All posts by Gaelle Gourmelon

Greenwashing: 5 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 ››

Art Transforms Plastic Pollution: Washed Ashore

“I came to the ocean to heal, but found an ocean that needed healing.” That was the realization that inspired artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi to dedicate her life to saving the sea. Her medium? Trash. When Pozzi suddenly lost her husband, she took time to look for something meaningful and constant. Her search led her back … Continue Reading ››

Hundreds of Cities Commit to Combating Emissions

Through bold climate commitments, 228 cities around the world are taking the lead on climate action.

Over 200 cities have set greenhouse gas reduction goals or targets. Action in these urban areas, which represent a combined population of 439 million people, could propel countries to meet their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)—the national greenhouse gas reduction … Continue Reading ››