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Canadian ENGO Policy Concept Paper on the CSD-19 Thematic Clusters and Green Economy Theme of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

NGO policy concept paper submitted to the Government of Canada on the themes of the UN’s 19th Commission on Sustainable Development: chemicals; mining; transportation; waste; and the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production.  As one of the key themes of the forthcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the green economy was also…

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A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0 Part I – Blueprints for a Sustainable Economy

The authors of A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0 outline the general design principles for what they believe to be the basis of a sustainable economy; they envision a sustainable approach to business and commerce that would enable people, business and communities to flourish and prosper, in a state of shared wealth, for generations…

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OPINION: Building a Green Economy

Senior researchers at the Worldwatch Institute set out their blueprint for a green economy, presented under the guise of creating a Global Green Deal, in a similar vein to America’s 1930s New Deal – but more audacious in scope and vision.  Strategic objectives should include: the transition to a renewable economy; the launch of an…

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A Green Economy for Canada: Consulting with Canadians

The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) conducted the following national research study to seek the perspectives of diverse Canadian stakeholders on what a Green Economy could mean for Canada in the lead-up to Rio+20. Between November 2010 – February 2011 CIELAP conducted 27 interviews with participants from Canadian provinces, territories and municipalities,…

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The Green Economy Pocketbook: The case for action

Produced in the lead-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, June 2012, this report introduces the concept of a green economy as a different way of doing things, and compels us to recognize that our economies need to be guided by different goals, be sustained by different activities, and deliver different results.  It describes…

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A Guidebook to the Green Economy: Issues 1-4

Series of four guidebooks on the green economy published by the UN’s Department for Social and Economic Affairs (DESA).  The guidebooks cover the following topics: A Guidebook to the Green Economy Issue 1: Green Economy, Green Growth, and Low-Carbon Development – history, definitions and a guide to recent publications A Guidebook to the Green Economy…

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Green Economy 101

Blue Green Canada is an alliance between Canadian labour unions, environmental and civil society organizations to advocate for working people and the environment by promoting solutions to environmental issues that have positive employment and economic impacts. In their online primer, Green Economy 101, they argue that key features of the green economy include: Abundant opportunities…

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Premises for a New Economy

This paper, attributed to Stephen A. Marglin of Harvard University, draws from the consensus statement of a 2010 workshop, “The challenge of sustainability: towards Rio+20”, organized by the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development. It was co-authored by Frank Ackerman, Lois Barber, Peter Brown, Robert Costanza, Paul Ekins, Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Maja Göpel, Tim Jackson, Ashok…

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Building an Inclusive Green Economy for All

This WBCSD report makes the case that the transition to a green economy could lift millions of people out of poverty and transform the livelihoods of many of the 1.3 billion people earning just a US$1.25 a day around the world, but only when supported by strong policies and public- and private-sector investments. Scaling up…

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