Storytelling about the climate crisis–called climate fiction or ‘cli-fi’–has generally focused on end-of-the-world stories that serve as a warning. But can they inspire change?
Buen Vivir is a complex concept for social and environmental sustainability based on Indigenous worldviews – one that has evolved over time to include ideas from politics, academia and non-Indigenous communities.
To advance system change, it might be more useful to move away from such labels, as they are divisive and confusing for most people. How can we replace what we have now with something built around a non-extractive, free market?
Between 60-80 per cent of the impacts on the planet come from household consumption. If we change our consumption habits, this will have a drastic effect on our environmental footprint as well. But is it realistic to expect that individual lifestyle changes alone will have the needed impact on reducing CO2 emissions?
Africa’s Great Green Wall mega project holds many hopeful about its potential to resurrect ecosystems, save livelihoods and preserve cultures. However, taking a systemic look at this huge undertaking, experts have echoed concerns that conflict and climate change, among other issues, are complicating efforts on the ground.
Climate Adaptation: Accounts of Resilience, Self-Sufficiency and Systems Change, bravely sets out to take a systemic look at the issue of climate change, while supporting the voices of those that stand to be the most affected by it.
The technology and economic growth enthusiasts will argue that new, more sustainable technology will counter any problems caused to the environment. We can grow indefinitely. There is some truth in both outlooks.
Mark Zuckerberg’s turn toward the “metaverse” claims to put an extra digital layer on top of the real world. But Facebook’s new Meta brand isn’t augmenting your reality — it just wants to suck more money out of it.
The fastest and most reliable way to reduce emissions is to make fundamental changes to the economy. But how can the economy be transformed in ways that actually improve people’s lives – providing the huge environmental benefits we need without enormous social and economic costs?
The answer is simple: economic localization.
The global capitalist system that rewards competition and the exploitation of nature for the accumulation of individual wealth can no longer be logically and ethically argued as best system for an economy bounded by social injustices and planetary restraints.
A balance of power towards the groups that have historically been excluded or had their voices ‘white-washed’ in climate negotiations to include more socially and ecologically just approaches will be an unequivocal factor in finding effective solutions going forward.
An overwhelming number of people around the world have listened to the climate science and now want those in power to act with urgency and resolve, rather than continue the conflated lip service we have heard from environmental negotiations over the past three decades.
Will the COP26 have the power to create much-needed systemic change? Many experts, writers, and activists are critical of the underlying motivations behind, as well as the proposed outcomes of, the COP26 summit.
A new analysis by the Environmental Justice Foundation says that international laws covering refugee protection are too narrow for the climate crisis, calling for a new global agreement to protect those who are forced to flee the effects of climate change.