Publication Series on Ecology 22: The idea of growth as the way to end poverty and escape economic and financial crisis remains largely undisputed and is currently reflected in the concept of the green economy. But not everything that is “green” and efficient is also environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. This essay outlines a policy of less, of wealth in moderation, to enable the Earth’s resources to make a life of dignity and without need possible for all.
Publication Series on Ecology 21: The Future We Want – the motto chosen by the UN in the run-up to the June 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) – is certainly forward-looking. Rio+20 is supposed to define routes towards a safer, fairer, greener, and cleaner world. But the blueprints for a green economy are devoid of gender perspectives. Christa Wichterich’s essay takes a closer look on the relations between feminism and ecology.
Publication Series on Ecology 20: The global crisis of unsustainability is not only a crisis of the hardware of civilization, it is also a crisis of the software of minds. Therefore we need a global (environ)mental change, that is a transformation process to affect the many relationships between our minds and their environments.
Publication Series on Ecology 15: In this paper we take a closer look at a region that could be a pioneer for regional cooperation in the EU: the Baltic Sea Region. As the first region with a European Union regional cooperation initiative and with a long-lasting tradition of cooperation, this region could play an essential role in showing the EU the way forward by sharing their large potential of diverse renewable energy sources.
This paper is a document that describes the drivers behind marginal oil investments and gives an overview of existing and potential projects across the globe. It contains important analysis that should be public knowledge and will productively feed the ongoing debate, from Cancun to Durban to Rio and beyond.
Publication Series on Ecology 14: In light of the recent ecological, financial and economic crisis, criticizing the all-powerful paradigm of economic growth is necessary. But growth as will and representation not only pervades corporate headquarters, stock exchanges and ministries, but also our heads.
Publication Series on Ecology 13: Climate justice requires a fair and equitable sharing of emission reduction targets as well as of financial contributions from public sources, but Copenhagen has not delivered the fair, ambitious and legally binding agreement that many hoped for, and the world now seems further away from it than ever.
Publication Series on Ecology 8: Climate change has overwhelming repercussions for international food security and the right to adequate food. Changing weather patterns impact people’s ability to obtain access to sufficient food in many ways: expanding droughts affect crop yields, ocean acidification alters ecosystems and causes fish populations to decrease, and extreme weather conditions destroy entire ecosystems, including the food sources growing within.
Publication Series on Ecology 6: While the nations of the North have been polluting the atmosphere, the effects of climate change are mainly felt among the poorest levels of society in the nations of the South. These peoples are faced with the destruction of their living space, and their already tenuous rights to water, food, housing, and education are further threatened by climate change.