Tag Archives: sustainability

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 ››

Whether or Not Cheering Is Warranted, There Are Ways to Celebrate World Population Day

As we advance well into the 21st century, what are we to make of World Population Day, which falls—thanks to a 1989 declaration of the United Nations—every year on July 11?

World Population Day was first informally celebrated in 1987, with the date chosen as the UN’s best guess as to when the world’s population … Continue Reading ››

Is There a Place for Family Planning Advocacy in Environmental Work?

Ask environmental leaders where voluntary family planning fits into their organizations’ missions and goals, and most will draw a blank. Their tasks are hard and often controversial enough without promoting expanded access to contraception, some might respond. Others might dismiss the importance of family planning with statements along the lines of “it’s not our numbers, but … Continue Reading ››

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 ››

“Convince Them to Say It”: Environmental Researchers and the Touchy Topics of Family Planning and Population

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As a young and promising marine biologist, Camilo Mora led a team of 55 scientists assessing the rapid decline of fish on the world’s coral reefs. It was a global enterprise with broad implications. Hundreds of millions of people rely on reef fish for their primary source of animal protein.

Five Minutes at the COP21: Climate and Cities with Boping Chen

Join us as we sit with Boping Chen from World Future Council to discuss the importance of cities in the latest climate negotiations. Boping explains what is different about this year's UNFCCC Conference of Parties, what challenges negotiators are facing, and what she hopes to see in the final text.

Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability (Part 3): Social Shifts

What questions are being overlooked or underappreciated when we talk about the world of tomorrow? This is the last of three exclusive sneak peeks into our newest State of the World publication, scheduled for official release April 13, 2015. Join us for the launch symposium in Washington, DC or livestream online.
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Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability (Part 2): Pushing Limits

What questions are being overlooked or underappreciated when we talk about the world of tomorrow? This is the second of three exclusive sneak peeks into our newest State of the World publication, scheduled for official release April 13, 2015. Join us for the launch symposium in Washington, DC or Continue Reading ››

Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability (Part 1): Economic Boundaries

What questions are being overlooked or underappreciated when we talk about the world of tomorrow? This is the first of three exclusive sneak peeks into our newest State of the World publication, scheduled for official release April 13, 2015. Join us for the launch symposium in Washington, DC or … Continue Reading ››