This booklet asks how we understand ownership of the earth’s natural resources in a sustainable and equitable way. Ownership in the new economy is the sixth booklet in QPSW’s new economy series. It aims to help Quakers and others explore alternatives to our current economic system.
QCEA is concerned that this roadmap on the energy-from-waste communication could undermine the European Union’s laudable attempts to transition to a circular economy. Their response outlines a number of our concerns: overcapacity and lock-ins, waste prevention and eco-design, and energy inefficiency and climate. Read their full feedback here.
Eleven NGOs working on the circular economy, including the Quaker Council for European Affairs, have come together to sign a statement outlining the 10 improvements that need to be made to the European Commission’s waste proposals, to get the Circular Economy package back on track. Read the full document here.
The Spiritual Dimension of Business Ethics and Sustainability Management examines the spiritual orientations to nature and business in different cultural traditions, including Quakerism. The chapter highlights the concern that the international goal to limit global warming to below 2 °C is becoming increasingly unattainable. In order to achieve this goal, the author,address that the world would would have to reduce its levels of material production and consumption—i.e. in the material standard of living.
To read the chapter, you can access it through this link.
QUNO’s Food and Sustainability Programme Representative, Susan Bragdon, has recently published a call-to-action paper “The Time is Ripe for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable and Food-Secure Farming”. The paper calls for the international community to mobilise resources for a more proactive role of the public sector in supporting small-scale farmers, their seed systems and the protection of agricultural biodiversity. Furthermore, the paper urges national governments to engage in consultation with small-scale farmers to identify what they require in order to effectively engage in activities to support the conversation and sustainable use of biodiversity and to achieve secure livelihoods.
Read the full paper by clicking here.
In QUNO’s recent publication “Climate Justice and the use of human rights law in reducing greenhouse emissions”, Lindsey Fielder Cook and David Elliot look at how human rights obligations can help support policies, which lead to more successful and just efforts to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to human activities. The publication underlies the relationship between human rights and climate change as conceptualized at the United Nations, and explores how human rights can be used to secure greater emissions reductions while also achieving climate justice.
Read the full report by clicking on the link below.