Environment http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/taxonomy/term/261/all en Campaign Art: Become a citizen of the Trash Isles http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-become-citizen-trash-isles <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /> <br /> <img alt="" height="220" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/oceantrash2_0.jpg" style="float:right" title="" width="220" />Many of us have seen the <a href="http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-53-preview.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iconic photograph of a seahorse latched onto a cotton swab</a>. It’s just one example of how prevalent plastic debris is in the ocean.<br /> <br /> Every year, hundreds of tons of plastic trash enters the ocean, splintering into smaller and smaller pieces that are often eaten by marine animals and birds. The plastic trash is everywhere It’s&nbsp;<a href="http://onemoregeneration.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Microplastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-sediments.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in sediments at the bottom of the ocean</a>,&nbsp;it <a href="http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0111913" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">floats at the surface</a>,&nbsp;is <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/16/15646800/henderson-island-pacific-ocean-plastic-trash-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">washed up on remote islands</a>, and&nbsp;is <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2014/05/trillions-plastic-pieces-may-be-trapped-arctic-ice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">even frozen inside Arctic ice</a>.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/01/20/by-2050-there-will-be-more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-worlds-oceans-study-says/?utm_term=.eb4fd9a8f7d4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Some estimates say</a>&nbsp;that by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea.<br /> <br /> Now,&nbsp;there’s a&nbsp;gigantic <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mass of plastic waste</a>&nbsp;the size of France floating in the Pacific Ocean. To call attention to it, the environmental charity <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjZ6ce6m7LWAhUB7iYKHdiNAn8QFggoMAA&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.plasticoceans.org%2F&amp;usg=AFQjCNEDvvpXQQ-fdjRw4DcYxoRNE4vioA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plastic Oceans Foundation</a> paired up with news and entertainment publication <a href="http://www.ladbible.com/videos/interesting-al-gore-becomes-the-first-citizen-of-the-trash-isles-20170906" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LADBible</a>&nbsp;and TV presenter <a href="https://twitter.com/RossKemp?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ross Kemp</a>&nbsp;to campaign to have the giant mass of trash officially recognized by the UN as a country with its own citizens, currency, flag, passport and stamps.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.change.org/p/un-secretary-general-ant%C3%B3nio-guterres-accept-the-trash-isles-as-an-official-country-help-protect-our-oceans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="251" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/oceantrash.jpg" style="float:right" title="" width="180" /></a>LADBible has called this emerging nation <a href="http://www.ladbible.com/trashisles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Trash Isles</a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.algore.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Al Gore</a>, who won the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007, is now the&nbsp;nation's&nbsp;first honorary citizen, and the Isles&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ladbiblegroup.com/Press/trash-isles/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">submitted&nbsp;an application</a> to the United Nations to be recognized as the world’s 196th country.<br /> <br /> The campaign also has a call to action, issued as The Trash Isles Manifesto: <ul> <li> Develop biodegradable materials</li> <li> Introduce the carbon tax</li> <li> Create laws to increase recycling</li> </ul> <p> <a href="http://www.change.org/p/un-secretary-general-ant%C3%B3nio-guterres-accept-the-trash-isles-as-an-official-country-help-protect-our-oceans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You can join </a>the more than 100,000 people who have already signed the petition to be granted citizenship become a Trash Isles citizen.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:16:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7751 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: By 2050 more plastic in the oceans than fish? http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-2050-more-plastic-oceans-fish <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong><span>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire</span></strong><br />   <div> <strong><span><a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/unep_1.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="344" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/unep_1.jpg" style="float:left" title="by UNEP" width="344" /></a></span></strong></div> Did you know that <a href="http://www.cleanseas.org/" rel="nofollow">60-90% of marine litter is plastic?</a><br /><br /> Did you know that each year about <a href="https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/flip.it%2Fb5r0c7-only-14-of-plastics-are-recycled--can-t/f-5801598b16%2Ftheguardian.com" rel="nofollow">8 million tons of plastic ends up in the oceans?</a> <p> Did you know that each year, <a href="http://www.cleanseas.org/" rel="nofollow">over 4 billion coffee cups end up in landfills?</a></p> <p> Did you know that up to <a href="http://www.cleanseas.org/" rel="nofollow">51 trillion micro plastic particles are already in our oceans?</a></p> <p> Did you know that by 2050, an <a href="http://www.cleanseas.org/get-informed" rel="nofollow">estimated 99% of seabirds will have ingested plastic?