At a juncture when many societies are consuming at record rates, Buy Nothing Day is a good entry point into a movement axed on re-thinking what it means to express love or to reward ourselves. To help fill your free non-shopping time, should you decide to participate, we bring you some thought-provoking classic articles that examine various aspects of consumerism.
A Q&A with sociologist, economist and author Juliet Schor about creating a time-rich, ecologically-light, small-scale, high-satisfaction economy.
Locally-owned repair shops keep money in the community, help residents lower their cost of living and reduce the toll of consumerism.
With our basic needs taken care of by industrial society, we have become fixated on consuming. But are we not ready to move past that, an important film asks.
In pre-modern times, societies that thrived were ones that developed high rates of consumption. Need we still be slaves to this trait?
Historic innovations that have been adopted too hastily and had grave unforeseen impacts provide cautionary examples for potential side effects of fracking, says a report by the UK government’s chief scientist Mark Walport.
There has been a global ‘cascade’ in commitments to end violence against women. But the violence keeps happening. What is needed is more support — nationally and internationally — for feminist organizations, argues Professor Anne Marie Goetz.
Tonight, for the first time ever, both the Empire State Building and UN Headquarters in New York are bathed in orange light to kick off the “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood” campaign ahead of the International Day to End Violence Against Women.
At the just-ended World Parks Congress, UNU’s Robert Blasiak was struck by the story of how, with the melting of permafrost, archaeologists and the people of Greenland are faced with an impossible challenge — prioritizing what artefacts to save when every item is beyond valuation.
In the heart of Shanghai, where modernization and urban renewal mix with traditional everyday practices, equal access to toilets could depend on coexistence of alternative sanitation systems.
UNU Senior Policy Adviser John de Boer discusses the need for comprehensive assessment of development gaps and sound measurements of success if we are to establish realistic and effective Sustainable Development Goals.
Sixty years ago, the world agreed to protect stateless people, but around 10 million people are currently denied a nationality. This revealing photo essay illustrates why a new campaign aims to end the devastating legal limbo of statelessness.