Category: Environment

Sinchi Indigenous Photo Competition Celebrates the Strength and Beauty of Indigenous Cultures

Sinchi Indigenous Photo Competition Celebrates the Strength and Beauty of Indigenous Cultures

UK-based not-for-profit organisation Sinchi advocates for marginalised and indigenous communities around the world, raising awareness of their plights as well as providing a platform for indigenous people to share their own stories to ensure better representation in the media. According to the organisation, there is an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, representing 5,000...

Australia’s New Forest Stewardship Standard Unifies Conservation Groups and Timber Companies

Australia’s New Forest Stewardship Standard Unifies Conservation Groups and Timber Companies

Communities, green groups and timber companies have long been at loggerheads with one another over the protection and management of Australia’s forests, most recently in Victoria where activists have been protesting Australian Paper’s logging of Victoria’s forests. However, old scores seem to have been settled with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia announcing the launch of its...

What the Brazilian Election of President Jair Bolsonaro Means for the Global Environment and Human Rights

What the Brazilian Election of President Jair Bolsonaro Means for the Global Environment and Human Rights

The U.S. midterms are finally over, and as the dust settles and the last few races are called, I’d like to turn our attention to another race that deserves more attention and alarm, especially from environmentalists. On October 28, Brazilians elected Jair Bolsonaro president of Latin America’s largest country and the world’s eighth largest economy....

Queensland Introduces Container Refund Scheme To Incentivise Recycling and Reduce Litter

Queensland Introduces Container Refund Scheme To Incentivise Recycling and Reduce Litter

Brisbane, Australia: According to the Queensland government, its residents use and dispose of nearly three billion beverage containers every year. These containers litter parks, beaches, roadsides, waterways and shopping centres creating not only an unsightly environment but a hazardous one too particularly plastic containers which wreak havoc on nature and wildlife. To deal with these issues, Queensland introduced a...

Earth’s Wilderness Is Vanishing, and Just a Handful of Nations Can Save It

Earth’s Wilderness Is Vanishing, and Just a Handful of Nations Can Save It

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: James Allan, Postdoctoral research fellow, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland; James Watson, Professor, The University of Queensland; Jasmine Lee, PhD candidate, biodiversity conservation and climate change, The University of Queensland, and Kendall Jones, PhD candidate, Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University...

How to Challenge Neoliberalism’s Mantra of Consumerism and Infinite Growth to Save the Planet

How to Challenge Neoliberalism’s Mantra of Consumerism and Infinite Growth to Save the Planet

It is argued that the ideology at the root of all our environmental and social problems is neoliberalism. Although neoliberalism is all around us and is the ideology that drives almost all of our political and economic systems, most people couldn’t explain to you what it is if you asked them. It’s likely, however, that they’ll...

The Developing World’s Middle Class Is Growing: What Does This Mean for Climate Change?

The Developing World’s Middle Class Is Growing: What Does This Mean for Climate Change?

As of 2016, 3.2 billion people globally are considered middle class. A study by the Brookings Institution estimates this number to increase by 140 million annually, and in the next five years, by 170 million. While the growth of the global middle class is not necessarily the same all over the world, it can be considered...

New UN Report Outlines ‘Urgent, Transformational’ Change Needed To Hold Global Warming To 1.5°C

New UN Report Outlines ‘Urgent, Transformational’ Change Needed To Hold Global Warming To 1.5°C

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Authors: Mark Howden, Director, Climate Change Institute, Australian National University and Rebecca Colvin, Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Climate Change Institute, Australian National University. A landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commissioned at the breakthrough 2015 summit that brokered the Paris climate agreement, outlines what’s...

Climate Change Will Rock You Like A Hurricane, Here’s What You Can Do So It Doesn’t…

Climate Change Will Rock You Like A Hurricane, Here’s What You Can Do So It Doesn’t…

Climate change is a major contributor to the larger storms striking the Earth and the hurricanes, fire seasons, and droughts that have affected the US and many other parts of the world. There are enormous impacts on the climate that have specifically been caused by humans, and those changes are starting to have a negative...

Communicating Sustainable Living: Expanding the Narrative So That It’s Culturally Inclusive

Communicating Sustainable Living: Expanding the Narrative So That It’s Culturally Inclusive

Abuja, Nigeria: Nicholas Patrick Wiseman, back in 1845, once wrote that an idea is immortal and cannot be killed. Personally, I think ideas are pretty much eternal. All the greatest changes in human lives across the world had at one time or another stemmed from an idea. From the concept of slavery to that of...

14 Famous Female Leaders on Climate Change, Sustainability and Protecting Our Environment

14 Famous Female Leaders on Climate Change, Sustainability and Protecting Our Environment

While there are many prominent men flying the flag for climate change and sustainability – Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio quickly spring to mind here – there are plenty of prominent women leading the way too. Below, famous female leaders from a variety of professions and backgrounds, share their thoughts on climate change, sustainability and...