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The trillion dollar climate finance challenge (and opportunity)

Mangrove seedlings are planted in an estuary in Bali to help fight erosion.

UNDP/Tim Laman Mangrove seedlings are planted in an estuary in Bali to help fight erosion.
   It’s overwhelmingly accepted that climate change is a very significant threat to humanity and while there are countless solutions to tackling what has been described by the UN as the “existential threat” of our times, it is still not fully clear how these solutions will be paid for.

   Investments in renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure are growing, however from January 2020 to March 2021, globally, more money was spent on fossil fuels, which when burned, create the harmful gasses driving climate change. Continue reading

Ecosystem restoration: an inspirational plan for people and planet

The Altiplano Estepario, a semi-arid steppe in Southern Spain which is undergoing restoration © AlVelAl

The Altiplano Estepario, a semi-arid steppe in Southern Spain which is undergoing restoration © AlVelAl

Our planet’s ecosystems are essential for life on Earth, and with threats from climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, there has never been a more urgent need to revive them. The UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, which launched in June and runs until 2030, is a call to action to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide.

Not-for-profit organisation Commonland, one of the 61 official partners of the UN Decade, is leading the way. It created a framework for carrying out large-scale, long-term restoration initiatives across the globe. Based in the Netherlands, the international organisation has set its sights on transforming 100 million hectares of degraded land into thriving ecosystems and communities by 2040, an area twice the size of Spain.

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PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE

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 In Colombia’s tropical dry forests these seeds are the oxygen that you will breathe in the future.

NOURISHING A COMMUNITY, GERMINATING A FUTURE

Particularly memorable meals and favorite dishes evoke happy moments, remind us of our childhood with their smells and flavors, or transport us to places we have never been before.

Coloured yams in Montes de Maria / Photo credit: Mauricio Enriquez

Coloured yams in Montes de Maria / Photo credit: Mauricio Enriquez

That happiness is the reason why Carmen Rodríguez gets up in the morning. A plate of colourful beans, cooked yellow yams, and a good coffee give her the energy to grow her crops in an isolated group of small mountains in the Caribbean region of Colombia known as Montes de Maria.

Green Economy: Caterpillar Alternative Business Model

Green Economics is about doing business in new ways and changing business models to meet market demands of  the emerging global circular economy. The following UN  Case Study: Product Lifetime Extension: Caterpillar, how Caterpillar’s business model of re-manufacturing highlights the benefits to their customers, for its business and the environment. Also how the remanufacturing process can provide solutions that contribute to more sustainable production and consumption models.

This case study presents a successful business strategy to extend products lifetime. The aim with of this case study is to inspire and encourage organizations to shift to more circular models, to improve their business models towards prolonging or extending a product’s lifetime.

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SCALING MOUNTAINS Nepal’s aspirations for a climate-resilient sustainable future

The new NDC aims to see 45 percent of the total area of the country under forest cover, pledging to stop deforestation of the Chure range.

The new NDC aims to see 45 percent of the total area of the country under forest cover, pledging to stop deforestation of the Chure range.

Each year, usually between June and September, the annual summer monsoon sweeps across the southern plains of Nepal from the Bay of Bengal. Communities welcome the daily downpours, filling as they do the rivers and countryside and drenching the region’s thirsty rice paddies and vegetable crops.

The monsoon, however, can be a blessing or a curse. Too little rain, or too late, can leave crops ruined. Too much rain can see rivers overflow and mountain slopes collapse under the weight of the water.

In 2017, it was a case of too much, from east to the west of the country. In some areas, 17 inches of rain fell in just eight hours. Around 1.7 million people were affected, with 460,000 displaced from their homes, many with nowhere to go. Those most affected were poor, smallholder farmers.

An international response was mobilized, but the damage was great, with losses estimated at US$585 million and recovery needs at $705 million.

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  • The Seeds of Vandana Shiva April 21, 2021editorThe Seeds of Vandana Shiva
    A Documentary Film The Remarkable Life Story of Eco-activist Vandana Shiva How did the willful daughter of ...
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    It is outrageous from the beginning that she was arrested and prosecuted instead of investigating the physical ...
  • Voices of Resilience​ February 8, 2021editorVoices of Resilience​
    Read here about how girls and young women are speaking out against Female Genital Mutilation. Marked ...

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The national CodePink organization organizes for justice for Iraqis and to hold war criminals accountable. CodePink actively opposes the U.S. war in Afghanistan, torture, the detention center at Guantanamo, weaponized and spy drones, the prosecution of whistleblowers, U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and repressive regimes.

Rooted in a network of local organizers, CodePink's tactics include satire, street theatre, creative visuals, civil resistance, and directly challenging powerful decision-makers in government and corporations. And, of course, wearing pink!