on trees (perhaps justifying … Continue Reading ››

Five Ways to Build Inclusive Cities

This year, World Cities Day (October 31) focuses on “inclusive cities, shared development.” But with rapidly growing urbanization, how can cities ensure that all of their residents are thriving? Striking with indiscriminate intensity, Hurricane Matthew blew through the Caribbean and the eastern United States in late September. The Category 4 storm plowed the U.S. Gulf Coast … Continue Reading ››

Four Ways Cities Are Greening Our Buildings

Can a city be sustainable? That’s what our 2016 edition of State of the World investigates. In his chapter, “Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Buildings,” author and project co-director Michael Renner explains what actions cities can take to make their buildings greener. Buildings are some of the biggest users of materials and water, … Continue Reading ››

How Urban Dwellers Drive Massive Deforestation

This post is an excerpt from Worldwatch Institute's Can a City Be Sustainable? (State of the World). Urban centers lie at the root of an important—and often neglected—source of emissions: deforestation. According to Senior Researcher Tom Prugh in Can a City Be Sustainable? (State … Continue Reading ››