Archived articles from 2002

 

A Call for Appropriate Action

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

The 1972 Stockholm UN conference on the environment, the first of its kind, was based around the theme Only One Earth'. It tried to take stock of the enormity of the new human impacts. The 1992 UN Rio Earth Summit defined the imperative of sustainable development ñ meeting the needs of all people, now and in the future, while...

 

Can we create a local world?

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

25 years after the death of E.F. Schumacher, the author of Small is Beautiful, economic globalisation has expanded in rich and poor countries alike to the detriment of local self-determination. Sustainable develop- ment is often top down, and tends to ignore the concerns of people in their neighbourhoods and communities.

 

Choose positive Energy

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

An Action Plan with specific proposals for the Global Proliferation of Renewable Energy will be presented at the Earth Summit. The World Council for Renewable Energy is making an appeal to the international community to form the Group of Renewable and Efficiency Energy Nations ñ GREEN nations - as a key strategy for sustainable development.

 

People's Earth Summit

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Gaia's Director, Liz Hosken, says: 'There is a real hunger amongst ordinary people for positive change. At present countless individuals and groups are already involved in working for the common good in a wide variety of ways. An eagerness and creativity exists in a great many of us to make a difference but, too often, our voices are not...

 

World Futures Council

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Members will include respected moral figures, civil society and youth leaders and distinguished former members of parliament. They will advise the planned electronic parliament which is being set up on the internet to further global democracy.

 

Campaigning for Global Democracy

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Since then, we have started an audit of democratic accountability in international decision-making bodies, turning the spotlight on 20 inter-governmental agencies, corporations and NGOs including the Bank of International Settlements, World Trade Organisation, IMF, NATO and International Chamber of Commerce. As a result, several bodies have already started to change their procedures to become more open and accountable. The...

 

Mountain of Hope

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

In August this year 60,000 delegates will descend on Johannesburg for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Down the road, a disused water tower on a barren mountain in the heart of Soweto is fast becoming an iconic landmark of social potential. It is being reclaimed and transformed into a creative hub fusing traditional and contemporary music, discussion, organic...

 

Mountain of Hope

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

In August this year 60,000 delegates will descend on Johannesburg for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Down the road, a disused water tower on a barren mountain in the heart of Soweto is fast becoming an iconic landmark of social potential. It is being reclaimed and transformed into a creative hub fusing traditional and contemporary music, discussion, organic...

 

Messengers of Hope

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

'The Messengers Campaign aims to challenge people's perspectives on sustainability and development,' explained Rowenna, who began campaigning at the age of seven when she created an anti-litter poster and mailed it to every house in her street.

 

Ark of Hope

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Caught up in his enthusiasm Sally, who launched the Temenos project, felt that to win people's hearts and minds it must find some form of universal artistic expression. The Temenos is an ancient Greek concept; a sacred circle in which the impossible becomes possible. Reflecting on the Earth Charter, each of four artists made a Temenos book into which...

 

Planting Trees to Soak UP Travel Emissions

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Carbon dioxide is produced when any fossil fuel (such as aircraft fuel) is burnt. It is a greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming. Sarah Bowdler, a member of the junior board explained 'we wanted to make this conference as green as possible. We came to the conference to find environmental solutions not create more problems so the Junior...

 

Restoring the Earth

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

For the World Summit on Sustainable Development to be truly successful, it will need to produce ambitious but achievable plans, and firm com-mitments to their implementation from governments and other bodies, to address the deteriorating state of our planet, and to fulfil the basic needs of people throughout the world. The various preparatory events produced little cause for optimism,...

 

ROSE: Restore Our World Save Our Earth

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Without substantial pressure created by genuine co-operation it is unlikely that any of the current issues that threaten our world, or humanity, will be given the necessary attention or resources to make the difference, given the power of vested interests and the lack of current political resolve.

 

Aspiring to Universal Brotherhood

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

We realise that what affects anyone, anywhere affects everyone, everywhere.

 

Living Planet 2002

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Data for 350 kinds of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish show that the numbers of many species have more than halved. Unless we change our ways, experts say that the seas will become emptied of fish while forests, which absorb carbon dioxide emis-sions, are completely destroyed and freshwater supplies become scarce and polluted.

 

Utopian Vision Practical Steps

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

We may get support from some governments, but the lead must come from people who share this vision. There are many starting points towards a co-operative free market economy, where people seek useful niches, not competitive advantage, information sharing to spread best practice, and public ratings to build trust. Green information networks at local and larger levels can enable...

 

The Global Environmental Outlook

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

The Global Environment Outlook, compiled for the UN, also charts the environmental degradation of the last 30 years and forecasts the destruction of 70% of the natural world in next 30 with mass extinction of species, more than half the world afflicted by water shortages and the collapse of human society in many countries.

 

Mission Antartica

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

In 1996/1997 Mission Antartica took 35 young people from 25 Nations, many of them from countries in conflict. They co-operated with the Russian government to remove a 1,000 tons of rubbish from the Bellinghausen station on the edge of the Antartic. This decisive action is part of their message to the World Summit in Johannesburg.

 

Peace One Day

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Three years ago film maker, Jeremy Gilley, began an experiment to find out if an individual could create the first Global Ceasefire Day in the recorded history of humankind. This year, as a result of his efforts, the first Global Ceasefire Day will be held on the UN International Day of Peace on September 21st.

 

Global Ceasefire – September 21st 2002

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

'If you want to build a house, you start with one brick. If we want to create peace, we must start with one day.'