The Buddhism and Ecology Summit: Living the Dharma in a time of Crisis: In honour of Earth Day 2022, Tricycle is bringing together leading Buddhist teachers, writers and environmentalists for a weeklong virtual-event series on April 18-21 exploring what the dharma has to offer in a time of environmental crisis. This week’s events will explore three dimensions of the ecological crisis: the spiritual and psychological roots of the crisis, dealing with the difficult emotions that arise, and taking meaningful action. Read more

The Right Not to Be Exposed to a Toxic Environment: The 49th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC49) is taking place in Geneva and online from 28 February to 1 April 2022. The Special Rapportuer addressed The Right Not to Be Exposed to a Toxic Environment. During the session, the Council will consider over 100 reports being presented by more than 30 human rights experts and groups. Around 50 country situations and 40 themes will be addressed. Read more

Women’s Voices for a Sustainable Future: Women’s Voices for a Sustainable Future is a webinar event to commemorate efforts around the world to lead the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all. Leaders in women’s empowerment will discuss the importance of women as effective and powerful leaders and change-makers for climate adaptation and mitigation. This event is part of CSW-66 and online on 24 March 2022. Read More

First Global Meeting of National Focal Points for the Montevideo Programme V: UNEP’s Law and Environment Assistance Platform (UNEP-LEAP) is the Montevideo Environmental Law Programme’s digital backbone. Member States can directly request support from UNEP and partners via the Clearing House Mechanism within the technical assistance section. Likewise, they can use the knowledge base and country profile sections to access relevant environmental news, legislation, jurisprudence, model laws, legislative toolkits, and other environmental law guidance products and resources. There is a call for side-events at the Montevideo Programme V. Read more

Climate Science Humanitarian Dialogue: The Permanent Missions of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United Kingdom in Geneva and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are convening a Climate Science Humanitarian Dialogue, on 25 March at 13:00 CET. Read more

Fossil fuels were always dangerous. Now they’re fueling war on my doorstep. Svitlana Romanko is zero fossil fuels campaign manager for the Laudato Si’ Movement and based in Ukraine. She has been an environmental lawyer for over 20 years and holds a Ph.D. in environmental, natural resources, land and agrarian law, and a doctorate on climate change law, climate governance and climate policy. She also worked for, and campaigned for a Just Green Recovery and Green Deal in Eastern Europe. Here, Svitlana writes about war in Ukraine and the move for faith based organisations to divest from fossil fuels. Read more

Toolkit on Ecosystem Restoration The Community Organising Toolkit for Ecosystem Restoration is now available! #GenerationRestoration Ecosystem restoration has many benefits, including: / Increasing biodiversity / Improving air and water quality / Empowering indigenous & local knowledge. Read more

NOAA Spring Outlook and Climate Change: NOAA issued its U.S. Spring Outlook today and for the second year in a row, forecasters predict prolonged, persistent drought in the West where below-average precipitation is most likely. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center — part of the National Weather Service — is also forecasting above-average temperatures for most of the U.S. from the Desert Southwest to the East Coast and north through the Midwest to the Canadian border from April to June. Read more

Sacrifice Zones: Sacrifice zones: the places being destroyed by our toxic system – and the dangerous ‘climate solutions’ that could make them worse… The existence of sacrifice zones shows how our system values some lives over others. But some climate solutions are set to sacrifice even more places to environmental crises.

Quakers call on chancellor to rule out new UK oil and gas developments: Paul Parker, Recording Clerk of Quakers in Britain, joined senior Christian leaders this week in writing to Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak urging them not to resort to new UK oil and gas works as Britain moves away from Russian energy. Read more

Russia claims sanctions will stop it meeting climate targets: Experts say Russia’s climate plans were already highly inadequate and reliant on carbon accounting tricks. Read more



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