</a></p> Why do these numbers matter? With increased human activity both on land and seas, and unsustainable production and consumption habits, our oceans and other world’s bodies of water are getting more and more polluted. These numbers matter, because not only are the oceans a source of protein to millions of people worldwide, they also produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere. According to some <a href="http://web.unep.org/newscentre/un-declares-war-ocean-plastic" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">estimates</a> by year 2050 oceans will be populated more by plastic than fish, if the current trend of plastic dumping continues. This is unacceptable.<br /><br /> In response to this global environmental problem, this month,<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2017/02/unep-campaign-promotes-cleanseas-through-reducing-plastic-use/#.WMhc5BvyuM8" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UNEP launched an international campaign called “CleanSeas.</a>” Committed to eliminate major sources of marine littering, <a href="http://www.cleanseas.org/get-informed" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">waste created by humans that has been discharged into the coastal or marine environment</a>, by the year 2022, UNEP is urging governments, private sector, and consumers to reduce production and usage of micro plastics and single-use plastics. </div></div></div> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:32:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7660 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Cycologic: The power of women for the power of bicycles in Uganda http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/cycologic-power-women-power-bicycles-uganda <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><figure class="image" style="float:right"><img alt="" height="176" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/amanda_kampala.jpg" title="Amanda Ngabirano bicycling in Kampala" width="320" /><figcaption> Amanda Ngabirano riding a bicycle in Kampala</figcaption></figure><p> <em>“She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.” </em><strong>- Susan B. Anthony</strong><br />  <br /> In America during the 1890s, the bicycle provided women with unprecedented autonomy of mobility and abolished many old fashions, including corsets, bustles, and long voluminous skirts. Bicycles came to epitomize the quintessential “new woman” of the late 19<sup>th</sup> Century. She was believed to be college educated, active in sports, interested in pursuing a career, and looking for a marriage based on equality. The image of the “new women” was also almost always portrayed on a <strong>bicycle</strong>! An 1895 article found in the <em>American Wheelman,</em> mentions suffragist leader, Elizabeth Cady Stanton who predicted: <em>“The bicycle will inspire women with more courage, self-respect, self-reliance….”</em><br />  <br /> At a conference I attended on cycling, the coffee break chatter included this intriguing question: <em>“What can be more picturesque than a woman on the bicycle?”</em> After a few moments of loud deliberations none of the cycling scholars were able to come up with a clever enough answer, but the expected answer was very obvious: <em>“TWO women riding bicycles!”</em> What a perfect match for the testimony of women’s rights activist, Susan B. Anthony, who stated: <em>“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel… the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” </em><br />  <br /> It’s amazing to witness people from different walks of life; different countries or differing religions work together for the social good. Such is the compelling story about five women who indirectly and directly empower each other to advocate for the usage of the bicycle as a means of transport in Uganda’s Capital, Kampala. When the London based staff writer, Maeve Shearlaw of The Guardian, wrote an article in August 2015 titled, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/21/kampala-uganda-cycling-bike-friendly-city" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Potholes, sewage and traffic hostility: can Kampala ever be a bike-friendly city?"</a>, she was most likely not anticipating that a year later her story would inspire three female students from Sweden’s <a href="https://rodakorsetsfolkhogskola.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Red Cross College University in Stockholm</a>. The three were taking a course called: <em>Documentary in the World</em>, as a part of a one-year program focused on global social issues.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +0000 Leszek J. Sibilski 7540 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: Idols that protect their worshipers, and the ocean http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-idols-protect-their-worshipers-and-ocean <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /> During the Ganesh Festival in India, tons of idols representing the elephant-headed god are immersed in the ocean. The paint and other elements used for the making of these idols get blended in the water and pollute and kill the marine life of the bay.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/SPROUTS-Environment-Trust-455848977890068/timeline" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SPROUTS Environment Trust</a>, an environmental NGO in India came up with a very original solution to this problem and their initiative took off:<br />  <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-242 asset-video"> <strong > #GodSaveTheOcean </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/155508446" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></div></div></div></div> </div></div></div></div> Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:32:00 +0000 Davinia Levy 7323 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere We, the people, for the global bicycle momentum http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/we-people-global-bicycle-momentum <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <img alt="" height="186" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/wbr_georginadairyfarmer-bike_zambia.jpg" style="float:right" title="Photograph courtesy of World Bicycle Relief" width="280" /><em>“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live.”