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Voices From Rio: Colin Hughes

Colin Hughes of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy tells the story of how he and his colleagues prepared in the lead up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20) and were able to secure a number of voluntary commitments towards sustainable transport, some of them quite substantial.

Coming Together After Rio+20

by Alexandra Hayles and Eirini Glyki

It’s been two months since the Rio+20 global summit on Sustainable Development took place in Brazil. The bleak political outcome of the summit that reinforced the public’s low expectations has filtered through the news. This has left many to tighten their hold on the tools of the past and re-trench rather than look for alternative approaches to current problems.

Dress to Impress, Live by Example

by Daniel Yeow

UN summits are funny things. One of the more unusual things I noticed is the way people are dressed. Rio de Janiero at this time of the year is often in the mid-twenties and quite humid - just last tuesday it was 32 degrees. Yet, the dress code for the conference is overwhelmingly suit-and-tie. The organizers of the summit weren't ignorant of this and ensured that the shuttle buses that transport participants to and from the conference center, as well as the conference center itself, are fully air conditioned.

Voices from Europe: Build a Living Economy

Voices from Europe: Build a Living Economy

This report is portraying a vision of how to build a living economy; one that has human well-being and happiness at its heart, and allows for a sustainable future beyond the obsession with economic growth.

Gearing Up For Rio+20

The Worldwatch Institute Europe, together with our parent organization Worldwatch Institute, is sending a delegation of 10 representatives to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. Before the start of Rio+20, some of us will also travel to other Brazilian cities—Sao Paulo, Recife, and Salvador de Bahia—to launch the Brazilian edition of State of the World 2012.

Copenhagen Aspires to be the First Carbon Neutral Capital in the World

The City Council of Copenhagen is aiming to make the capital carbon neutral by 2025 – the first capital city in the world to do so. CO2 emissions have already been reduced by 21 % since 2005.

By Bo Normander

On the 23rd of August, 2012, it is expected that a majority of votes at the Copenhagen City Council will pass the CPH 2025 Climate Plan with the ambition of carbon neutrality by 2025.

Highlights from the Living Economy Seminar at the European Parliament

State of the World 2012: The road to Sustainable prosperity

A Living Economy Seminar, 5th June 2012, European Parliament

by Eirini Glyki

In order to celebrate the UN World Environment Day on the 5th of June and in light of the forthcoming Global Earth Summit Rio+20, Worldwatch Instute Europe was invited by the Greek Green MEP Nikos Chrysogelos, to conduct a Living Economy seminar at the European Parliament premises.

Mexico Goes Green

Mexico becomes the first developing country to enact a law on climate change, a big step in transitioning the country from an oil producing economy to a green one. The opportunity for Mexico to develop a new source of economic prosperity might be just around the corner, but there is still a long way to go.

by Paulina Glimsholt and Mariana Westendarp

Highlights From State of the World 2012 Launch


On the 25th of April 2012, Worldwatch Institute Europe had the pleasure of hosting members of our parent organization from the United States at the launch of the State of the World 2012 report. In addition, representatives from other significant groups of stakeholders in Europe's environmental direction were present to participate in a lively panel discussion.