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UN's Global Sustainability Panel presents blueprint for low-carbon prosperity

UN's Global Sustainability Panel presents blueprint for low-carbon prosperity | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The 22-member Panel, established by the Secretary-General in August 2010 to formulate a new blueprint for sustainable development and low-carbon prosperity, was co-chaired by Finnish President Tarja Halonen and South African President Jacob Zuma.

 

The Panel's final report, "Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing", contains 56 recommendations to put sustainable development into practice and to mainstream it into economic policy as quickly as possible.

 

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The future that workers need?

The recently released "zero draft" for the Rio+20 negotiations, lacks new commitments and concrete outcomes to advance sustainability, but workers have some concrete and achievable proposals.

 

Very good critique by SustainLabour, the International Labour Foundation for Sustainable Development, of the Rio+20 zero draft.

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Is China the global game-changer for sustainability?

Is China the global game-changer for sustainability? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The corridors at Davos are buzzing with discussion over China's growing commitment to sustainability, says Peter Lacy...

 

This analysis by Accenture's Sustainability Director Peter Lacy disregards a few fundamental aspects of China's spectacular rise. Read more of my comments on http://3eintelligence.wordpress.com

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Communicating sustainability via social media has become mainstream

Communicating sustainability via social media has become mainstream | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
More companies are using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs to talk about sustainability than ever before...

 

Interesting article from the Guardian's Sustainable Business blog.

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Sustainability rules over future EU regional funds - EurActiv

Sustainability rules over future EU regional funds - EurActiv | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The EU’s next budget is likely to include the first-ever binding document setting “stronger” and “clearer” objectives for regional funds to support sustainable development.

 

This would be a big step forward in strengthening the EU's sustainable development policy if the Commission can get these ideas accepted by member states.

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“Green shift” in industries could save $2 trillion for major world economies

“Green shift” in industries could save $2 trillion for major world economies | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

A new report by the World Economic Forum makes the case for an emergency transformation to sustainable consumption in a resource-constrained world.

 

The report "More with less: scaling sustainable consumption and resource efficiency" is an absolute must-read.

 

More about this report will be available from tomorrow via my 3E Intelligence blog http://3eintelligence.wordpress.com .

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Powering Sustainable Energy for All

Some argue that in times of economic uncertainty, sustainability is a luxury we cannot afford. I say that we cannot afford to wait. Science and economics reach the same conclusion: advancing economic growth, lifting people out of poverty and protecting our planet are all part of the same agenda: the sustainable development agenda. What connects them is energy. Sustainable energy for all is an idea whose time has come. Turning ideas into action depends on us all.

 

Good editorial by Ban Ki-Moon in NY Times.

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Eurobrat's comment, January 27, 2012 5:18 AM
Good piece Mr Ban, more convincing on TED by H.Rosling. http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_and_the_magic_washing_machine.html
Yes we can do it !
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WWF's alarm bell: economic bail-out plans hurt sustainability transition

WWF's alarm bell: economic bail-out plans hurt sustainability transition | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

WWF International has written letters to the European Commission and several international institutions warning that current "solutions" to the economic and financial crisis are detrimental to the long-term sustainability agenda for the planet.

 

"the crisis, in addition to being grounded in mismanagement of national finances, is a reflection of a deficient economic development model built on overconsumption and a steadily increasing ecological deficit and natural resource overexploitation".

 

Great press release - must-read for anyone with a passion for the Great Transition.

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2012: the year of the unreasonable

The next year is going to be an unreasonably difficult. We must be equally unreasonable in our ambitions for advancing sustainability, says Simon Zadek in this excellent editorial for the Guardian's Sustainable Business blog.

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3 Must-Have Apps for a Sustainable 2012

3 Must-Have Apps for a Sustainable 2012 | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
2012 is not going to be easy. But these apps will help you navigate the likely turbulence of the next 12 months.

 

Sally Uren of the UK's Forum for the Future presents 3 sustainability trends for 2012: rethink capitalism, get serious about collaborative consumption and take sustainability to the consumer. Interesting read.

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From Conspicuous Consumption to Collective Consumption

From Conspicuous Consumption to Collective Consumption | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

In the Social Europe Journal, Nat O'Connor looks at the challenge of sustainable consumption for social-democrat politicians and trade union leaders.

 

He rightly questions "three 'sacred cows' of traditional social democratic economic policy that may need to be genetically modified to become sustainable"

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Small is beautiful … but Schumacher's economics of scale runs deeper

Small is beautiful … but Schumacher's economics of scale runs deeper | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Andrew Simms: The Big Ideas: EF Schumacher was interested in appropriateness of scale, not smallness – a challenge the 'too big to fail' banks should heed..."


The Guardian has this excellent article by New Economics Foundations's Andrew Simms on the relevance of EF Schumacher for our current economic and sustainability crises.

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European Debt Crisis and Sustainability

European Debt Crisis and Sustainability | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Whether or not the Euro situation leads to disorder, there are innumerable other debt problems around the world that are likely to get worse, as world oil supply gets tighter. Countries are likely to go back into recession, or see anemic job growth, and their governments will try to fix the situation. Eventually, the “borrow your way to prosperity” approach will have to end, either though debt defaults or through unwillingness of investors to purchase more debt.

Gail Tverberg is becoming one of the authoritative thinkers on the links between our financial crisis and the energy/ecology collapse

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Davos policymakers are playing Global Apocalypse – and running out of lives

Davos policymakers are playing Global Apocalypse – and running out of lives | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
If the world economy was a video game, policymakers have been struggling to master the controls – and stuck on the first level, writes Larry Elliott...

