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Today is pursuit of happiness day

Today is pursuit of happiness day

Based on a survey of Americans based on “their emotional status, work satisfaction, eating habits, illnesses, stress levels and other indicators of their quality of life,”

Agenda 21: First, they came for the light bulbs

Agenda 21: First, they came for the light bulbs

Remember when threats of a global government were symbolized by black helicopters and implied by the phrase “New World Order.” They’re so 20th century, it turns out: these days, the phrase “Agenda 21″ and compact fluorescent light bulbs are the new signs of “They’re coming to get you.”

Agenda 21 – it does sound a little spooky. You might think of it as a plan for world domination cooked up by a cabal of wealthy evildoers in a dark backroom. In truth, it’s much more innocuous: Agenda 21 is the title of a non-binding plan released at the 1992 Conference on Environment and Development in Rio. No secrets or backrooms here: Agenda 21 even has its own UN website.

Is Africa creating the model for a green economy?

Is Africa creating the model for a green economy?

When you think of international leadership towards a green economy, countries in Europe and Asia probably first come to mind: Germany’s leading the pack in terms of implementing clean technology, and China’s right there in terms of manufacturing it (even though it has a ways to go with its own environmental challenges). You might have a tough time thinking of an African nation contributing to the concept of economic growth through environmentally benign practices… and yet, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme, nations such as South Africa and Kenya are creating green economic models that could serve as templates for other countries, both developing and developed.

Destroying Africa, One Helping Hand at a Time

Destroying Africa, One Helping Hand at a Time

Sundance Channel is proud of one of our alumni!

Former Production Assistant Landon Van Soest left us several years ago when he received a Fulbright Scholarship to Kenya. While on his Fulbright and in the ensuing few years Landon and his filmmaking partner Jeremy Levine followed several people whose lives were gravely changed by two “poverty alleviation” projects funded by the UN and an American philanthropist.

We’re very proud to announce that Landon and Jeremy’s film GOOD FORTUNE is having its New York premiere next week at the prestigious and always politically impactful Human Right Watch International Film Festival.

H.2O: Environmental questions with Maude Barlow of the United Nations, part three

H.2O: Environmental questions with Maude Barlow of the United Nations, part three

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This is a continuation of part one and part two of our interview with Maude Barlow, Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the UN General Assembly.

Question 9: Why do you think most governments in the world are finding it very hard to create and enforce environmental protection laws for industrial corporations that operate under their jurisdiction?

Maude Barlow: Governments around the world (with some recent exceptions) have assumed that what is good for their corporations must be good for the general well-being of their society. While it is true that a healthy economy is important, it is not necessarily true that this wealth is best generated by large transnational corporations who move their production to low wage countries and “externalize” their costs by dumping their waste into the environment. Governments must break their ties – including as funding sources – with big business.

H.2O: Environmental questions with Maude Barlow of the United Nations, part two

H.2O: Environmental questions with Maude Barlow of the United Nations, part two

In part two of this three-part interview, Maude Barlow expresses her opinion on many environmental issues beyond H.2O. In case you missed it, here lies part one of this interview, where water rights are discussed. Question 5: What people alive today or in the past deserve to be called environmental heroes and why? Maude Barlow:…

H.2O: Discussing water with Maude Barlow of the United Nations, part one

H.2O: Discussing water with Maude Barlow of the United Nations, part one

Water nourishes every aspect of life on Earth. Most Americans take access to water for granted. The grim reality is that fresh water is getting harder to find. When communities cannot get clean water, people are often forced to choose between dying of thirst or drinking disease-ridden polluted water. This heartbreaking situation is playing itself…