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State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity showcases innovative projects, creative policies, and fresh approaches that are advancing sustainable development in the twenty-first century. In articles from experts around the world, this report presents a comprehensive look at current trends in global economics and sustainability, a policy toolbox of clear solutions to some of our most pressing environmental and human challenges, and a path for reforming economic institutions to promote both ecological health and prosperity.
SustainableProsperity.org further expands on the report with additional case studies, news updates, a discussion guide, videos, and many additional resources to help you move your community toward sustainable prosperity. Sustainable Prosperity is a project of Worldwatch Institute, in cooperation with Worldwatch Institute Europe.
SHARE Saturday, November 24, 2012 Uncertain Role of Extractive Reserves in Conservation
Extractive reserves are a step in the right direction, as local stakeholders are integrated into the decision-making process, improving conservation and development. If governance of extractive reserves can be improved, the reserves may well be a success story for all parties. But until then, their impact remains unclear.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 31, 2012 Green Jobs on the Rise
Government support of green goods and services, and increasing consumer demand for these goods will be vital to their competitiveness in the market. Developing green goods and services will bolster preparedness for climate change and buffer the rising costs of energy into the future.
SHARE Thursday, August 23, 2012 Red Gold: Mining Governance in Chile
To ensure the development of an extractive industry that will combat economic disparities and address energy insecurity in Chile, the government must prioritize the active inclusion of all stakeholders.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 16, 2012 Desperately Seeking: A Sustainable, Climate-Friendly Food System
How can the global food system be made sustainable, equitable, and, crucially, climate-compatible? This means agriculture that's resilient amid the impacts of climate change, such as drought, erratic rainfall, and extreme temperatures, and that doesn't produce enormous amounts of greenhouse gases.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Leading by Example: The Dutch Prepare for Climate Change
Policymakers are prone to address immediate concerns, such as the economic recession, but such governance will lead us headfirst into a catastrophic future, especially as continued growth currently depends on producing more greenhouse gases. By focusing on long-term strategies governments can implement the systemic changes necessary to ensure a secure and prosperous planet.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 10, 2012 Management Education: Planting the Seeds of a Sustainable Society
Today, most companies consider and measure financial performance and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) indicators as separate domains. However, under increasing public pressure and government mandates to act with greater transparency on ESG issues, forward-thinking executives have begun creating strategies and related values for both shareholders and society.
SHARE Friday, August 10, 2012 Rio+20: A move towards more sustainable transportation
Sustainable transportation options for the urban poor reduce harmful emissions caused by transportation. With additional international support and funding under the MDB commitment at Rio+20, developing countries will find it easier to shift their development of transportation from emphasizing rapid motorization and car-dependence to instead fostering public transport options.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 3, 2012 Millions Made Insecure by Land Grabbing
As food prices soar and countries feel increasing pressure, governments are buying or leasing large swaths of land for agricultural purposes, a practice known as "land grabbing."
SHARE Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Elinor Ostrom's legacy
While Rio+20 may have failed to produce any major agreements, Elinor Ostrom's rich body of work provides hope through the innovation and collaboration of stakeholders. Let us honor her legacy by working collectively to manage our greatest common resource, Planet Earth.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 27, 2012 Climate Refugees: A Human Cost of Climate Change
As more people become climate refugees, the world must provide humanitarian aid and legal protection to these people, who had little role in contributing to the problem in the first place. One of the tragedies of climate change is that impoverished and disenfranchised people will bear the consequences of actions executed by wealthy nations.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 26, 2012 Eroding U.S. Federal Oversight of Genetically Engineered Crops
Without strong federal action on genetic engineering, regional and local governments must take steps to improve government oversight of GE crops, thus protecting consumers and the environment. State governments and citizens must push for increased oversight through proactive legislation to defend consumer rights, improve access to GE crop information, and pass progressive policies at the national level.
SHARE Friday, July 20, 2012 Copenhagen Aspires to be the First Carbon Neutral Capital in the World
On the 23rd of August, 2012, it is expected that a majority of votes at the Copenhagen City Council will pass the CPH 2025 Climate Plan with the ambition of carbon neutrality by 2025. Despite the meagre results of the international COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen a few years ago, the city has kept on focusing on the consequences of climate change and now wants to lead the way towards a carbon neutral future.
SHARE Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Voluntary Commitments--The Way Forward After Rio+20?
The Rio+20 conference has been seen by many as largely a failure, given a tepid official statement that avoided any meaningful new action on behalf of sustainable development. While others argue that the world doesn't need another international treaty, and instead individual commitments are the way forward -- and emerged from Rio+20.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 16, 2012 Growing a Climate Resilient Food System
By 2050, an estimated 9 billion people will populate the planet--2 billion more people than today. Feeding this ever-growing population will be increasingly difficult as governments delay action to address food insecurity.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 14, 2012 Every Building Should Be Sustainable, Not Just Green
We must push our governments to challenge industry and educate consumers, not ask them to be more lenient. Both small steps and quantum leaps are required on the road to the future that we want. And given their important role in all of our lives, the sustainability of buildings is crucial.
SHARE Thursday, July 12, 2012 Addressing population growth for a sustainable future
By implementing policies that defend human rights, promote education, and reflect the true economic and environmental costs of childbearing, the world can halt population short of the 9 billion that so many analysts expect.