</em> <strong>- </strong>Mark Twain<br />  <br /> Have you ever wondered what happened to once commonplace items such as the abacus, the slide rule, the hourglass, or the quill; not to mention, VHS recorders, CD cassette players, and more recently, address and telephone books? They all met the same fate: they were replaced by modern technological innovations such as calculators, electronic watches, ballpoint pens, and computers. And what happened to the bicycle? It has been with us for over 200 years, and by some estimates, there are more than two billion bikes in use around the world and by 2050 this number could reach five billion. Over fifty percent of the human population can ride a bike. The bicycle is a veteran and mainstay of human mobility. Even competitive riders pay respect to the utility of bicycles outside grand tours. One of them, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_King_%28cyclist%29" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ted King</a> <a href="http://www.uci.ch/cyclingforall/cycling-for-everyday-life-say-the-pros/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">predicted</a>: <em>“Bicycles have the potential to save the world. There’s so much that a bicycle can do, from an environmental standpoint, from a health standpoint, and their social impact.” </em><br />  <br /> Amid the recent surge in global popularity of cycling - in sport, in leisure and in urban commuting - two presenters of Italian RAI2 radio believe that the Nobel Peace Prize should go to the bicycle. The presenters of the popular Caterpillar program describe bikes as an "<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35083392" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">instrument of peace</a>". They say the bike <em>"is the most democratic means of transport available to humanity"</em>. Proponents have also used the example of Italian cycling champion Gino Bartali, who during World War II ferried counterfeit documents by bike to save Jews, as an example of how the cycle has aided in "liberation and resistance". Additionally, 118 Italian Members of Parliament have also officially nominated the Afghan Cycling Federation women's team for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. They hail the bicycle as environmental, economic, and democratic.<br />  <br /> In November 2015, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), in collaboration with the World Cycling Alliance (WCA), announced their commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to the UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, who called for voluntary commitments from civil society to tackle climate change. In “<a href="https://ecf.com/groups/cycling-delivers-global-goals" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Cycling Delivers on the Global Goals</a>” the direct impact of cycling can be demonstrated on at least 11 of the 17 Global Goals. Recent research presented in “<a href="https://ecf.com/sites/ecf.com/files/A-Global-High-Shift-Cycling-Scenario_Nov-2015.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario</a>” by UC Davis firmly concludes: <em>“The results show that a world with a dramatic increase in cycling could save society $24 trillion cumulatively between 2015 and 2050, and cut CO2 emissions from urban passenger transport by nearly 11% in 2050 compared to a ‘High Shift’ scenario without a strong cycling emphasis.”</em><br />  <br /> The global community of cycling enthusiasts celebrates, even worships, the loyalty of the freedom machine to humanity by organizing events all over the world. However, well- intentioned or -organized, all these remain out of sync with very diversified agendas. After over two centuries of stellar service to humankind, <strong>we, the people, believe that the bicycle deserves an official annual <a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/why-there-no-world-day-bicycle" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Bicycle Day</a> </strong><strong>sanctioned by the United Nations, and preceded by the International Year of Bicycle Awareness and Education of Cycling for All.</strong></p> </div></div></div> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:19:00 +0000 Leszek J. Sibilski 7314 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: Can we save the Ocean? http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-can-we-save-ocean <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /> Our oceans are in deep trouble. Uncontrolled <a href="http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/problems/pollution/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">pollution</a> and <a href="http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/problems/problems_fishing/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">overfishing</a> have brought the state of many of our seas and oceans to an unprecedentedly precarious situation.<br /><br /> In recent years, multiple campaigns have sparked to raise awareness of this situation and motivate people and governments to take action. For example, the <a href="http://www.oceanhealthindex.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ocean Health Index</a> measures ocean health across the regions in the World. One of these campaigns is <a href="http://www.oneworldoneocean.com/pages/why-the-ocean" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">One World One Ocean</a>. Based in California, United States, this organization produces films, infographics, short videos and other media products to raise awareness of ocean degradation and to spark a global movement to protect the seas.<br /><br /> The video “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qojYm8JHKfE" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Why the Ocean?</a>” by One World One Ocean provides interesting and alarming data on the oceans’ situation and encourages everyone, everywhere to take action.