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Our Future Planet

Wednesday December 2nd, 2009


Giving our children the best start has never been more important. What can be done to better educate the global citizens of tomorrow?

African SolarTeaching hasn’t changed much recently, but the challenges facing the next generation have. Giles Crosse steps into a different type of classroom. “The problem we have seen is the neo liberal agenda, everything in education now seems to be bought and sold,” says David Hickes, Professor of Education and writer on global learning. Read More »


Population explosion causes poverty crisis

Channel 4 reports from Lagos in Nigeria on how the city's spiralling population has increased the numbers living in slums.

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Memorialising Biodiversity Loss: a Project for Europe

Global commitments. In 2002, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the goal of achieving “by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth.” This target was endorsed by the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, by the European Council in 2004 (which hardened it into the aim of halting biodiversity loss by 2010), and by the UN General Assembly in 2005. Thus 2010 is a line in the sand.


Australia. The power station and bread basket of the world.

Australia is a continent that only has 20 million people mainly hanging onto the edges. The middle is barren and usually hot and dry. Why not invest world money to place millions of solar panels in the centre and create a global source of clean electricity. Use some of the energy to power desalinisation plants around the coast and irrigate the centre to grow enough wheat to feed the world.


Train Fares in Europe

Book budget airlines on the web, and you get a cheap point-to-point fare at the click of a mouse, up to 12 months ahead. European railways have no such coordinated system. One cannot book long-distance fares more that 90 days ahead, and there is no real price incentive for early booking. The train companies are not maximising their load factors, nor are they making any real attempt to compete with the budget airlines.



Our Future Planet

The Wave - Come Together to Stop Climate Chaos

On Saturday 5 December 2009, ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life will march through the streets of London to demonstrate their support for a safe climate future for all.

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International Volunteer Day (IVD)

IVD offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to concretely show their contributions to peace and development. Over the years, rallies, parades, community volunteering projects, environmental awareness, free medical care and advocacy campaigns have all featured prominently on IVD.

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