How Humans Are Destroying Themselves – Food For Thought

When bankers manage the commons Chris Andrew and John Crawford Human consumption has reached the point where there is no part of the Earth system where our impact cannot be felt. We are now essentially managing a “global commons” in the sense used in the controversial paper by Garrett Hardin in 1968. In other words […]

How Environmental Activists Can Save The World

An open letter to the green movement Last week, Charles Secrett argued that 40 years after the birth of the modern environment movement, it has turned into an unwieldy behemoth and its tactics have stalled. This prompted criticism that he is out of touch with the movement. Here, in an open letter to green campaigners, […]

Empathy and Leadership

The Change Maker – Bill Drayton on Empathy and Leadership He explains how empathy is key to effective collaboration in a rapidly changing world, and the art of listening When Bill Drayton stepped out of his McKinsey career to start Ashoka, he was driven by one central idea: Entrepreneurs are very special. They sense opportunities […]

A Thrivable World Emerges

A Thrivable World Emerges There’s all this talk about breakdown when actually there’s also a breakthrough happening at the same time. It’s a thrivable world that emerges even as this old industrial order collapses. We’re making a world that works; that promises for more people better opportunities; and creates better futures for […]

Climate change is real: an open letter from the scientific community

It’s undeniable: our planet is changing. NASA Today, The Conversation launches a two-week series from the nation’s top minds on the science behind climate change and the efforts of “sceptics” to cloud the debate. The overwhelming scientific evidence tells us that human greenhouse gas emissions are resulting in climate changes that cannot be explained by […]

The Protection of the environment is a matter of “Global Security”

The Protection of the environment is a matter of “Global Security” More important than the nuclear issue that plagues the world. Nuclear weapons can be destroyed, the environment can not be destroyed and not recycled. The defense of the environment is above ideologies, party politics, theologies, philosophical doctrines, ideologies of left or right. The Environmental […]

Anthropocene- Geologists press for recognition of Earth-changing ‘human epoch’

Experts want the human imprint in the geological record to be acknowledged as a new epoch, the Anthropocene These are epoch-making times. Literally. There is now “compelling evidence”, according to an influential group of geologists, that humans have had such an impact on the planet that we are entering a new phase of geological time: […]

Nobel laureates: ‘we are transgressing planetary boundaries that have kept civilization safe for the past 10,000 years’

Nobel laureates: ‘we are transgressing planetary boundaries that have kept civilization safe for the past 10,000 years’ Jeremy Hance May 23, 2011 Last week the 3rd Nobel Laureates Symposium on Global Sustainability concluded with participants—including 17 past Nobel Prize winners and 40 other experts—crafting and signing the Stockholm Memorandum. The document calls for […]

Health and wealth of the world 200 countries, 200years, 4 minutes

A fascinating look at the health and wealth of the world 200 countries,200years,4 minutes As the title of this video states, it shows Hans Rosling’s brilliant interpretation of 120,000 statistics spanning 200 countries over 200 years. The incredible part of it all is that he illustrates it in a very interesting, simple way, and in […]

The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia’s Historic Bill

A new law expected to pass in Bolivia mandates a fundamental ecological reorientation of the nation’s economy and society. by Nick Buxton Indigenous and campesino (small-scale farmer) movements in the Andean nation of Bolivia are on the verge of pushing through one of the most radical environmental bills in global history. The “Mother Earth” law […]