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Recent Submissions

  • Climate change mitigation justice and the no-harm principle

    Piguet, Frédéric-Paul (Uniwersytet Warminsko-Mazurski, 2018-12-20)
  • Blue Ethics : Ethical Perspectives on Sustainable, Fair Water Resources Use and Management

    Girardin, Benoît; Fiechter-Widemann, Evelyne (, 2019)
    For many policy makers, urban managers, water experts, technicians or activists, ethical perspectives in water management are not important or do not bring any added value. A debate seems to be locked between those stressing mainly the right of access to water for all and those who cannot go beyond economic realism. The sustainable use of a resource that becomes under growing pressure, in terms of extraction, allocation and recycling looks as a technical issue, not to say a technocratic one. This collective book claims the opposite. The many issues faced by the access to water as well as the sustainable use of the resource rely on open negotiations, settling conflicts, tariffs structure while expanding delivery and managing fairly water' scarcity in all these processes, ethical values do matter.
  • Water ethics : principles and guidelines

    Girardin, Benoît; Workshop for Water Ethics (W4W); (, 2019)
    Some would say that ethical perspectives on water management are not important or that they do not bring any added value. This text on water ethics claims the opposite; it brings ethical values and principles to bear on current water issues to provide solutions that improve the chances of positive outcomes for all concerned. Ethical concerns come into play in, for example, managing the availability of water and its market value, as a question of economic ethics and of fair access; technical innovation in relation to extraction, treatment and delivery of water includes innovation ethics; managing water conflicts is key for peace ethics; regulating and managing water needs political ethics; and dealing with religious traditions and beliefs about water cannot be done without religious ethics. The text, authored by an international group of experts and approved by the Board of Foundation, shows how ethical values can facilitate the handling of issues and conflicts related to water in an effective, sustainable and inclusive manner. As such the text is a contribution to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

    Razu, John Mohan
    Politics is all about “governance”. In that “power” is involved. People by and large understand power as something evil, and so, view power in the following way: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Nonetheless, whether one likes it or not, power is inevitable and a necessity. Many even go to the extent of saying that “power is a necessary evil”. Power thus operates in big and small ways. It operates on the corridors of White House, No. 10, Downing Street, Lodi Road and in our work places. Interestingly, in our political setting, the power comes from the people. This is why we call our democracy: “of the people, by the people, and for the people”.
  • My Green Cross [Manifesto for the Earth – Action now for peace, global justice and a sustainable future]

    Gorbachev, Mikhail (Clairview Books, 2006)
    Many readers may be asking why it was necessary to found yet another NGO – Green Cross International – dedicated to environmental problems and the struggle for peace and against poverty, when a number of such organizations already exist. In my view, Green Cross International is original in that we have made connections between the main challenges facing our time, and that we not only undertake practical projects but also maintain a permanent dialogue. This dialogue is carried on between well-known politicians, artists and scientists, representatives of various religions, ecologists and leaders of NGOs on the one hand, and ordinary citizens on the other. We are, after all, living in a new era with its own philosophical stamp and new ethical ideas. The organization was founded during the Earth Summit attended by heads of government in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. A parallel event was a non-government forum of parliamentarians and cultural activists during which the idea of founding a worldwide NGO called Green Cross International was expressed. I had suggested this title at an international meeting in Moscow in 1987 and it had evidently stuck in someone’s mind.
  • In the wake of Modi's Utterance Unmasking Democracy,Governance and Development

    Razu, John Mohan
    Human histories are filled with diverse contours. Even now some of the cruel and ruthless governance surface and prevail as against the will of the people. We see some shades of these in different parts of the world. In all these regimes the citizens have been treated as objects of their benevolence and dictates. Those who governed and governing have failed to recognize that the power of the people keep assuming that they are not the subjects and makers of history and their destiny, but their objects of charity. Through different forms and modus operandi, the anti-people regimes/governments changed. The will of the people has also prevailed supreme and absolute. The Lok Sabha 2014 shall certainly show to those who consider the masses as mere vote banks and sheer objects of benevolence.
  • The Psychological and Welfare Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

