The Rio+20 conference has been seen by many as largely a failure, given a tepid official statement that avoided any meaningful new action on behalf of sustainable development. Some observers, however, argue that this is the wrong focus. In the aftermath of Rio, Jacob Scherr of the Natural Resources Defense Council wrote that “the … Continue Reading ››
In a sustainable world, the built environment would be in balance with the natural environment. Unfortunately, we are far from there. From single-family homes to soaring skyscrapers, buildings account for a significant share of global resource use. Constructing and operating these structures consumes 25 to 40 percent of the energy produced worldwide and contributes 30 … Continue Reading ››
Although most analysts assume that the world’s population will rise from today’s 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, it is quite possible that humanity will never reach this population size.
My chapter in this year’s State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity, “Nine Population Strategies to Stop Short of 9 Billion,” outlines … Continue Reading ››
In an interview this week in the StarPhoenix of Saskatoon, Canada, urban issues expert Diana Lind discusses the power of technology to enhance sustainable living in urban and rural areas. Lind is the executive director of the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Next American City and a contributing author of the Worldwatch Institute’s State of … Continue Reading ››
Government officials, scientists, activists, and others who participated in the Rio+20 conference last month, strived to reorient international policies so that they are less damaging to Earth’s climate, environment, and populations. In an effort to guide discussions in advance of the conference and initiatives afterward, the global conservation group WWF has released the latest edition … Continue Reading ››
“The Rio conference is over before it has even started.” This was a common reaction among many participants and observers at Rio+20, following the release of what became the final conference agreement, The Future We Want, by the Brazilian hosts three days before the end of the gathering. This happened even before heads of … Continue Reading ››
By Seyyada A Burney
Last week’s Rio+20 Conference brought together 50,000 NGOs, policymakers, and activists from around the world to discuss sustainability. Unfortunately, many groups, including organizations that support reproductive health and women’s rights, went home disappointed with the final outcome document, The Future We Want. In a statement released … Continue Reading ››
Crossposted from RH Reality Check.
by Vicky Markham, Center for Environment and Population (CEP)
Climate Wise Women at Rio+20: Constance Okollet, Ngozika Onuzo, Tracy Mann, Ulamila Kurai Wragg, Sharon Hanshaw. (Photo credti: RH Reality Check)
The Rio+20 conference is now entering its last days, … Continue Reading ››
Nourishing the Planet Director Danielle Nierenberg was featured on Al Jazeera English where she called for increased emphasis on women’s health and reproductive rights at the Rio+20 Conference.
“If women have access to the resources they need…they can make a real impact,” said Nierenberg. “Study after study shows that the more women … Continue Reading ››