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Test before you crash: sustainability impact assessments to make Rio+20 deliver

Jun 21, 2012 No Comments by

Guest Blogger: Louis Meuleman (senior fellow, Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston) When we buy a product, we expect that it was tested thoroughly on possible health impacts or risks before it arrived in the shop. Similarly, we probably also expect that government decisions are tested beforehand, as they can result in [...]

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Representing the Interests of Future Generations

Jun 18, 2012 No Comments by

Guest Blogger: Sébastien Duyck from Rio One of the key questions to be addressed in Rio is how the interests of future generations can be taken into consideration and whether the interests of future generations will become central to the definition of sustainable development. Thirty countries now include references to intergenerational responsibility in their national constitutions. [...]

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Looking toward Rio 2012: Recognizing Children as Essential Stakeholders in the Green Economy Agenda

Jul 17, 2011 1 Comment by

Guest Blog by Earth Child Institute. Almost twenty years ago, at the first UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Agenda 21 was established. Agenda 21 delivered a forward looking plan of action for sustainable development which highlighted the importance of expanding children’s access to education at international, regional, national, [...]

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Journey of the Universe Documentary

May 01, 2011 No Comments by

Journey of the Universe is a new documentary made by an acclaimed team of internationally recognized scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers. Filmed on the Greek island of Samos, birthplace of mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme guides the viewer on an exploration into enduring questions such as the birth of the cosmos, current evolutionary dynamics, and frontiers of [...]

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Eyes for Change: Design’s Role in Successful Governance

Apr 21, 2011 No Comments by

Summary of an article in the Seed Magazine by Paola Antonelli, the senior curator of Design and Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art:   Whether we are aware of it or not, design is in everything around us. Every building, park, city, organization and social project is designed. For those who know how to use [...]

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Bolivia to Grant Equal Rights to Mother Earth

Apr 21, 2011 No Comments by

Bolivia will soon pass The Law of Mother Earth, the world’s first law giving all nature equal rights to humans, which will hopefully reduce carbon and control industrial pollution. Bolivia has taken a strong stance on demanding steep carbon emission cuts and challenges other world powers to do the same. Bolivia is feeling the effects of climate change with rising temperatures, [...]

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