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Green Economy Coalition urges visionary action from world leaders ahead of Rio Earth Summit 2012

Friday, May 28th, 2010

An unprecedented coalition of labour, business, environment and consumer groups will today call for a revival of the high ambition that accompanied the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992 as ministers gather to prepare for the next Earth Summit in 2012.

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About the Green Economy Coalition
The Green Economy Coalition brings together environment, development, trade union, consumer and business sectors, North and South. THE GEC is committed to a common cause: accelerating a transition to a new green inclusive economy. For more information on the GEC, contact: Luke Upchurch lupchurch@consint.org
 

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GEC proposal for 2012 Earth Summit agenda
In this paper the Green Economy Coalition (GEC) calls for a revival of the high ambition that accompanied the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992 as ministers gather to prepare for the next Earth Summit in 2012. The paper details the GEC’s shared analysis for how the world can move towards sustainability, stressing that, despite high ideals in 1992, the world has actually moved backwards in terms of sustainable development.
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Green Economy Global Public Opinion Briefing
This briefing describes where we are now: the public opinion landscape where support for a green economy is taking root. Commissioned by IIED for the Green Economy Coalition meeting held at IUCN in Gland, Switzerland, in October 2009, it presents a selection of findings from GlobeScan’s regular surveys on the environment, the economy and global issues, conducted among the general public and opinion formers across the world.
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GEC Shared Analysis
There are many reasons why the Coalition wants to accelerate progress towards a green economy. This document is an attempt to crystallise our initial analysis of the problems which ‘green economy’ efforts need to address, in a form that is both brief and reflects the views of diverse Coalition members.
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Source: International Institute for Environment and Development

Eating our Way to Global Citizenship

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Eating our Way to Global Citizenship:A Rumination on the Role of International Education in Creating a Sustainable Future of Food and Identity “The lesson of ecology is that one cannot care for the future of the human race without caring for the future of its context… A land ethic, on this view, is the moral thread that links past, present, and future individuals in a common culture. That culture

Source: H.E.A.L.T.H.

Veganism as Intersectional Social Justice (part 1)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

IntroductionWould any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday…Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?–Derrick Jensen[*][Oppressions are ideologies—]“a set of socially shared beliefs that legitmates an existing or desired

Source: H.E.A.L.T.H.

The Identity Politics of Breasts: Male Lactation and the Political Economy of Wo/Man (part 3)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

PART II: Milk and the Nature of Things: Gender, Race, Class, Species“The concealment of breastfeeding rests equally, if not more, on squeamishness relating to bodily function: the fact that food comes out of our bodies is an unsettling thought in a culture that rarely remembers food growing on trees”–Fiona Giles Fresh Milk [*]“Separate lexicons suggest opposite behaviors and attributes. We eat,

Source: H.E.A.L.T.H.

The Identity Politics of Breasts: Male Lactation and the Political Economy of Wo/Man (part 2)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Is it to men that nature confided domestic cares? Has she given us breasts to feed our children?”–Pierre-Gaspard Chaumette quoted in "Why Mammals are Called Mammals"[*]Experience may tell you that producing milk and nursing youngsters is a job for the female mammal, not the male. But your experience is probably limited, and the potential of biology–and medical technology–is vast.–Jared

Source: H.E.A.L.T.H.

The Identity Politics of Breasts: Male Lactation and the Political Economy of Wo/Man (part 1)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

[M]ale dominated society tends not to think of a woman’s breasts as hers. Woman is a natural territory; her breasts belong to others—her husband, her lover, her baby. It’ hard to imagine a woman’s breasts as her own, from her own point of view, to imagine their value apart from measurement and exchange.–Iris Marion Young "Breasted Experience"[*]According to Kristeva, the infant must substitute

Source: H.E.A.L.T.H.

Skinny Bitch and Bulimic Vegetarians

Friday, May 28th, 2010

IntroductionIn 2007, few people would have expected a "no-nonsense" book of "tough-love" for American females to become one of the most successful vegetarian advocacy publications in the Western hemisphere. This book, Skinny Bitch, spawned a whole slew of products including a cookbook, an instructional book on pregnancy, a journal, and now three work out videos. Already, the original book has

Source: H.E.A.L.T.H.

Privilege: The U.S. Vegan Movement, Whiteness, and Race Relations (review)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Table of ContentsPart 1: Are Animals the New Slaves?What Went Wrong?Racism, Speciesism, and Cross-racial MisunderstandingAre human-animal juxtapositions reductionistic?Part 2: Animal Rights or Animal Whites?Animal White Supremacists?Vegan ColonialismOne Word: EmpathyPart 3: A Colorful Movement: Debunking the White Lie of White ExceptionalismMaking us Invisible: The Epistemology of IgnoranceThe

Source: H.E.A.L.T.H.

Privilege: The U.S. Vegan Movement, Whiteness, and Race Relations (part 5)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

After having argued that there is actually quite a bit of racial diversity in the international and domestic vegetarian and animal rights movements, I discussed reasons for why the movements are nonetheless perceived as so white: epistemologies of ignorance (i.e. a whitewashed history, framing veg*nism as a lifestyle rather than a social justice philosophy/diet), disinterest in outreach and

Source: H.E.A.L.T.H.

Privilege: The U.S. Vegan Movement, Whiteness, and Race Relations (part 4)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

IntroductionIn part 1 of the Privilege series, I examined a particular case of when vegan outreach goes wrong (i.e. the public juxtaposition of images in which "animals" and people of color are being oppressed) and discussed how such tactics generally alienate people from the cause rather than welcoming them into it. In part 2, I delved into the issue of race relations a bit more by discussing

Source: H.E.A.L.T.H.

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