<br />  <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-233 asset-video"> <strong > Why the Ocean? </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" data="//www.youtube.com/v/qojYm8JHKfE?wmode=transparent"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/qojYm8JHKfE?wmode=transparent" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div></div></div></div> </div></div></div></div> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:27:00 +0000 Davinia Levy 7294 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign art: Sounds of life in the forest http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-sounds-life-in-forest <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h4> <strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong></h4> <p> Satellites have been sending us all images of planet earth for decades. For many, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/picture-galleries/9726888/Black-marble-new-high-resolution-satellite-images-of-the-Earth-at-night.html?frame=2420136&amp;amgpage=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">photographs of earth at night</a> are particularly enchanting as the cameras can detect natural and man-made light, showing everything from the night-time glow of the Sahara Desert to the light of a single village on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Through these photos, the bright lights of cities shine through the night sky, revealing where life is vibrant and populations are dense… and where it is not.  <br /><br /> However, a new video from POL, an agency in Oslo Norway, and the Rainforest Foundation reminds us how wrong that view is: It is not cities that house the most life, but forests.<br /><br /> Forests are widely known as the world’s largest source of biodiversity.  They are complex ecosystems that affect almost every species on the planet.  <a href="http://www.srl.caltech.edu/personnel/krubal/rainforest/Edit560s6/www/plants.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">More than two thirds</a> of the world's plant species and <a href="http://www.srl.caltech.edu/personnel/krubal/rainforest/Edit560s6/www/animals.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">more than half of the world's animals</a> are found in the tropical rainforests, according to California Institute of Technology. Furthermore, as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations stated in the <a href="http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3710e.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2014 State of the World’s Forests report</a>, forests also contribute significantly to food security and energy production for millions of people.  <br /><br /> Together, the Rainforest Foundation and POL went to the Amazon to document life there in terms of sound. They made continuous night-time recordings that 'illuminate' and show the life in the rainforest.<br />  </p> <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-230 asset-video"> <strong > Sounds of life </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/142623787" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></div></div></div></div> </div> <p> <br /></div></div></div> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:11:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7283 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign art: Sing a 'Love Song to the Earth' to support climate action http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-sing-love-song-earth-support-climate-action <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.<br /><br /> With only a few months until world leaders gather to draft and sign a universal climate agreement in Paris at the <a href="http://www.cop21paris.org/about/cop21" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">COP21</a>, an all-star lineup of music legends and celebrities have come together to record a new single to build awareness and support for action on climate change. <br /><br /><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/love-song-to-the-earth-single/id1033702525" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">“Love Song to the Earth”</a> was created to stress the importance of taking action to protect the environment but also to uplift listeners regarding environmental protection. The song hopes to empower people to take action rather than feel paralyzed by the enormity of climate change issues.<br />  <br /> In addition to the single, executive director Jerry Cope also created a “lyric video” featuring film from around the world as well as scientists, celebrities, and people all around the world holding up signs reading “Keep it Safe,” and "It’s Our World”.<br />  <br /> Love Song for the Earth will join <a href="https://www.climaterealityproject.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Climate Reality Project</a> and <a href="http://www.foe.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Friends of the Earth</a> as a partner for <a href="https://www.climaterealityproject.org/24hoursofreality" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">24 Hours of Reality</a> and <a href="https://www.climaterealityproject.org/24hoursofreality" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Live Earth: The World is Watching</a> on 13-14 November 2015. Fans are also encouraged to <a href="http://lovesongtotheearth.org/#petition" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">sign a petition</a> to tell world leaders to “keep Earth safe at the global climate change negotiations."<br /><br /> The COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference<strong>,</strong> will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate.  The goal of the agreement, involving more than 190 nations, is to keep global warming below 2°C.  COP21 will take place from 7-8 December 2015.<br />  </p> <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-207 asset-video"> <strong > Love Song to the Earth </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><iframe width="854" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZSnOXbaXzfM?wmode=transparent&wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-desc field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"></div></div></div></div> </div> <p> <br /></div></div></div> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:40:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7209 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Global cyclists say NO to carbon - opt for CDM http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/global-cyclists-say-no-carbon-opt-cdm <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><img alt="bikes in Ghana" height="186" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/5094790904_2fc7acab8d_z.jpg" style="float:right" title="" width="280" />“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”</em> - John F. Kennedy<br />  <br /><strong>From cradle to grave …</strong><br /><br /> Currently, two billion bicycles are in use around the world. Children, students, professionals, laborers, civil servants and seniors are pedaling around their communities. <a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/cycling-everyone-s-business" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">They all experience</a> the freedom and the natural opportunity for exercise that the bicycle easily provides.