Tag Archives: climate change

Having Your Bit of Cake and Eating It Too?

Downsizing, the film by Alexander Payne, which follows Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) as he decides to shrink himself to 5 inches tall and moves to the downsized colony of Leisureland, had great promise as a conversation starter about sustainability, and in some ways it succeeded, but in many ways it reinforced the same myths society … Continue Reading ››

This is the New Training Ground for Climate Activists

Student organizers on college and university campuses have begun pushing—hard—for institutional endowments and other funds to be stripped clean of investments that support the fossil fuel industry. Today, a movement that began in the United States is finding global reach. The effort also has moved beyond higher education to challenge other institutions to consider their … Continue Reading ››

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 ››

Schools in Portland, Oregon Drop “Doubt” from Climate Change Lessons

Bill Bigelow shares a look at how schools in Portland are rejecting traditional (and insufficient) ways to teach students about climate change. This article is excerpted from the latest edition of State of the World which examines how, by rethinking education, people worldwide can better adapt to a rapidly changing planet. According to a recent survey by … Continue Reading ››

Agricultural Workers Are on the Front Line of Climate Change

Due to long hours outdoors, interacting with heavy machinery, and exposure to toxic chemicals, farmers and other agricultural workers are already vulnerable to a variety of occupational hazards that can threaten their physical health and well-being. These hazards range from heat-related illness, physical injury, and noise-induced hearing loss to respiratory diseases. Now, research is unveiling … 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 ››

Rebuilding Healthy Soil for a Changing Climate

To celebrate the recent World Food Day (October 16), learn how food production can be transformed from a greenhouse gas emitter to a carbon sink by improving soil biology. Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” This year’s message from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization for World Food Day is timely … Continue Reading ››

Why Your Stuff Turns to Junk and Cooks the Planet

Much of the energy of the environmental movement and of policymaking is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through low- or zero-carbon development. This is a necessary and, in many ways, proper focus. But it is too narrow an approach to deal successfully with the broader challenge of endless growth in consumption, which is a … 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 ››

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 ››