Global Action : Features

There are 27 documents in this section.


  • Voices from Planet 21

    13 August 2012

    In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles.  We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.

  • COMMENTARY: The case for family planning that Rio+20 forgot

    2 July 2012

    A few days ago Rio+20, the global mega-gathering on the planet’s sustainable future, published an outcome document that contains no reference to population or to family planning. (The Vatican, it seems, was driving the consensus.)

  • Rio+20 Earth Summit: campaigners decry final document

    24 June 2012

    Amid doubt, disappointment and division, the world's governments came together in Rio on Friday to declare "a pathway for a sustainable century".

  • COMMENTARY: Creating a green growth guarantee for the Rio Earth Summit

    30 April 2012

    The G20 countries will meet on 18-19 June in Los Cabos, Mexico, a day before the world’s nations  meet for the Rio+20 Summit on sustainable development  in Rio de Janeiro. Here, Simon Maxwell, Executive Secretary of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) explains his hopes for the outcome of these meetings.

  • COMMENTARY: Tipping points on the road to disaster

    13 August 2009

    Human civilisation is in a race between tipping points in nature and our political systems says Lester Brown. We have the means to restore the earth's natural systems, but unless we make better use of the available technologies, the number of failed states will continue to grow, threatening global collapse.

  • COMMENTARY: Mobilising against the threatened wasteland

    3 December 2008

    "There are many things we do not know about the future", says Lester Brown in this call to arms to save the environmental underpinnings of human society. "But one thing we do know is that business as usual will not continue for much longer. Massive change is inevitable. Will the change come because we move quickly to restructure the economy or because we fail to act and civilisation begins to unravel?"

  • Can forgotten Africa weather financial crash?

    15 October 2008

    In all the media coverage of the global financial and economic crisis, very little has been said about the likely impact of events on the people of Africa. Contributing Editor, John Madeley, says there is, in fact, some good news - fuel and food prices have fallen steeply. And if the opportunity is taken to focus on African agricultural potential some long-term good might come out of the crisis.

  • 2006 ; the global tipping point?

    29 December 2006

    If the world succeeds in avoiding ecological collapse, historians may one day look back on 2006 as the "tipping-point" moment, says Christopher Flavin, President of the Washington=based Worldwatch Institute, in this end of year message.

  • COMMENTARY: Summit challenge for world leaders

    11 September 2005

    In a meeting that is billed as the largest gathering of world leaders in history, more than 170 Heads of State and Government will gather at United Nations headquarters in New York this week for the 2005 World Summit a special gathering of the UN General Assembly to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. But already some are warning that the meeting could end in chaos. Here, Hilary French outlines the opportunity they have to tackle the root social and environmental problems of the planet.

  • Globalisation: fears and hopes

    21 June 2004

    In an article in Professor David Held unveiled a plan for global security that went far beyond the present 'Washington consensus'. He warns that 'globalisation' in its present form included "a catastrophic combination of negative factors" and argues that it is still possible to reform our international institutions based on the universal principles of equality of all human beings. On the 18 June 2004 it was presented to Kofi Annan's High Panel currently reassessing the role of the United Nations. As a contribution to our coverage of people, poverty and trade, we publish a shortened version.