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Nitin Desai |
Nitin Desai of India was appointed under-secretary-general for economic and social affairs on December 4, 1992.
Environmental Values (1991-2002) |
This project consisted of two parts: a track two dialogue between Japanese and American negotiators and their academic advisers, involved with meetings leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; and an international study examining values and their role in environmental policy-making in China, India, Japan and the United States.
Seventh Instagram Take-over: Climate Change and the South Asian Ecosystem | 06/06/16
Due to climate change, a huge oil spill, and piracy, life is hard for the fisherfolk in the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans on the India-Bangladesh border. Arati Kumar-Rao, an independent photographer and journalist based in Bangalore, documents this region in a series featured as Carnegie Council's seventh Instagram take-over.
How Rights for Indigenous Peoples Can Save the Environment | 06/06/16
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Amber Kiwan
From Greenland to Kenya, indigenous peoples are fighting for their land against governments, corporations, and climate change. UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, herself an indigenous leader in the Philippines, discusses the challenges facing her country and how to navigate through the world of politics and big business.
Fighting for our Planet, the Only Home We Have: Earth Day, April 22, 2016 | 04/20/16
Will the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement be effective? Is it human nature to simply not be able to tackle the problem of climate change? How can we come together to fight for our planet? This collection of resources explores all these questions and more.
"Ethics & International Affairs" Celebrates its 30th Anniversary | 03/15/16
As "Ethics & International Affairs" journal celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is more committed than ever to encouraging reflection, advancing scholarship, fostering respectful debate, and offering deep analysis of the values and ideals that animate global affairs.
The Lonely Resistance: Protesting Chinese Resource Exploitation on the Tibetan Plateau | 03/14/16
Dukthen Kyi, Lynn Holland
China has dammed every major river in Tibet with many more dams in the planning stage. This and the pollution of waters through mining have created serious problems for Tibetans and those in neighboring countries. Despite political repression and profound isolation, Tibetans are struggling to make these dire conditions known to the rest of the world.
Calls to Action: Winners of the 2015 International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, "Goals for a Better World" | 02/23/16
Carnegie Council congratulates the winners of its essay contest on one of three selected Sustainable Development Goals: gender equality, combating climate change, or making cities and settlements more sustainable. The winners came from Brazil, India, Nigeria, South Korea, and the United States.
Better Transportation for a Better City | 02/23/16
Did you know that the longest traffic jam ever recorded--192 miles--occurred in São Paulo? "Not only would an expansion of the subway system increase the safety and sustainability of the city, but it would improve the city's inclusiveness by addressing social inequality," argues 16-year-old Jack Conway, a São Paulo resident for the past four years.
The Fight Against Climate Change | 02/23/16
"Climate change is happening," writes 15-year-old Dheera Vuppala. "Nine out of ten scientists say it is. The U.S. has to deal with it, so let's take the proper steps to fight it. Limiting industries' carbon emissions, lowering households' use of electricity, and researching and switching to renewable energy forms are only a few of those steps."
Goals for a Better World: Taking Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change in the United States within the Next 15 Years | 02/23/16
American student Annabelle Dunbar advocates for the United States and its citizens to begin a transition towards more ecologically and economically sustainable ways of living by turning to alternative sources of energy, implementing more viable innovations, and altering certain lifestyles (including eating less meat).
The Making of Sustainable India | 02/23/16
"Sustainable development will not be easy. Yet, it is an unavoidable responsibility that is achievable with better planning, stronger policies, and effective execution," writes Indian student Sanyam Khare. "By adopting frugal innovation methods, India can show the world how to do more and better with less."
Measures for Nigeria to Reach the Objective "Make Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient, and Sustainable" in the Next 15 Years | 02/23/16
"I have always seen my dear country as the proverbial elephant up a tree: I do not understand how come it got there, but I sense it's surely going to fall," writes Nigerian student Agbeyo Temitope. Nevertheless, he believes the Sustainable Development Goals are achievable in Nigeria. His first concerns are eliminating terrorism and disease.
Riverkeeper, Defending New York's Hudson River | 11/04/15
Riverkeeper fights to protect the Hudson and the drinking water for nine million New Yorkers. Paul Gallay relates three of its success stories, offering lessons for other communities. Whether working on a local level or tackling climate change on a global one, his advice is the same: be realistic, honest, and, above all, creative and courageous.
The TEIKEI Movement and Agricultural Ethics to Come: A Focus on the Paradigm Shift Advocated by People's Food Sovereignty | 10/29/15
Agricultural problems due to climate change, abnormal weather, water depletion, and the collapse of soil have become big problems in all parts of the world. Many are now focusing on ethics and family farming as a way to combat these issues. This paper takes a look at TEKKEI, the Japanese version of the alternative food movement.
Ethical Consequences of "Educations" Linked to Sustainability | 10/28/15
While many authors purport the importance of education in transforming values and empowering people to participate in environmental protection, some argue that education commonly reinforces mainstream culture and values, and is inherently embedded in the ideology of oppression. Hijacked by instrumental rationalization and utilitarianism, modern prevalent education seems to transcend values, which promote on-going market ideology rather than make efforts to create an expansive vision for a sustainable future.
Re-considering the Sense of Responsibility in the Age of Climate Change | 10/28/15
Mitsuyo Toyoda focuses on the phenomena of flooding in Japan as an approach to consider ethical issues concerning climate change. Based on recent cases, she identifies various issues of responsibility involved in them and discusses how ethical issues are broadened after climate change began to be considered as anthropogenic.
Global Ethics Day: Feeding the Planet | 10/20/15
Gerald Bourke, Gilonne d'Origny, Jessica Fanzo
There are roughly 2 billion people who are under-nourished and another 2 billion who are overweight or obese. In other words, about half the world's population is malnourished. How can we feed the world ethically, sustainably, and well? This panel provides some answers, from food aid to producing milk and meat in cell cultures.
Karenna Gore on Faith Communities and the Environment | 10/07/15
Karenna Gore, Stephanie Sy
Karenna Gore, daughter of Al Gore and director of the Center for Earth Ethics, discusses how faith communities (including indigenous peoples) are rallying to combat climate change; what she sees as a shift in consciousness in how we define success; and much more.
Possible Future Worlds: Essays by Carnegie Council's Ethics Fellows for the Future | 08/17/15
This booklet is the result of a six-month online course taken by the Ethics Fellows for the Future, based on Carnegie Council Fellow Thong Nguyen's e-book, "Of All Possible Future Worlds: Global Trends, Values, and Ethics."