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STWR have published a book version of the popular dialogue with Mohammed Sofiane Mesbahi, titled ‘The intersection of politics and spirituality in addressing the climate crisis’. The extended interview with Mesbahi—now available in print for a wider audience—provides an inspiring answer to the most important question...
The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” it states. “To secure a sustainable...
It's time to reclaim the policy space lost to footloose capital by creating a new public realm at the global level, writes Richard Kozul-Wright for openDemocracy's Oureconomy. This week in Washington, the international community will be recalling the achievement of their forebears who, seventy five years ago, with...
The climate crisis is driving alarming levels of hunger in the world, undermining food security in the world’s most vulnerable regions, according to this year’s global hunger index. The annual report, a ranking of 117 countries measuring hunger rates and trends, shows progress since 2000 but warns that the world...
Combining analysis, outrage and active citizenship can build and sustain large-scale public engagement, writes Stephen McCloskey for openDemocracy Transformation. While Greta Thunberg has mostly targeted governments and multilateral bodies for their failure to tackle the climate crisis, the global Climate...
Our planet needs action on a truly planetary scale. That cannot be achieved overnight, and it cannot happen without the full engagement of those contributing most to the crisis, writes the UN secretary general. On the eve of the September UN climate action summit, young women and men around the world mobilized by the...
Regenerating the planet through biodiversity-based ecological processes has become a survival imperative for the human species and all beings. It is not just a climate solution, but also a path to eradicating world hunger, explains Dr. Vandana Shiva for IPS news. The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4...
A package of economic justice bills from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aim to improve the lives of the nearly 40 million Americans in poverty, including a resolution for the United States to finally ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. By Jessica Corbett for Common Dreams. ...
The Sanders plan for a Green New Deal recognizes that unprecedented international cooperation will be needed—with the US doing its fair share—if we’re to have any hope of solving the climate crisis. By Tom Athanasiou for The Nation. Bernie Sanders’s Green New Deal is nothing short of remarkable. It faces the climate...
Christian Aid and other faith-based organisations are calling for global leaders to tackle the poverty and inequality which has fuelled the environmental crisis. By Dr Rowan Williams. he scale of the devastation caused by the wildfires still raging in the Amazon is hard to comprehend. This is a rainforest that...
We need a positive vision of internationalism that acts as a countervailing power against ethno-nationalist demagoguery, shunting us on an alternative path - before it’s too late, writes Laurie Laybourn-Langton. The spirit of international cooperation is an advanced state of decay — and last week’s G7 Summit offered...
Countries that are home to one-fourth of Earth’s population face an increasingly urgent risk: The prospect of running out of water. From India to Iran to Botswana, 17 countries around the world are currently under extremely high water stress, meaning they are using almost all the water they have, according to new...
Humanity faces increasingly painful trade-offs between food security and rising temperatures within decades unless it curbs emissions and stops unsustainable farming and deforestation, a landmark climate assessment has warned. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that efforts to limit...
Current plans to cut global carbon emissions are nowhere near strong enough to keep temperatures below the so-called safe limit - and 2020 is a deadline for action, explains Matt McGrath. Do you remember the good old days when we had "12 years to save the planet"? Now it seems, there's a growing consensus that the...
The drive for continuous economic growth is the fatal flaw in the UN's plan to end poverty and save the planet, writes Joan Martinez Alier and Nick Meynen.  The most ambitious internationally agreed plan to make this world a better place are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But during their annual review...