Global Action : Features
There are 27 documents in this section.
13 August 2012
In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles. We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.
2 July 2012
A few days ago Rio+20, the global mega-gathering on the planet’s sustainable future, published an outcome document that contains no reference to population or to family planning. (The Vatican, it seems, was driving the consensus.)
24 June 2012
Amid doubt, disappointment and division, the world's governments came together in Rio on Friday to declare "a pathway for a sustainable century".
30 April 2012
The G20 countries will meet on 18-19 June in Los Cabos, Mexico, a day before the world’s nations meet for the Rio+20 Summit on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro. Here, Simon Maxwell, Executive Secretary of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) explains his hopes for the outcome of these meetings.
13 August 2009
Human civilisation is in a race between tipping points in nature and our political systems says Lester Brown. We have the means to restore the earth's natural systems, but unless we make better use of the available technologies, the number of failed states will continue to grow, threatening global collapse.
3 December 2008
"There are many things we do not know about the future", says Lester Brown in this call to arms to save the environmental underpinnings of human society. "But one thing we do know is that business as usual will not continue for much longer. Massive change is inevitable. Will the change come because we move quickly to restructure the economy or because we fail to act and civilisation begins to unravel?"
15 October 2008
In all the media coverage of the global financial and economic crisis, very little has been said about the likely impact of events on the people of Africa. Contributing Editor, John Madeley, says there is, in fact, some good news - fuel and food prices have fallen steeply. And if the opportunity is taken to focus on African agricultural potential some long-term good might come out of the crisis.
29 December 2006
If the world succeeds in avoiding ecological collapse, historians may one day look back on 2006 as the "tipping-point" moment, says Christopher Flavin, President of the Washington=based Worldwatch Institute, in this end of year message.
11 September 2005
In a meeting that is billed as the largest gathering of world leaders in history, more than 170 Heads of State and Government will gather at United Nations headquarters in New York this week for the 2005 World Summit a special gathering of the UN General Assembly to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. But already some are warning that the meeting could end in chaos. Here, Hilary French outlines the opportunity they have to tackle the root social and environmental problems of the planet.
21 June 2004
In an article in www.openDemocracy.net Professor David Held unveiled a plan for global security that went far beyond the present 'Washington consensus'. He warns that 'globalisation' in its present form included "a catastrophic combination of negative factors" and argues that it is still possible to reform our international institutions based on the universal principles of equality of all human beings. On the 18 June 2004 it was presented to Kofi Annan's High Panel currently reassessing the role of the United Nations. As a contribution to our coverage of people, poverty and trade, we publish a shortened version.
- Welcome to our Website
- Voices from Planet 21
- COMMENTARY: The case for family planning that Rio+20 forgot
- Women at Rio+20: disappointed and outraged
- Rio+20 Earth Summit: campaigners decry final document
- Zero Ten Twenty - The Children of Rio
- Rio+20 Earth summit talks turn into rubber-stamp job
- COMMENTARY: Creating a green growth guarantee for the Rio Earth Summit
- Vast rewards of education for girls and boys - everywhere
- Scottish eco-schools lead the way
- How to trigger greener, smarter growth - while fighting poverty
- COMMENTARY: Tipping points on the road to disaster
- People and the planet 'shortchanged' at G20
- 'Global green economy can save the planet'
- POZNAN COMMENTARY: Rhetoric and reality at climate talks