This report sets out how we are losing biodiversity at a faster rate than ever. According to the report global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles have already declined by 58% between 1970 and 2012. And this trend is expected to continue due to our overexploitation of ecological resources. The report argues that “transitioning toward a resilient planet entails a transformation in which human development is decoupled from environmental degradation and social exclusion.”
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A central theme of this book is that the “concept of the Green Economy offers a new model, based primarily on large-scale technological solutions. But the Green Economy cares little about politics, barely registers human rights, does not recognize social actors and suggests the possibility of reform without conflict. It suggests that the world as we know it can continue with green growth.”
The introduction notes that: “Green Economy is a source of both hope and controversy. For some, it points the way out of permanent environmental and economic crises and promises to reconcile – a long cherished Utopia – ecology and economics. It fosters the hope that we can hang on to our current high standard of material prosperity.”
The GGKP was established in January 2012 by the Global Green Growth Institute, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank. It is a global network that “offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and […]
Does recognising that coastal and marine ecosystems capture carbon emissions mean an economic value should be placed on them? Or will this lead to more competition to control these areas? The Blue Carbon Initiative hosted by Conservation International and IUCN defines blue carbon as “the […]
Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) / 2016 These introductory learning materials provide basic information about different areas of the green economy. PAGE notes that “green economy is gaining momentum and attracting the attention of policy-makers, civil society stakeholders, and business agents from around […]
This report argues that REDD+, a mechanism to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, is a “not a solution to climate change” and instead locks in the existing model of industrial agriculture which is one of the drivers of deforestation and therefore contributing to climate change.
There are growing calls for green transformations. This book explores what this means in practice and who will push it forward. “Transformations are inevitably multiple and contested” and so “politics and power are important to how pathways are shaped, which pathways win out and why, and who benefits from them”
Is valuing nature as natural capital the way to reduce environmental degradation or a dangerous distraction that will commodify the environment? Alongside debates on if we should value natural capital is another question that is very rarely asked: who should value nature? This exclusive interview with Pavan Sukhdev is […]
United Nations Environment Programme / 2011 This landmark report published by the UNEP in 2011 went a long way to putting the concept of the green economy on the international agenda ahead of the Rio+20 conference in 2012. Read report The Green Economy Report argues the reason why there […]
The Social PreCOP climate change summit brought together representatives of over 40 governments and nearly 80 civil society organisations. The meeting was held in Venezuela between 4- 7 November 2014. It was an unprecedented meeting of grassroots groups with governments in the build up to the official UN climate change negotiations, the next major conference will be held in Peru during December 2014