<br /><br /> That number could rise to as many as five billion bicycles by 2050, especially with the development of the electric bike that we are seeing worldwide. Over 50 percent of the human population knows how to ride a bike, and the annual production of bicycles is now over 100 million per year. In comparison, car production is currently at about 60 million units per year.<br /><br /> The bicycle is unique and deserves to be given a focus by the global community that it surprisingly has not yet received.</p> <p> This is especially true of politicians who often underestimate the power of voters who take their freedom to pedal very seriously. City planners also need to be aware of how the bicycle contributes to decreased congestion and improved urban livability worldwide. There are, however, some wonderful exceptions such as the Mayor of London, <a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/road-towards-un-climate-change-conference-paris" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Boris Johnson</a>, Rome mayor, Ignazio Marino, Taipei mayor, Ko Wen-je, the 108<sup>th</sup> Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, Paris mayor, Anne Hildalgo, Rio de Janeiro mayor, Eduardo Paes, and former Washington DC mayor, Adrian Fenty who recognize the importance of incorporating bikes into city planning.<br /><br /> Many countries and cities already share best practices on how to become more cycling friendly. A process that the <a href="http://www.ecf.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">European Cyclists’ Federation</a> and <a href="http://www.ecf.com/world-cycling-alliance/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Cycling Alliance</a> is heavily engaged in, which recently lead to the EU ministers of Transport agreeing in a groundbreaking “<a href="http://www.eu2015lu.eu/en/actualites/communiques/2015/10/07-info-transports-declaration-velo/07-Info-Transport-Declaration-of-Luxembourg-on-Cycling-as-a-climate-friendly-Transport-Mode---2015-10-06.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">declaration on cycling as a climate friendly transport mode</a>” at a meeting in Luxembourg in early October 2015.<br /><br /> The former mayor of Munich, Christian Ude once said, <em>"Do we want people in leading positions that are too scared to cross a city center on a bicycle? Of course not.  Let cyclists get at it!”  </em>Cyclists – as citizens - tend to be a very organized and active group with bulk voting power that could be unleashed at any time to advocate for global policy change.<br /></div></div></div> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:15:00 +0000 Leszek J. Sibilski 7200 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere A peek at the media coverage of SDGs: What is it telling us? http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/peek-media-coverage-sdgs-what-it-telling-us <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <img alt="Pope Arrives in General Assembly Hall for His Address" height="186" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/21749269642_f16e5ec082_z.jpg" style="float:left" title="" width="280" />The United Nations General Assembly recently adopted the <a href="http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sustainable Development Goals </a>(SDGs) in New York in the midst of great expectation and hype. The 17 SDGs, with 169 specific targets, are now becoming the road map for governments and the international development community for the next 15 years.<br /><br /> Now that all the publicity and excitement are starting to settle down, it seems opportune to look at the media coverage of the SDGs and developing countries to get a sense of how that coverage has played out over the past few weeks, and what some of the insights are that we can learn from for the way forward. This coverage mainly includes articles from various publications, websites, and blog posts in the English language. It does not include social media statistics from Tweeter or Facebook.  <br /><br /> An analysis of this media coverage featuring the key words “SDGs” and “developing countries” show that, over the past three months, more than 2,400 articles mentioned these two key words somewhere in the text of the articles. The analysis, using the Newsplus database, covers the period July 8-October 8. It shows that almost a quarter of that coverage (more than 600 entries) took place during the last week of September <a href="http://www.un.org/en/ga/70/meetings/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">when the UN meetings were held</a>. However, the second week of July, right before the summer break, was also active in terms of SDG-related coverage, signaling an important communications effort in the lead up to the UN September meetings.<br /><br /><img alt=" Document distribution by date" height="350" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/docdistbydate.png" title="" width="465" /> <br /></div></div></div> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:06:00 +0000 Mauricio Ríos 7190 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Women and bicycles - the solution for those left behind in the wake of the Mediterranean human tsunami http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/women-and-bicycles-solution-those-left-behind-wake-mediterranean-human-tsunami <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <span style="font:11px Arial;color:#111;">Also available in: <!--<a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/es/el-empleo-como-una-solucion-para-la-crisis-de-la-migracion" rel="nofollow" style="font:bold 10px Arial;color:#111;">Español</a> | <a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/fr/r-soudre-la-crise-des-migrants-par-l-emploi" rel="nofollow" style="font:bold 10px Arial;color:#111;">Français</a> | --><a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/ar/publicsphere/women-and-bicycles-solution-those-left-behind-wake-mediterranean-human-tsunami" style="font:bold 10px Arial;color:#111;">العربية</a></span></p> <div> <strong>The entire world is hypnotized by the struggle of the European continent with the rapidly escalating numbers of refugees and migrants from Africa and the Middle East.