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Earth as Safe Operating Space

An independently funded report by the International Science Council has laid out a road map for how funding can and should be allocated into the five areas currently posing the greatest risk to human life. Unleashing Science: Delivering Missions for Sustainability advocates for science to be better funded and organized to truly deliver inter-disciplinary, systems-focused solutions which are collaborative, inclusive and accessible. They demand immediate changes for science aimed at: Food: eating adequate, healthy diets without consuming nature’s bounty; Water: replenishing nature’s reservoirs to provide enough clean water for all; Health and Wellbeing: being whole and well in body, mind and nature; Urban areas: thriving in places while stewarding the natural environment; and Climate and energy: shifting to clean energy while restoring a safe climate. . . .

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Youth mental well-being and eco-anxiety

Eco-anxiety, a condition defined as “a chronic fear of environmental doom” by psychological experts, is not yet officially considered a mental health disorder, but surveys have shown that young people are increasingly distressed about environmental change. Some reportedly are choosing not to have children because they fear that doing so will amplify global warming. In one of the largest scientific studies yet on climate anxiety in young people conducted across 10 countries, almost 40 per cent of respondents said that they are hesitant about having children and would delay the process. There might be no clear answers on what is the right thing to do, but governments and leaders need to see the signs and try to give youths greater confidence that their children will see a less devastating world. (This is adapted from an article in Eco-Business - 11 sustainability buzzwords of 2021)   . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting stories from all over

How measuring emissions in real time can help cities achieve net zero (The Conversation) The IMF's misstep on climate finance (Eco-Business) Latest Round of National Reports Emphasize Efforts on SDGs 3, 5 and 8 (IISD) Young farmers revolutionizing Puerto Rico’s agriculture (The Guardian) No mountain high enough: study finds plastic in ‘clean’ air (The Guardian) . . .

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Measurement - an often neglected part of public understanding in the 2030 Agenda

The language of sustainability and environmentalism is coming more into the public consciousness worldwide and so too the names of important organizations, frameworks, events. People are increasingly able to recognize the 2030 Agenda and probably know that the SDGs are central to its aims. Most would be able to make a good guess at its vision and principles as well. But how many would understand Means of Implementation and FUR? But, these are the very means by which the SDGs and their targets are achieved. By knowing what we are doing, how we are doing it and then checking how well it is working and making adjustments. . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting stories from all over

Diners more likely to choose a vegetarian option when 75% of the menu is meat-free – new research (The Conversation) Rapid systemic change is needed: slashing emissions in cities (Eco-Business) Putting carbon offsets in perspective (Eco-Business) Infarm raises $200m to support global expansion of vertical farms (BusinessGreen) Google accused of breaching promise to stop cashing in on climate denial (BusinessGreen) Study Finds 55 Chemicals of High-Concern Used in Building Materials (IISD) A ‘false solution’? How crypto mining became the oil industry’s new hope (The Guardian) . . .

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It's time for a more sustainable growth metric

We are probably all familiar with the term GDP, even if we are not all quite sure what it means or really is. But for many years, despite many a voice (such as Bobby Kennedy’s famous speech) pointing out the failings of using it as a measure of economic success or a legitimate target of economic policy, it has been and continues to be the most commonly used economic indicator. To update Kennedy’s sentiments we can now see how GDP fails to distinguish between “good” or sustainable production and “bad” or unsustainable, linear production. This article in The Conversation takes a look at the issue and suggests alternatives such as gross ecosystem Product. Well worth a read. . . .

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International Human Solidarity Day

Solidarity is identified in the Millennium Declaration as one of the fundamental values of international relations in the 21st Century, wherein those, who either suffer or benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most. Consequently, in the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, strengthening of international solidarity is indispensable. Therefore, the UN General Assembly, convinced that the promotion of the culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing is important for combating poverty, proclaimed 20 of December as International Human Solidarity Day. This is further reinforced by the 2030 Agenda as sustainable development is centred on people & planet, underpinned by human rights and supported by a global partnership determined to lift people out of poverty, hunger and disease. It will, thus, be built on a foundation of global cooperation and solidarity.   . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting stories from all over

'Orange Nature': Mobile giant injects €50m into carbon removal projects in support of net zero target (BusinessGreen) How green is Asian tech? C+ at best: Greenpeace (Eco-Business) Energy firms want APAC governments to step up in the energy transition (Eco-Business) We should ban all new oil and gas fields (The Conversation) Majority of universities in UK ‘not on track to meet emissions targets’ (The Guardian) Batman loach returns: fish feared extinct found in Turkey (The Guardian) Fields of Plastics (IISD) . . .

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