    Samet, Jonathan M; Patel, Sonny S (USC Institute for Global Health, 2011-04-18)
    On April 26, 1986, a nuclear disaster occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, contaminating areas of what are now modern-day Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. Beyond radiation exposure and cancer risks, the disaster led to the imposition of diverse acute and chronic stressors on the people living around the site. Principal among these health effects are psychological consequences, including ongoing psychological stress, posttraumatic stress disorder, and diminished well-being. Substantial time has now passed since the disaster occurred and the possibility of health effects other than cancer has not been sufficiently addressed. This report assesses the research conducted on these health effects, particularly quality of life, functioning, and neuropsychological status among the victims of the disaster. Through a systematic review approach, this report documents the range of studies that have been carried out—largely cross-sectional surveys with several cohort (follow-up) studies. This report includes 50 publications; their results have been considered within the outcomes of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, well-being, and cognition. Based on this systematic review, we find that there is evidence for adverse psychological and welfare consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. The extent of the available research, however, was limited and the various Chernobyl-affected groups have not been systematically investigated. In research subsequent to the disaster, emphasis has been given to cancer risk, as a result of the widespread radiation exposure to workers and the population. Nonetheless, the studies conducted show consistent indication that exposure to the Chernobyl disaster, broadly construed, has led to adverse psychological consequences. They point to a range of adverse effects that might be mitigated through evidence-based interventions. However, the available data are again limited in their coverage of affected populations and they fail to provide a picture of ongoing challenges to well-being faced by the populations in the area affected by the accident.
  • The Earth Charter

    Earth Charter Commission
    We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.

    United Nations (1997-09-18)
    This Convention prohibiting the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction is the international agreement that bans antipersonnel landmines. It is usually referred to as the Ottawa Convention or the Mine Ban Treaty, and entered into force in 1999. Today, the treaty is still open for ratification by signatories and for accession by those that did not sign before March 1999.
  • 2009 Global Solar Report Cards

    Jubinsky, Ruben (Global Green USA, 2009)
    Time is short, the climate crisis is real, and demand for electricity is rising. That is why – at the Copenhagen round of the climate talks – we are urge world leaders and the private sector to swiftly make significant investments – $50 billion and more in the next 2 to 3 years – in solar energy as a way out of the current economic crisis and as part of an emergency response to climate change. Solar is a key strategic investment that can help combat energy poverty (2 billion people do not have access to modern energy services), create economic growth and help fight climate change. Governments need to urgently shift subsidies for oil, gas and coal towards solar and renewable technologies in order to create jobs, improve the lives of those in need, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The government leaders gathered in Copenhagen – and back at home in their nations – must make long-term commitments to solar and enable the private sector to further reduce costs via economies of scale and technological advancements. Every hour, enough sun hits the earth to meet the world’s annual demand for energy. Today’s solar technologies can cleanly meet annual demand four times over. Yet solar does not even account for 1% of our electricity portfolios. In order to effectively compete with subsidized, fossil-fueled electricity, emerging technologies such as solar need to achieve economies of scale (the more solar deployed, the cheaper it gets). By enacting clear, long-term policies for solar energy deployment, governments help to create long-term stability and predictability and to encourage private sector participation. In 2008, Global Green USA and Green Cross International published the inaugural Global Solar Report Cards, a first-of-its-kind country-by-country evaluation of solar energy policies. The study evaluated mechanisms such as financial incentives and regulatory infrastructure that encourage or inhibit the development of solar markets. The aim of the Report Cards is to raise awareness among policy makers, media and the publicat-large by grading the effectiveness of each country’s policies every year. The report can help governments create solar-friendly policies that give all players within the solar energy private sector increased opportunities to grow. Energy is the lifeblood of our modern economies. However, current economic development is inextricably linked to energy consumption and environmental destruction. All countries must embrace clean and sustainable ways of generating electricity so that we can grow without destroying our habitat.
  • Speech at the Opening of the Fourth International Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders

