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The world's richest 8% earn half of all planetary incomes 05/29/2013 - 05:59 Branco Milancovic is set to report in journal Global Policy on how the worlds richest earners are drawing 50% of the world's global income: As he puts is - Global inequality is much greater than inequality within any individual country. Wealth and earnings being different beings, we also see that the worlds 1% wealthiest people own assets equivalent to the remaining 99%... http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/worlds-richest-8-earn-half-all... view
Example Initiative - Fownhope CRAG 09/06/2011 - 15:15

Fownhope CRAG is a small, voluntary, grassroots carbon rationing action group set up in 2007 in the village of Fownhope in Southwest England, UK, with the primary goal of reducing the annual carbon footprint of its members.

Context: The Perceived Problem

Example Initiative - Genoa SEAP 09/06/2011 - 15:03

Example initiative - The Converging World 06/06/2011 - 11:24

The Converging World (TCW) is a UK based charity set up in 2007 by John Pontin & Ian Roderick which seeks donations from communities and individuals in the developed world to invest in verified renewable energy projects in developing countries. Profits made from these investments are channelled into initiatives that fund clean, sustainable and low carbon economic development.

Example Initiative - The Grameen Bank 06/06/2011 - 11:05

The Bangladeshi-based Grameen Bank (www.grameen.com) is a microfinance and community development organisation (formally established as a bank in 1983) set up to target the rural poor – it was founded with the primary goal of poverty alleviation through socio-economic improvements deriving from provision of small loans to individuals excluded from using traditional banking services.

Population Stabilisation - an irrational taboo 05/18/2011 - 10:35

Carrie Gracie speaks to Roger Martin, chair of the Optimum Population Trust, who claims the subject of population stabilisation remains an 'irrational taboo' which is betraying generations to come.


The decline of Oil - Senarios 04/20/2011 - 10:02

Excellent article where Gail the Actuary explores the question: 

RE: future generations - bad news from Hungary, good from Bolivia 04/11/2011 - 11:00

Simon Milton of GreenDependent says -

Following up on the news regarding the hungarian constitution, check out:


Hans Rosling's Magic Washing Machine. Machines of progress, resource use and the developping world. 03/30/2011 - 09:06

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. In under 10 minutes Hans Rosling does us the service of providing a solution to the argument that "the developping world musn't consume like the developped world as there arn't enough resources". In his TED talk at TEDWomen in Dec 2010 he puts to us the case for allowing developping countries access to the machines of progress. 

Convergence - time for compassion 02/25/2011 - 10:20

I recently came across this TED TALK from Krista Tippet called 'reconnecting with compassion'. As I listen to Krista, I look through a spreadsheet of illustrative convergence initiatives gathered by GreenDependent in Hungary for this project. I realise I am holding a list of acts of compassion; examples of an active persuit of fairness within planetary limits.

Population overload? Engineering Solutions 01/12/2011 - 11:07

Can the worlds booming population challenges be met by engineering solutions? The Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK thinks so. BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin looks at this report bringing arguments for and angainst the technical fixes proposed by IMechE.

Good Rather than 'less bad' The Ellen Macarthur Foundation launches conference on the 'circular approach' 09/06/2010 - 15:21

On the 2nd of September 2010 at the Science Museum in London, Ellen MacArthur shared the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s enthusiasm for Circular Economy with guests including Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Douwe Jan Joustra a representative from the Dutch Government and a number of UK and European business leaders. The ceremony kicked off a new chapter of the former round-the-world record holder’s exceptional career:

New Scientist: US food waste worth more than offshore drilling 08/18/2010 - 11:24

MORE energy is wasted in the perfectly edible food discarded by people in the US each year than is extracted annually from the oil and gas reserves off the nation's coastlines.

UN declares water a fundamental human right 08/18/2010 - 11:00

The recognition of water as a fundamental human right is fascinating to the CONVERGE project as we consider how we can progress towards Equity within biological planetary limits. According to this resolution 884m people have no access to safe drinking water and more than 2.6bn lack access to basic sanitation. With 122 nations in favour, none against and 41 abstentions, the UN has declared that access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right.