In October, One Earth’s Emmanuel Prinet participated in the international conference “Towards a General Framework for Action on Sustainable Consumption” in Montreal, organized by Fondation Claude-Masse. NGOs, academics and government agencies shared the most up-to-date knowledge on sustainable consumption, and informed each other of initiatives in North America and Europe to minimize environmental impacts; and to encourage sustainable consumption by consumers and economic players.
Posts Tagged ‘2007’
One Earth co-facilitated GO involvement in the UN’s International Expert Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Stockholm, Sweden. This 3rd International Meeting on SCP was part of the UN’s Marrakech Process. One Earth was invited by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to co-organize the NGO forum. Take a look at the NGO recommendations that were presented to the UN.
Learn more about One Earth’s involvement in international SCP policy or email Emmanuel or Dagmar.
One Earth launched an extensive research program analyzing the effectiveness of past and ongoing sustainable consumption and production campaigns at the 2007 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. At the conference, One Earth Director Vanessa Timmer presented a paper about the effectiveness of transnational civil society campaigns for SCP. Take a look at the conference website or email Vanessa for a copy.
In May, Professor Bill Rees was awarded one of five $225,000 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellows Prizes, given for outstanding contributions to the social sciences and humanities in Canada and around the world. “The 2007 Fellows reflect the Trudeau Foundation’s commitment to making Canada a leader in fostering bold new research and ideas in the social sciences and humanities,” said P.-G. Forest, President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. “Trudeau Foundation Fellows are advancing knowledge of crucial societal issues across borders and disciplines.”
Emmanuel gave a Guest Expert seminar about cities working towards sustainability in Europe at the Sustainable Building Centre in Vancouver, February 2007. He showed the videos of best practices in Sweden, Germany and the UK that he produced as part of the Sustainability Productions video series, partnered with One Earth. This event was sponsored by Light House Sustainable Building Centre and Cascadia Green Building Council. For more information, see the seminar announcement.
One Earth Director William Rees takes a provocative look at the city as the primary habitat for humans. The book chapter (65kb) is the only one that takes an explicitly bio-ecological approach to defining urban ecosystems: “Despite the fact that human beings are clearly the dominant species in the urban environment [most]…focus on non-human plants and animals or on remnant ‘natural’ ecosystems within the city… People are implicitly involved but merely as…the doers of the damage or the creators of the habitat to which the other species are adapting.”