The UN's High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability published a report in January that calls for a radical redesign of the global economy, declaring that “tinkering around the margins” will no longer suffice.
n June, the UN Conference on sustainable developmentwill take place in Rio. Oceans are one of the main priorities and I will bring to the “Rio plus 20″ conference the EU commitment to move forward on several fronts, towards ambitious goals.
The impact of our plans to phase out discards will be lessened in the absence of a roadmap for the rest of the world. The same goes for illegal fishing: we have to seize the opportunity to step up international commitment and work toward a worldwide catch certification scheme.
Arizona Senate Bill 1507, is a bill that would serve the sole purpose of prohibiting the Rio Declaration in Arizona. If passed, what would be the potential ramifications with regard to the health, vibrancy and economic future of our state?
Evidence that people just don’t like Smart Growth is revealed in findings from organizations set up to promote Smart Growth. In 2009, the Washington Post reported, “Scholars at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education found that over a decade, smart growth has not made a dent in Maryland's war on sprawl.”
I’m writing this on a plane, on my way home from four conferences on the “new economy.” Clearly there is rapidly growing interest in this subject, due in no small degree to the ongoing disintegration, and worsening dysfunction, of our present economic system. All four conferences (one in Berkeley; one in Tarrytown, New York; one at Harvard, organized by students; and one at the United Nations) were interesting and important, but the UN conference on “High Level Meeting on Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm,” organized by the nation of Bhutan, was especially noteworthy.
This is a solar-powered shipping container house in Nederland, Colorado. It was designed by Studio H:T and completed in 2010 with two shipping containers that straddle a social and open central area with the kitchen, living room, and a loft,...
When you think of climate change, you probably think of greenhouse gases and the odd behavior of the weather lately. But when I think of climate change, I worry about what it means for our nation’s wetlands, estuaries and fisheries, as well as water infrastructure.
Nearly every company markets itself as one of the good guys and makes some effort to show they are good corporate citizens. But is “being good” really part of your company’s core values? Let’s be honest, how many companies consistently consider their impact on people and the planet when making decisions? Does yours? If you are genuinely committed to the triple bottom line, you should flaunt it. Better yet, incorporate your commitment to a better world into your company’s purpose. The B Corp movement is redefining what it means to be successful in business.
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