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.
Leading scientists have called on the upcoming Rio Summit to grapple with environmental ills that they said pointed to "a humanitarian emergency on a global scale". A report from the four-day conference of the international scientific community, Planet Under Pressure.
Global greenhouse gas
emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050 without more ambitious
climate policies, as fossil fuels continue to dominate the
energy mix, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
The model for 'sustainable development' as espoused in official UN documents cannot withstand a serious critique. A real sustainability requires a change of economic paradigm, not a continuation of the industrialist/capitalist/consumerist economic model that is dependent on unimpaired profits, writes
South Africa suffered a sobering
case of civil society failure at the COP17 climate summit
last December. This doesn’t auger well for unity in future campaigns to save the climate, nor for mobilising to save the SA economy from the Minerals-Energy Complex and its own finance ministers, says Patrick Bond.
Blue Planet Prize laureates represented by
Dr. Robert Watson presented their joint paper at a meeting held by the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya, warning that abuse of the environment has created an 'absolutely unprecedented' emergency.
can be encouraged to behave more sustainably without lowering their
quality of life, starting with millennium consumption goals for the
rich that parallel the millennium development goals for the poor, writes Prof. Mohan Munasinghe.
The evidence suggests that sharing the world's resources can secure social justice for all without overstepping key environmental goals. But this will require that the rich consume considerably less and redistribute wealth and resources more equitably, explains George Monbiot.