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Rethinking Economics: From the UK, a global student movement takes shape

When the financial crisis hit in 2007, economics students at respected institutions around the world found that theories handed down in classrooms failed to explain the reality outside, and an international movement began to demand a change in the way economics is taught. “The crash was a wake-up call,” says Yuan Yang, who started her […]
By Ruby Russell, for
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In Bali the right to food 
traded away

The ninth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Meeting has come and gone. Held in Bali recently, the WTO succeeded in pushing through a highly imbalanced “Bali package” that delivered an agreement on trade facilitation and in Established in 1995, one of the stated goals of the WTO was “to improve the welfare of the peoples […]
By Mary Louise Malig, Via Campesina
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‘Irreplaceable: Nature Not For Sale’ exhibition

You can now visit our new environmental and social justice image library by clicking on the tab above. You might like to visit our first exhibition, ‘Irreplaceable: Nature Not For Sale‘, which has been created by CarbonTradeWatch, Counterbalance, Critical Information Collective and Global Forest Coalition, in support of Nature is not for sale – 2nd Forum on Natural Commons, an event being held in Regent’s Park, London on 2 June 2014.

The UK Government is teaming up with an international collaboration of companies, financial institutions, government agencies and civil society organisations called the the Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme (BBOP), and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL London Zoo) to host the ‘first global conference’ on biodiversity offsetting, “To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond”.

The London-based summit involves more than 300 people from mining, finance, corporate, NGO, international agency and research sectors. It signals a real intensification of global policy efforts, championed by the UK government, to roll out biodiversity offsetting around the world.

But civil society groups are concerned that the knowledge created and shared at this Summit will serve to reinforce what we believe is a dangerous and harmful policy, as it is currently being envisioned. We believe it’s time to make space for nature and communities. The 2nd Forum on Natural Commons, happening in Regent’s Park, opposite the official summit, will bring together NGOs, academics, activists, journalists and the general public to challenge biodiversity offsetting as a flawed policy and to discuss how to protect nature as a common good that benefits us all.

This exhibition from 13 different photographers aims to explore how natural areas cannot be offset and showcases just a few examples of brave community resistance from Romania, Brazil, Ecuador, France and the UK.

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