Global Facts – A Reality Check

Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development, TED Global, Oxford 2010

Acknowledging what everyone knows today, that human and industrial growth has strained the Earth’s resources, Johan Rockstrom identifies nine “planetary boundaries” that have been trespassed and says the changes they imply in terms of the behaviour of Earth’s ecosystems are unknown. Yet, we have the science to recognise this and change behaviour.

Paul Hawken – 10years in/ten years out – Googlezeitgeist08

Environmentalist, entrepreneur, author of the acclaimed Blessed unrest,  Paul Hawken speaks on the current global ecology of economy and the emergence of solutions worldwide – Googlezeitgeist, September 19, 2008

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Official website of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

EarthTrends

A comprehensive online database, maintained by the World Resources Institute, that focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world.

Allianz knowledge

Allianz knowledge website on climate change – facts, figures, myths and realities.

The Worldwatch Institute

The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. The Institute’s three main program areas include Climate & Energy, Food & Agriculture, and the Green Economy.

United Nations Global issues

As the world’s only truly universal global organization, the United Nations has become the foremost forum to address issues that transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone.

To its initial goals of safeguarding peace, protecting human rights, establishing the framework for international justice and promoting economic and social progress, in the six and a half decades since its creation the United Nations has added on new challenges, such as climate change, international terrorism and AIDS.

While conflict resolution and peacekeeping continue to be among its most visible efforts, the UN, along with its specialized agencies, is also engaged in a wide array of activities to improve people’s lives around the world – from disaster relief, through education and advancement of women, to peaceful uses of atomic energy.

This website offers an overview of some of these global issues, and links to other resources where you can get additional information.

World Hunger

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

 

Paul Hawken  – The World’s Largest Social Movement

The world’s largest movement has no name, no leader, and no ideology, yet it involves more than 100 million people. Paul Hawken, in his inspiring speech at Bioneers, says, “The movement cannot be divided because it is atomized – small pieces loosely joined. It forms, gathers, and dissipates quickly. Many inside and out dismiss it as powerless, but it has been known to bring down governments, companies, and leaders through witnessing, informing, and massing.” The prominent scholar and author adds, “This movement is not burdened with a syndrome of trying to save the world; it is trying to remake the world.”

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