    Gorbachev, Mikhail (Clairview Books, 2011)
    The theme of my speech today is the values and the imperatives of the philosophy of survival. Today, everyone seems to agree that mankind is at watershed in its history. The present-day global landscape is one of profound crisis, which could end either in the death of humankind or in the break-through to a new civilisation. The one that has existed for many centuries is close to exhausting its potential, unable to sustain and manage life on planet Earth.
  • Nature Will Not Wait [Prophet of Change]

    Gorbachev, Mikhail (Clairview Books, 2011)
    The fall of the Berlin Wall and the political storm that swept across the world a little over a decade ago was above all else a testament to the power of the human spirit to tackle adversity. The cold war has posed a threat to security, liberty and development everywhere, creating a seemingly insurmountable barrier between the peoples of the planet. Yet the right mixture of human vision and courageous leadership brought this dark period in our history to a peaceful end.

    Green Cross International (2012-03)
    L’accès à l’eau et à l’assainissement est l’un des plus grands défis auxquels la communauté internationale ait à faire face. 800 millions de personnes vivent aujourd’hui sans accès à l’eau potable et 2,5 milliards à un assainissement de base. Les Nations Unies se sont fixées, en 2000, l’objectif de réduire de moitié le pourcentage de la population mondiale n’ayant pas accès à l’eau et à l’assainissement. Plus d’un tiers de ces populations se trouvent en Afrique sub-saharienne. Le projet Smart Water for Green Schools (SWGS) fait partie du Programme l’Eau pour la Vie et la Paix de Green Cross qui place la réalisation du Droit à l’eau et à l’assainissement au coeur du développement durable. En équipant les écoles de systèmes de collecte d’eau de pluie et de latrines et en construisant des systèmes d’approvisionnement en eau dans les villages (puits forés et creusés), Green Cross entend apporter des solutions concrètes et améliorer durablement la vie des populations.
  • Everything you need to know about the UN Watercourses Convention

    Loures, Flavia; Rieu-Clarke, Alistair; Vercambre, Marie-Laure (WWF International, 2012-01-25)
    An informational booklet in English and French about the UN Watercourses Convention that includes freshwater facts and various case studies from around the world.
  • Agua [Panorama General en Argentina]

    Green Cross Argentina (Green Cross Argentina, 2011-12-19)
    Agua: Panorama General en la Argentina, published by Green Cross Argentina, explains how water availability way outstrips demand, but 11% of Argentinians still lack piped water, while many of the remainder waste it needlessly.
  • The human right to water and sanitation FAQ

    Independent Expert/ OHCHR (OHCHR, 2010-07-28)
    In 2010 the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council recognized the human right to water and sanitation. This document contains Frequently Asked Questions the implications of this recognition and the next steps.

    United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN HABITAT, 2013)
    This is a time of crises. This is also a time for solutions. Indeed, the world is currently engulfed in waves of financial, economic, environmental, social and political crises. Amidst the turmoil, however, we are also witnessing valiant and creative attempts at different levels and by different actors to seek for solutions. The State of the World’s Cities Report 2012 presents, with compelling evidence, some of the underlying factors behind these crises that have strongly impacted on cities.

    World Future Council (Green Cross International, 2011-03-28)
    The disaster in Japan has demonstrated once again the limits of human capability to keep dangerous technologies free from accidents with catastrophic results. Natural disasters combined with human error have proven a potent force for undermining even the best laid plans. Reliance on human perfection reflects a hubris that has led to other major failures of dangerous technologies in the past, and will do so in the future.
  • Smart Water for Green Schools

    Green Cross International (Green Cross International, 2012-03)
    The SWGS project allows children, who are typically from farming and fishing communities, to discuss their experiences, and grasp the shared nature of water resources. In this way, children get to know their neighbours, promoting awareness, equity and respect. The goals of our projects are to promote access to water and sanitation, as well as a shared vision of water conservation at local, national and international levels.

    Blacksmith Institute; Green Cross Switzerland (2013)
    This 2013 report is the eighth in an annual series of reports released by Green Cross Switzerland and Blacksmith Institute. This year's report takes a look at the progress made in dealing with somme of the world's worst pollution problems.

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