Perspective: Shouldn’t We Treat Farmers More Like Ministers?

The life of a religious minister is a curious one, seemingly unique in human society. Whether a rabbi, priest, roshi, bishop, elder, imam, reverend, or any other title, these women and men around the world form an integral part of cultures and communities. But why? Their daily tasks and contributions to society are fundamentally different … Continue Reading ››

3 Ways Your Food Choices Could Reverse Desertification

On World Day to Combat Desertification (June 17), explore how agriculture has contributed to desertification, how it can help reverse this trend, and what you can do right now.

Eight decades have passed since “black blizzards”—massive dust storms—blocked sunlight and smothered people, animals, and vegetation in the American Great Plains. Due in large part to … 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 ››

Three Reasons the Energy Transition Is a Bumpy Ride

The energy world is changing fast. Investments in renewable energy are outpacing investments in traditional energy. But both traditional power providers and startups are struggling to find viable business models for an industry in transition. Among the first to feel the sweeping changes in the energy sector were utilities in developed countries that have a high share of … Continue Reading ››

7 Keys to Shaping Sustainable Cities

Cities are the world’s future. More than half of the world’s people live in cities, and the urbanization trend is continuing. Will the world invest in shaping livable, equitable, and sustainable cities? “The path to a sustainable city starts with a vision,” explains Gary Gardner, co-director of the our newest book, Can a City Be … Continue Reading ››

Society or Sustainability: Must Europe Make a Choice?

In the world of public policy, welfare and climate belong to separate spheres of interest. Yet there are many reasons why they should more often be considered in tandem. In Europe, the welfare state is a comprehensive mix of government policies and legal frameworks in social policy, education, health, and housing. While there are considerable differences … Continue Reading ››

What is the Social Future of Cities? 6 Expert Insights

Can cities shift their systems and structures to become sustainable? This is the second of two exclusive sneak peeks into our newest State of the World publication, Can a City Be Sustainable?, scheduled for official release on May 10, 2016. Join us for the launch symposium in Washington, D.C. or livestream online. Here … Continue Reading ››

Vision for a Sustainable World