In October, One Earth’s Emmanuel Prinet participated in the international conference “Towards a General Framework for Action on Sustainable Consumption” in Montreal, organized by Fondation Claude-Masse. NGOs, academics and government agencies shared the most up-to-date knowledge on sustainable consumption, and informed each other of initiatives in North America and Europe to minimize environmental impacts; and to encourage sustainable consumption by consumers and economic players.
One Earth co-facilitated NGO involvement in the UN’s International Expert Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Stockholm, Sweden. This 3rd International Meeting on SCP was part of the UN’s Marrakech Process. One Earth was invited by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to co-organize the NGO forum. Take a look at the NGO recommendations that were presented to the UN.
One Earth launched an extensive research program analyzing the effectiveness of past and ongoing sustainable consumption and production (SCP) campaigns at the 2007 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. At the conference, One Earth Director Vanessa Timmer presented a paper about the effectiveness of transnational civil society campaigns for SCP. Take a look at the conference website or email Vanessa for a copy of the paper.
The Earth Alive Film Series launched in Vancouver on 24 February as part of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF). The talks and movies that week intended to initiate a better understanding of what can be done to halt the destruction of ecosystems and biodiversity, and stimulate the desire for all to be part of an ever growing social movement promoting justice, peace and sustainability. Earth Alive is a partnership of VIMFF, One Earth, the H.R.MacMillan Space Centre and the David Suzuki Foundation. Watch an English or French preview of Sustainability Productions / One Earth’s own video series online.
In May, Professor Bill Rees was awarded one of five $225,000 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellows Prizes, given for outstanding contributions to the social sciences and humanities in Canada and around the world. “The 2007 Fellows reflect the Trudeau Foundation’s commitment to making Canada a leader in fostering bold new research and ideas in the social sciences and humanities,” said P.-G. Forest, President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. “Trudeau Foundation Fellows are advancing knowledge of crucial societal issues across borders and disciplines.”
Emmanuel gave a Guest Expert seminar about cities working towards sustainability in Europe at the Sustainable Building Centre in Vancouver, February 2007. He showed the videos of best practices in Sweden, Germany and the UK that he produced as part of the Sustainability Productions video series, partnered with One Earth. This event was sponsored by Light House Sustainable Building Centre and Cascadia Green Building Council.
In June 2006, One Earth hosted a well-attended side event at the third session of the World Urban Forum (WUF3). It was called “One small step for cities, one giant leap for the planet: Practical solutions for cities stepping towards a lighter footprint.” A presentation by Bill Rees was followed by facilitated debate about practical ways in which cities from both low- and high-income countries are reducing their impact while enhancing well-being. It was a lively discussion where practical solutions were shared. We also produced a CD-Rom for the event, pulling together some of the best practical solutions and background on sustainable production and consumption issues.
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