 

Global Apocalypse Game has two versions: the economic debt crisis and the ecological debt crisis. You cannot win one without winning the other.

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Does Sustainability Increase Profits or Not?

Does Sustainability Increase Profits or Not? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A UN-backed survey conducted by Globescan and SustainAbility, of 642 senior executives, campaigners and academics found that the vast majority feel that pressure to deliver short-term financial results is impeding their sustainability efforts.

 

Good article from Triple Pundit, although wrong title question. Sustainability is not only about profits; it is about the long-term prosperity and durability of a company in times of increasing ecological and energy limits to traditional growth.

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U.N. sustainable development summit shifts from climate change

U.N. sustainable development summit shifts from climate change | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Representatives from around the world gather in Rio in June to try to hammer out goals for sustainable development at a U.N. conference designed to avoid being tripped up by the intractable issue of climate change." (Source: Reuters)

 

Reading this article makes you realise Rio negotiators have no clue on the real sustainability challenges. Come and read my comments on my 3E Intelligence blog: http://3eintelligence.wordpress.com

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Global health in 2012: development to sustainability

The old macroeconomic approach to solving poverty-related disease is simply insufficient to meet the demand of countries. At the same time, institutional tensions are growing—the Global Fund is in difficulty and WHO is facing a financial emergency. And there are new concepts forcing their way into global health agendas—such as integration and accountability. There is a view among some development experts that health has had its decade. It is time now for other sectors to take centre stage, such as agriculture or energy.

 

The Lancet has an excellent article on the link between health and sustainability in the run-up to the Rio+20 conference.

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Contre le discours dominant sur la dette publique

Contre le discours dominant sur la dette publique | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Deux narrations ... contradictoires de l'histoire de la dette publique déterminent deux réponses antagoniques. Selon l'histoire officielle, une cure sévère d'amaigrissement budgétaire s'impose, sans débat autre que sur les modalités, pour que la France restaure ses finances publiques et que ses entreprises redeviennent compétitives. Dans la narration alternative, à l'inverse, la clé de la situation réside dans une réforme fiscale redistributive, couplée à une cure amaigrissante et une mise sous tutelle... du secteur financier.

 

In Le Monde, five French academics provide one of the best analyses of the current European debt crisis.

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Reclaiming Brundtland in 2012

Reclaiming Brundtland in 2012 | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
As we enter the run-up to Rio+20, we need a new strategic compass that focuses on the needs and well-being of society and the planet, says Jules Peck...

 

Good analysis in the Guardian's Sustainable Business blog about the need to frame Rio+20 as a debate about the "true meaning of prosperity, through a focus on needs and wellbeing".

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The Failure of Governance in a Hyperconnected World

The World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2012 report explores dystopian threats (failed globalisation), system safeguards (20th century institutions for 21st century challenges) and the "dark side" of the Internet (source: NY Times opinion pages).

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It's time for sustainable development

It's time for sustainable development | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Julia Day: Activists, NGOs and academics want Rio+20 to put sustainable development and poverty reduction at the heart of global politics.

 

At the Guardian's PovertyMatters blog, Julia Day provides a realistic assessment of the state of play and hopes for Rio+20.

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The world's 'alternative' Nobel Prize: an award fit for the 21st century - The Ecologist

The world's 'alternative' Nobel Prize: an award fit for the 21st century - The Ecologist | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
How a rejection by the Nobel Committee spurred Jakob von Uexkull to create the Right Livelihood Award celebrating the solutions helping to ensure a healthy planet and people...

 

Excellent article in The Ecologist on the history of the Alternative Nobel Prize. Worth reading!

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Naomi Klein's Inconvenient Climate Conclusions

Naomi Klein's Inconvenient Climate Conclusions | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A critic of capitalism argues that climate progress can only come through a global economic reboot.

 

The NY Times Dot Earth blog has an interesting discussion between Naomi Klein and Andrew Revkin.

 

Klein makes a very convincing case about the lack of courage of the environmental movement to confront the real implications of our sustainability crisis (of which climate is the most important but only one dimension).

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Sustainable Good Society: Why the European Way is Still the Best Hope in an Insecure Age

"In the post-collapse era, economic and ecological sustainability increasingly will take center stage. Despite the eurozone crisis, Europe’s social capitalism, steady state economy, pluralistic democracies and environmental policies still provide the best foundation for comprehensive sustainability."

 

American Steven Hill has this challenging analysis in the Social Europe Journal. Although he has the right diagnosis of the world's economic and ecological crisis, his views on Europe's "awareness of the need for comprehensive sustainability" seem a bit too rosy. He also uses a definition of the "steady state economy" which is too close to the "sustainable growth" paradigm.

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Sorry Mr. Monti but Europe will need a Project Phoenix.

Sorry Mr. Monti but Europe will need a Project Phoenix. | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

... we do not need just a Treaty change, we need a new European narrative and a new social contract with European citizens built around a new definition of prosperity and a strategy to defend our European social welfare. We need to go “beyond GDP” and re-think our future as Europeans. The “kicking the ball forward” strategies that we are witnessing now are the flames which might in the end burn our great European house. Europe is not reduced to ashes yet but if we remain locked into the 1992 narrative and vision of Europe, we will need a project Phoenix before the end of this decade. Let’s start thinking about it.

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