&nbsp;Yet, only a handful reflect about the plight of those who stay behind, entangled in violence and persecution, or those who&nbsp;remain in refugee camps. Some believe those 'left behind'&nbsp;are the solution and saviors to the future of the&nbsp;Middle East and Africa, and one great way to help them is to give them bicycles.</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <p> <em><img alt="//www.middleeasteye.net/news/women-yemen-peddle-right-bike-1871266777#sthash.4alYKG2m.dpuf" height="240" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/bushra202.jpg" style="float:left" title="" width="360" />“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.”&nbsp;– </em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_B._Anthony" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Susan B. Anthony</em></a><br /> <br /> In 2015 alone, the UN Refugee Agency reported that of the&nbsp;520,957 people attempting to cross the Mediterranean, 2,980 died or went missing. Eighteen percent&nbsp;of the migrants are children and 13% are women. According to the <a href="http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Committee of the Red Cross</a>, an estimated&nbsp;200,000 additional refugees are still planning to make the sea journey by the end of 2015. So, the seismic human waves are far from subsiding in the region.<br /> <br /> Today, there are a series of internal and regional armed conflicts around the world, most of which are concentrated in two regions: the Middle East and Africa. The desperate attempts by so many Syrians to flee Assad regime’s and the Islamic state’s terror by escaping to security in Europe has caught the world’s attention.&nbsp;However, Syrians are not alone in deserving compassion. Although international interest in Afghanistan has waned and most foreign troops are gone, the war there is only getting worse. In addition, there is an influx of desperate refugees from Eritrea, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Gambia, and Bangladesh who are just as entitled to refugee status as the others.</p> <p> While <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/02/us-europe-migrants-turkey-idUSKCN0R20IJ20150902?utm_source=twitter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">humanity is being washed ashore</a> in the Mediterranean Sea, the treacherous passage does not resemble a migration, but a human tsunami.&nbsp;The departing refugees and migrants leave a vacuum, as the most skilled, able-bodied, and educated keep leaving the continent, most of them are males.&nbsp; This leaves&nbsp;females, elderly and disabled behind and entangled in the local violence.&nbsp;The families left behind often count on reuniting with their loved ones in the near future or hope to receive remittances to support their livelihoods as they try to rebuild their communities.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> What should the world do with these gutted societies? The global community should invest in women power, leadership opportunities for women, and in modifying the social order with regards to&nbsp;female emancipation on the continent. We must pay immediate attention and react with empathy and solidarity.<br /> &nbsp;</div></div></div> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:23:00 +0000 Leszek J. Sibilski 7186 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the Week: Justin Farrell http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-justin-farrell <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><img alt="Justin Farrell, author of The Battle for Yellowstone" height="187" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/justin-farrell.jpg" style="float:left" title="" width="180" />"Environmental conflict is not ultimately about scientific true and false, but about moral right and wrong. It is not about the facts themselves, but what makes the facts meaningful. There are important moral and spiritual bases of conflict that observers and participants in the conflict have ignored, muted or simply misunderstood."</em><br /><br /> - <a href="http://justinfarrell.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Justin Farrell</a>, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University and the author of <a href="http://news.yale.edu/2015/06/25/book-battle-yellowstone" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Battle for Yellowstone</a><br />  </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:14:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7131 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Weekly wire: The global forum http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/weekly-wire-global-forum-221 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img alt="World of News" height="139" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/Weekly%20Wire%20Photo_1.jpeg" style="float:right" title="" width="140" />These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.<br />   <p> <strong><a href="http://civicus.org/index.php/en/media-centre-129/reports-and-publications/socs2015" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">State of Civil Society Report</a></strong><br /> CIVICUS alliance<br /> The scale of the threats to civic space should not be underestimated. CIVICUS’ analysis suggests that, in 2014, there were serious threats to civic freedoms in at least 96 countries around the world. If you take these countries’ populations into account, this means that 67 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guaranteed our freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association, 6 out of 7 humans live in countries where these freedoms were under threat. And even the most mature democracies are not exempt</p> <p> <strong><a href="http://mic.com/articles/122547/technology-in-africa" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">6 Astounding Ways Africa Is Paving the Way for the Future of Technology</a></strong><br /> Open Mic<br /> Every week, the American tech sector uses the most advanced mobile technologies in the world to create some new meaningless distraction. Tinder for dogs, Airbnb for boats, Yo — all sorts of luxury convenience tools created to manufacture and solve problems that don't exist and extract some in-app purchases along the way. Meanwhile, in Africa, a budding generation of technologists, coders and entrepreneurs are rising to solve their continent's most pressing problems. Entire new industries around payment solutions, crowdsourcing and entertainment media are springing up in tech hubs in Kenya, Nigeria and other countries.  