Chatham House: The COP Presidency Year: On 21 January 2022, Chatham House interviewed the Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma on the past year of presidency of COP26. A Youtube video of this interview is given. Watch the video

Five steps towards a Green New Deal: Last November, governments from 197 countries met in Glasgow for Cop26, the UN climate talks, with the hope of presenting plans to limit global heating to no more than 1.5C. But the conference was a disappointment that failed to live up to its own rhetoric. It came hot on the heels of a UK autumn budget which barely mentioned the climate crisis, and a net-zero strategy which fell far short of what we need. This follows the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issuing its starkest warning yet over the summer, in the wake of wildfires, floods and hurricanes across the globe: the climate crisis is already happening as a result of how we live and power our economies. Read more

Towards a Definition of Environmental Peacebuilding: Environmental peacebuilding integrates different dynamics, actors, and resources across the conflict lifecycle. This integrative role is important in breaking down institutional, temporal, sectoral, and disciplinary barriers that have often challenged peacebuilding efforts. Read more

Climate Feminism: Where Compassion and Justice meet: “There is a renaissance blooming in the climate movement: leadership that is more characteristically feminine and more faithfully feminist, rooted in compassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration. While it’s clear that women and girls are vital voices and agents of change for this planet, they are too often missing from the proverbial ‘table.’ More than a problem of bias, it’s a dynamic that sets us up for failure. To change everything, we need everyone.” Read more

Buddhist Roots of Environmentalism: How can we be the change that we want others to be? Based on the Early Buddhist Texts, these two-hour sessions will present the teaching of the Buddha on the inter-relatedness of everything and the obligations to preserve life. The sessions will focus on specific examples provided in the Early Buddhist Text about protecting nature, looking after one’s health and well-being, conserving natural resources, eating mindfully, recycling, and constructing dwellings in a consultative and sustainable manner. It will also deal with Buddhism and good governance. The Buddha clearly spelt of the obligations of those in power to govern with compassion and accountability and spoke truth to power. Read more

Toward a New Instrument Addressing the Full Life Cycle of Plastics: Over the last decade, there has been a swell of voluntary initiatives and regulations designed to address the plastics crisis. More recently, the subject of an intergovernmental, legal instrument designed to address pollution from plastic has emerged in various international fora. Between 2017 and 2020, parties, regional groups, and stakeholders submitted 10 formal propositions concerning a possible global instrument to address the plastics crisis. These propositions used various terms to refer to the instrument, including agreement, convention, treaty, framework, and others. Read more

Safety first: recovering value from plastic waste: As Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies begin to reduce the amount of plastic packaging they place on the market, and in particular to collect more of what’s left, clear questions are emerging. What should happen to plastic that has been collected for recycling? Where should recycling investments be directed? As NGOs and social enterprises have begun to address the scandal of plastic waste locally, similar issues have surfaced in relation to micro-level processing techniques. And policy-makers have found themselves facing dilemmas as mandatory Extended Producer Responsibility systems are designed. Read more

Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation: Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological and Economic Vocation takes the form of a powerful contribution to Christian ethics, but in fact it is also a major contribution to anyone in any religious or spiritual tradition who seeks to maintain both a commitment to God and to global healing and transformation. Read more

In battle against climate crisis, don’t overlook the blockchain: “The world needs to almost halve emissions over the next eight years to stay on track for a 1.5°C world, while at the same time expanding access to energy to bring hundreds of millions of people onto the grid,” said Mark Radka, Chief of UNEP’s Energy and Climate Branch, referring to data from UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report 2021. “Blockchain technology can play a part by making possible more accurate load monitoring, generation and distribution in the grid through efficient use of data,” he added. Read more

Stockholm+50 Why should you be part of Stockholm+50? – a commemoration, a reflection – a time to act Five decades after the 1972 UN Conference in Stockholm made the link between environment and poverty and placed it at the forefront of the international agenda, Stockholm welcomes the world again in June 2022. We will commemorate the watershed moment that the 1972 conference represents, and reflect on the current situation we find ourselves, through addressing the intergenerational responsibility, focusing on the implementation opportunities, and recognising interconnectivity between stakeholders and between policy issues. Read more

Future of Europe: Europeans see climate change as top challenge for the EU: Nine out of 10 young Europeans agree that tackling climate change can help improve their own health and well-being (91% of 15-24-year-old) while 87% of all respondents also share this sentiment, according to the Special Eurobarometer on the Future of Europe released on 25 January 2022. Read more


On February 17, we’re launching All Our Might: a new Jewish campaign to end the era of fossil fuels and build a clean energy future. Join us ?? #AllOurMight

— Dayenu (@JoinDayenu) February 3, 2022



Tags: Updates #29