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by Sara Kurfeß

A new year brings a renovated energy to start changing your habits and set goals to work on yourself. Becoming more sustainable in your choices and actions is a popular goal. But it can also be extremely overwhelming for someone that is just starting in this world.

From changing transportation means to reducing your meat intake, buying less, buying more sustainable — more sustainable food, cleaning products, clothes, furniture,… This overwhelming amount of choices and potential changes can put many people off from changing anything.

But we don’t want you to be discouraged! Changing a lifestyle is something that should…


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When we think about wars, we think of human lives being taken, monuments and buildings being destroyed. Yet, there is one other dimension that is usually forgotten: its environmental impacts.

A war is ultimately a fight for resources. Fighting for human resources to have the biggest army. Fighting for technological resources to have the best, most deadly weapons and engines. And fighting for natural resources to feed the mass production of food, clothes, weapons, drugs and infrastructures.

These resources are extracted, exploited and transformed, only to destroy other resources, your opponent’s. …


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MJ S

“The law is the public conscience.” — Thomas Hobbes

Usually, discriminatory laws are rooted in discriminatory social norms. This means that changing the law is not and should not be the last step; but it is certainly the needed first.

A new year is always a new opportunity for progress. That’s why we chose 3 laws we think should change in 2020, each one of them related to one Sustainable Development Goal (SDG):

Marry-your-rapist Laws (SDG 5)

Under this law, a man that commits rape, sexual assault, abduction will be exonerated of those crimes if he marries the female victim.


Chile, 25th November 2019:

A rapist in your path

The patriarchy is a judge who tries us for being born and our punishment is the violence you don’t see.

It’s femicide. Impunity for the killer. It’s disappearance. It’s rape.

And it was not my fault, nor where I was, nor what I wore.

The rapist was you. The rapist is you.

It’s the police. The judges. The state. The President. The oppressive state is a macho rapist.

Let’s give a “Hell, yes!” to the powerful words that echoed from the 2 000 chilean women that stood out for themselves…


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Left: Julius Drost; Right: Sharon McCutcheon

Scientists have calculated that, to keep our planet safe, atmospheric CO2 levels should not pass 350 ppm. This May, we exceeded 415 ppm for the first time in human history. This means that not only do we have to stop emitting greenhouse gases, but also find a way to “pull them out” of the atmosphere.

The pressure is on. And in the race to be carbon neutral, there is one particular strategy that has been steeply rising in the popularity staircase: carbon offsetting.

Carbon what?

Carbon offsetting is about compensating the carbon you emit through a certain activity, by preventing…


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Now that Greta Thundberg is back in Europe from her 3 months expedition through the Americas, we thought it would be a good time to ask: was her choice of making it a flightless trip worth it after all?

As you remember, in june 2019, Greta flooded world headlines by announcing she would be sailing the Atlantic to attend the UN’s Climate Summit. Now, she just sailed back to europe.

Since 2015 Greta has stopped flying altogether because of the major impact aviation has on our planet. In fact, according to figures from German nonprofit Atmosfair, flying from London to…


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Shifting to a circular economy has been that recurring “I’ll do it tomorrow” task on the to-do list of the world. As the planet gets “sicker” and we realize the deadline is “due yesterday”, we now have to run and act quickly if we want to save our planet.

Quick results mean that big companies have to be a major part of the solution. Their resources, global presence and influence have to be capitalized if we want to meet the deadline for our planet’s livelihood.

Some of them have already stepped up to lead this transition. Here are 3:

IKEA


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Gerd Altmann

Headlines: For every dollar a man earns, on average a woman is paid 54 cents.”

First thought: This is terrible.”

Second thought: 1. women only started entering the workforce and education in force 50 years ago; 2. in many countries this is still beginning to change; 3. deconstructing gender stereotypes is a working progress. Even though it doesn’t make it ok, we are working on it.”

Further reading: Based on today’s rate of progress, it will take 202 years for this gap to close.”

Follow-up thought: “Ok, no, that’s just too long to be ‘working on it’.”

Next thought: “It’s…


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Michael Fourset

Norway. Country of fjords, Vikings and Munch. But also, country of top ranks when it comes to inclusive societies and economies.

“Inclusive” can be defined as an equal representation of different identity groups in all significant social settings. Disregarding differences in beliefs, class, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background when it comes to an individual’s value to society.

We all have a long way to go to achieve truly inclusive societies and economies. Even so, some countries are leading the way, giving us a peek into what these “truly inclusive” societies could be.

Norway is eliminating the idea of “one size…


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Photo by Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash

The hard truth is that little to no progress has been made towards SDG 4 - Quality Education - in the past 5 years. The world still has about 262 million children and youth worldwide out of school.

Yet, education is essential to guaranteeing we achieve all the other goals by 2030. Education is essential to find decent work, to achieve good health, to develop skills that allow you to be a dependable parent, and ultimately a responsible and engaged citizen.

So, why are we falling behind on this extremely important goal?

One of the main causes of the learning crisis in numerous countries is that, while enrollment levels have gone…

Inês Lagoutte

In a process of trial and error to find how I can best contribute to the world. Connect with me at: linkedin.com/in/ineslagoutte/

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