What the ‘renewables rush’ means for human rights

October 4, 2017 by  
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From a human rights perspective, the renewable energy movement could not be more welcome — or more urgent.

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Do millennials worry more, but do less?

October 4, 2017 by  
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The most sustainably minded generation is the least likely to take simple environmental actions. “Reverse crowdsourcing” might ease their existential woes.

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Nature speaks, cities listen

October 4, 2017 by  
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Cities are in a race against climate change, and they’re in it together. The recent C40 Talks revealed the “relentless” pace from Austin to Paris and beyond.

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The sustainability movement confronts its ‘lean in’ moment

September 25, 2017 by  
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It’s time to think more about diversity and social inclusions, from the inside out.

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To fix global poverty, look beyond income

March 23, 2017 by  
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Getting from the “what” to the “how” on lifting 1 billion people out of energy poverty means going to the roots of a complex issue.

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Minneapolis’s citizen-centric approach to climate action

January 3, 2017 by  
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Amid growing climate impacts, the City of Lakes is fighting back with a citizen-backed action strategy.

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Dear millennials: Take the invisibility cloak off of gender bias

December 20, 2016 by  
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Higher participation of women in the energy sector will lead to better forest conservation, emission reduction and more food for a growing population. It’s time for the world to end gender disparity.

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A better approach to solving the world’s ‘wicked problems’

November 28, 2016 by  
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What can sustainable coffee farms teach us about unraveling the world’s biggest crises?

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After the election, cities look for ways to be great on their own

November 28, 2016 by  
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What comes next for U.S. cities, now that the 2016 presidential election has come to a close? As polls closed Nov. 8, this question quickly came to the forefront for urban planners and city-dwellers alike.

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Slovenia becomes first EU nation to enshrine human right to water in their constitution

November 18, 2016 by  
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While the United States faces a major environmental backslide under President-elect Donald Trump, a small eastern European nation has become the first to enshrine the right to drinking water in their constitution. The new amendment to Slovenia ‘s constitution states that drinkable water is a human right . Largely to prevent the commercialization of the country’s water resources, the Slovenian parliament just voted in favor of the new law. Prime Minister Miro Cerar, in favor of the amendment, described water as “the 21st century’s liquid gold.” “Everyone has the right to drinkable water,” Slovenia’s constitution now says. “Water resources represent a public good that is managed by the state. Water resources are primary and durably used to supply citizens with potable water and households with water and, in this sense, are not a market commodity.” Related: Two-thirds of Americans are exposed to cancer-causing drinking water, new report finds The new law wasn’t without some controversy; the Slovenian Democratic party, which leans center-right according to The Guardian, felt the law wasn’t necessary, that it was put forward only to gain public approval, so they did not vote. There were 64 votes for and zero against the new law. There are 90 seats in Slovenia’s parliament. Cerar said the quality of Slovenian water is high, and due to that fact foreign corporations would likely want to obtain the water in the future. “As it will gradually become a more valuable commodity in the future, pressure over it will increase and we must not give in,” he said. Slovenia isn’t the first country in the world to state water is a human right, but it is the first European Union country to include such an article in its constitution. Two million people live in Slovenia. 10,000 to 12,000 of those people are Roma, many of whom currently lack access to drinkable water, according to Amnesty International. Deputy Europe Director Fotis Filippou said in a statement , “Enshrining access to drinking water as a constitutional human right is an important legal step forward for Slovenia, but Roma communities need more than legal changes. Action is now needed to ensure the changes flow down to all those without water and sanitation.” Via The Guardian Images via Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons

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