The threat of climate change and global warming, fueled by relentless commercialization and excessive consumption, has turned into a fighting ground for both policymakers and concerned citizens. The coming decade is set to determine not only a collective response to reducing carbon emissions, but the entire future direction for international development and the global justice movement.
Current consumption and production patterns are unsustainable. It is becoming apparent that efficiency gains and technological advances cannot substantially reduce the global environmental impact of Western lifestyles, finds a report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
After the failure of the Copenhagen talks, the world's social movements united in Cochabamba to establish a radical agreement that calls on governments to combine meaningful emission cuts with a wholesale transformation of the global economy, writes Anna White.
With official climate negotiations making little progress, the Bolivian government is hosting a people’s conference to democratise the discussion on global warming. Not straitjacketed by narrow economic interests, the aim in Cochabamba is to advance a just and effective way forward rather than a compromise.
As the environmental movement looks towards the next climate change summit in Mexico, there are several underlying issues that remain unresolved: climate change denial, the problem of the USA, and the obsession
with market mechanisms displayed by the major wealthy countries. By Michael Prior.
Global warming is symptomatic of a development model based on the exploitation of people as well as the environment. Robust, long-lasting solutions to climate change must be inherently equitable in order to be sustainable, argue Shalini Gupta and Cecilia Martinez.
The US oil company Koch Industries has donated nearly US$48 million to organisations spreading anti-global warming propaganda. These findings prove environmentalists’ suspicions that there is a well-funded opposition to the science of climate change, says a report by Greenpeace.
Recent scepticism over the significance of greenhouse gas emissions that result from burgeoning meat production misses the point. The wider environmental impacts of the ‘livestock revolution’, such as overuse of water and deforestation, can no longer be ignored, writes Jeremy Hance.