- Jingjing Zhang: Greening China's Globalization
Born in China, environmental lawyer Jingjing Zhang is working to hold China accountable for the negative impacts of its overseas investment and construction projects, the value of which is close to $2 trillion. Known as the "Erin Brockovich of China," she investigates cases from Africa to Latin America to Southeast Asia, to ensure Chinese companies' compliance with environmental laws and international human rights standards.
- Mined Fair for the Fair-minded
The Alliance for Responsible Mining is working to bring ethical gold to the retail jewelry market through a new Fairtrade and Fairmined Standard.
- Can Bioregionalism Go Global Before Collapse?
Bioregionalism proposes an alternative future in which overconsumption is drastically reduced, the natural environment is preserved, and proactive measures are taken to provide basic needs.
- The Practice of Bioregionalism
Through local governance, appropriate technologies, and the occasional confederation for solving big problems, bioregionalism promotes human flourishing along with natural sustainability.
- Obama's Tricky Trip to El Salvador
Coming into office, Obama seemed to be in tune with Latin America in terms of economic policy, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations indicate an about-face.
- Innovating Sovereign Wealth Funds
As we struggle to tackle financial and ecological sustainability, sovereign wealth funds such as in Alaska deserve far greater attention for positive adoption.
- Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil
From Ecuador to Nigeria, in most oil-producing countries oil has not brought any benefits to the poor and has often damaged people's health and ruined the environment, says Peter Maass. As for Iraq, although the war was not "all about oil," oil certainly played an important role.
- Laws Gone Wild in Ecuador
Ecuador is the first country to constitutionally enact ecosystem rights, expanding the mandate of environmental protection beyond personal injury and corporate license to pollute.
- Salvaging Peace with Syria
The geography, demographics, and environment of the Golan Heights make it suitable for environmental peace-building. Putting it on the agenda at the upcoming Middle East peace talks in Annapolis may help bring Syria to the table.
- The Enclave Effect
New research suggests that signing a trade agreement with the United States may not bring the desired investment, and if investment comes it may not translate into economic growth.
- Building The Village Education Project
After teaching elementary school for ten weeks in a small village in rural Ecuador, I came away from the experience with a lot more than the standard shock at the poverty and conditions in the developing world. Instead, I was surprised by how little is really needed to change those conditions.
- Sharing the Riches of the Earth: Democratizing Natural Resource-Led Development [Abstract]
Many developing countries are attempting to use their natural resource endowments as the basis for economic growth and development. But countries that depend heavily on resource extraction do poorly on a variety of economic indicators, including growth rates, education levels, and income inequality.
- Prioritizing Rights
Argentina Santacruz and Juana Sotomayor illustrate the different ways that their organization is attempting to hold the Ecuadorian government accountable for undermining economic and social rights by devoting much of the country’s resources to debt repayment.
- The Meaning of a Legal Victory in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Tamara Jezic and Chris Jochnickv try to find the meaning of a legal victory in the case of Arco Oriente and towns of Shuar and Achuar in terms of expliotation of oil, and wheter it was effective or not.
- Elizabeth Arkell
Elizabeth Arkell is summer associate at Public International Law and Policy Group.
- Katherine Chamblee
Katherine Chamblee is director of The Village Education Project, a non-profit organization that conducts a comprehensive education program in rural Ecuador. She is a senior at Swarthmore College, where she is a double major in History and English Literature and a Phillip Evans Scholar. Ms. Chamblee is also a 2006 Truman Scholar.