This is the rise of Silicon Savannah — and a few ways it's going to change the global face of technology.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:43:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7115 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Shades of grey in the global green movement http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/shades-grey-global-green-movement <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><img alt="Portrait of elderly man in Bhutan" height="186" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/1195924865_17c51e1ac9_z.jpg" style="float:left" title="" width="280" />"Each new generation is reared by its predecessor; the latter must therefore improve in order to improve its successor. The movement is circular." </em>- Emile Durkheim<br />  <br /> How are <a href="http://www.un.org/sg/biography.shtml" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ban Ki-moon</a>, Secretary-General of the United Nations, <a href="http://www.worldbank.org/en/about/president/about-the-office/bio" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jim Yong Kim</a>, President of the World Bank Group, <a href="http://figueresonline.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Christiana Figueres</a>, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, <a href="http://www.billmckibben.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bill Mckibben</a>, <a href="http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/biography/documents/papa-francesco-biografia-bergoglio.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pope Francis</a>, and <a href="https://www.algore.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Al Gore</a> alike? The answer is very simple: they are part of a 60+ cohort, which includes baby boomers and their predecessors. And they are all very effective and passionate about how to tackle the biggest threat of our times: climate change.<br />  <br /> I vividly remember that the first person who drew my attention as a child to the environment was my grandfather who was a small farmer in my native Poland. Around twenty-five years ago, during my first visit to Siberia, tribal seniors raised the issue of the melting of the “eternal ice” as well. Neither my grandfather nor the seniors were highly educated, but they were able to observe the rapid changes in their own environment. Despite this, we did not heed their concerns as they did not possess academic credentials. Now that over five thousand researchers have agreed that climate change is occurring, we are suddenly starting to pay attention.<br />  <br /> Older adults constantly address the issues involved in global warming to Millennials, youth or even children, fully aware that their generation’s irresponsible behavior contributed immensely to the current state of the Earth. But why exclude the culprits? What happened to resocialization and second chances? Even James Madison was aware of generational responsibilities when he stated: “<em>Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.”</em><br />  <br /> The baby boomers and the silent generation are reaping the benefits of the “longevity dividend”. Why don’t we start working together towards the survival of our kind not only as preachers, but also in the trenches of the global climate change movement?  Members of the grey generations are often bold, skilled, experienced, financially independent, and in most cases, are very active and sensitive to social inequity. As the old saying goes: <em>the funeral shroud has no pockets.</em> It is in their best interest to be part of this movement.</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:22:00 +0000 Leszek J. Sibilski 7084 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign art: Lend a helping hand on Earth Day http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-lend-helping-hand-earth-day <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h4> People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</h4> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Earth Day</a>, celebrated annually on April 22, seeks to raise awareness and support for environmental protection.<br /><br /> 2015 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and the theme this year is "<a href="http://www.earthday.org/earthday2015page2" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">It's our turn to lead</a>," raising hopes that people can lead by example in protecting the environment so that world leaders might follow.  The <a href="http://www.earthday.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Earth Day Network </a>is hoping that 2015 will be the year "in which economic growth and sustainability join hands."  <br /><br /><a href="http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Greenpeace</a>, a non-governmental environmental organization working to "ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity", campaigns on global issues like climate change, deforestation, the health of the oceans, and ecological farming. The following video, like this year's call to action, encourages us all to lend a helping hand.<br />  <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-168 asset-video"> <strong > VIDEO: Earth Day: Give Earth a Hand </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><iframe width="854" height="510" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ep9MFiWXR8M?wmode=transparent&wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-desc field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"></div></div></div></div> </div> <p> <br /></div></div></div> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:56:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7029 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere