Sustainable Development Goals 2015

“Beyond Cockpit-ism: Four Insights to Enhance the Transformative Potential of the Sustainable Development Goals”

This new publication from the Stockholm Resilience Centre offers proposals for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to be announced in September 2015. These goals will succeed the Millennium Development Goals that set targets to guided national policies on creating a more just and sustainable world up the to end of 2014.  This SRC publication proposes four ‘insights’ for the SDGs: planetary boundaries; safe operating space for humanity; energetic society; green competition.

An ‘energetic society’ implies multi-level action to address the pressing issues that Spaceship Earth is facing.  This is exactly the purpose of the CASE initiative and this website.

Planet or Profit?

This site is from the  progressive ‘alternative’ on-line news source Truthout that offers free access to readers who want an alternative view to what appears in the predominantly business-oriented corporate-owned press.  The link is to a collection of articles written by Truthout’s staff and contributors since September 2012.  They relate, with a North American slant,  to a wide range of issues relevant to concerns for the ways in which profit-driven human behaviours threaten the future of Spaceship Earth and its species:

As the global impacts of anthropomorphic climate disruption continue to intensify, corporations and the global elite continue to plunder our planet, subjecting areas of the planet that already face fresh-water scarcity issues and other environmental contamination problems to still greater risks from various forms of pollution.

It is not clear whether we have already passed a tipping point such that human survival beyond the next few decades cannot be assured, but what is overwhelmingly clear is that capitalism – and the drive for profits no matter what the threat to the ecosystem all humanity depends upon – is a force for global destruction.

In this space, we’ll gather the work of Truthout writers and contributors as they investigate the overall systemic threats to the ecosystem, how they are imbricated in the organization of our society, possible forms of mitigation, and how specific environments and communities suffer from transglobal corporate profit-seeking.

The Global Calculator

This new tool has been produced by the UK Department of Environment and Climate Change to help people see how the 40 ‘levers’ that will determine carbon emissions might be used to control these emissions in order to hold global temperatures to within the additional 2 degree centigrade limits to global warming agreed by world governments.