Category Archives: Green economy

“Green from the Grassroots” by Elinor Ostrom

Much is riding on the United Nations Rio+20 summit. Many are billing it as Plan A for Planet Earth and want leaders bound to a single international agreement to protect our life-support system and prevent a global humanitarian crisis. Inaction … Continue reading

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The Emerging Policy for Green Economy and Social Development

Many countries in Africa are already experiencing negative impacts of climate change, prompting the emergence of various policies to mitigate and adapt to these changes. This paper evaluates the emerging green economy in South Africa, using ideas from the concept … Continue reading

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From Green Economy to Green Society: Bringing the Social to Rio+20

Will the transition to a green economy be seized as an opportunity to transform social structures, institutions and power relations for more resilient, inclusive and equitable societies? Or will it be limited to technological fixes and market-based solutions that support … Continue reading

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Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing back the ‘social’

Any transition to a sustainable and equitable ‘green economy’ will require restructuring patterns of production, consumption and distribution and finding innovative development ‘alternatives’ to achieve justice on a global scale. Social dimensions – including social and distributive policies, social relationships … Continue reading

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Is the ‘Green Economy’ A New Washington Consensus?

The current environmental and climate crisis is not simply a market failure because nature is not simply a form of capital. Putting a price on nature under the label of the ‘Green Economy’ is an attempt to expand the reach … Continue reading

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How to Grow a Grassroots Green Team

Creating a sustainable workplace can be pretty easy to do if you’ve got a green team running the show. Green team members aren’t outsiders you bring in to teach workers how to be eco-friendly. They’re actually members of your staff … Continue reading

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Experts link food security to greener farming

Industrial agriculture will not suffice to provide food for a growing world population, say experts. Instead, sustainable and eco-friendly practices should be promoted. This requires a change of mindset in politics. Read

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China & Green GDP

Read Back in the mid-2000s China began to experiment with the notion of Green GDP as a new way of accounting for its growth in an environmental context. This was touched on in a previous blog post, but I thought … Continue reading

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China’s green economist stirring a shift away from GDP

Read Niu Wenyuan’s ‘quality index’ measures the economy not just by size, but by sustainability, social equality and ecological impact. This senior economist and government adviser is trying to clean up his polluted country one data set at a time … Continue reading

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