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December, 2014
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Understanding the significance of informal green economies

Chris Hopkins - Green Economy Coalition

The paper ‘Urban informality and building a more inclusive, resilient and green economy’ is authored by Donald Brown, Gordon McGranahan and David Dodman, and firstly aims to reassert the key role that informal economies must play in th... Continue reading

December, 2014
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How scrap metal recycling is shaping the US economy

Anne Staley

According to an infographic released recently by global electronics and scrap metal recycling giant Sims Metal Management, Americans waste recyclable material worth ... Continue reading

December, 2014
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Japan at a GDP crossroads

Hazel Henderson - Ethical Markets Media

Japan faces a snap election on December 14th with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” on trial.  From the conventional economics perspective of GDP-measured growth, we are told that Japan is “stagnating” with excessive debt.  Economists dispense their u... Continue reading

November, 2014
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Reforming Electronic Markets, Trading and the Anglo-Saxon Model

Hazel Henderson - Ethical Markets Media

Computer-driven financial markets on unregulated electronic exchanges programmed by algorithms now dominate Wall Street, along with high-frequency trading (HFT).  The infamous “Flash Crash” in May 2010, driven by electronic trading, caused stocks in many 401Ks to suddenly fall to... Continue reading

November, 2014
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The green economy: a story of atonement?

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

Last week I attended a fascinating supper hosted by Tearfund – the development charity working with Christian agencies worldwide to tackle poverty – which is asking some big questions that chime with our mission at the Green Economy Coalition (GEC): what does a just and sustainable ec... Continue reading

October, 2014
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Views from the economic frontier

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

Aniol Esteban: NEF and the GEC share similar visions. A healthy economy is one that brings social justice and wellbeing, within the ecologic limits of the planet. Our current economy prevents us from getting there. So unless we change the economic system we won’t get there.... Continue reading

October, 2014

Telling the story of transition to greener economies (REPORT)

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

How do we move the green economy into boardrooms, classrooms and pressrooms? What are the essential elements for telling the story of transition? 

On 1 September 2014, 120 leaders from business, civil society, research, policy and the UN gathered at ICAEW’s offices to consider ... Continue reading

October, 2014

GEC Strategy 2014 - 2017

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

The Green Economy Coalition came together on the 1 – 2 September 2014 with invited partners to discuss the status of the transition and what it means for our work together. This document is the outcome of that meeting. It describes who we are, what we believe in, why our voice is important,... Continue reading

September, 2014
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We’ve reached a new tipping point

Dharshani Weerasekera - Green Economy Coalition

What opportunities exist for countries at all stages of development for achieving lasting economic prosperity without going down the dangerous road to irreversible climate change? Plenty says Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Re... Continue reading

September, 2014
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How business counts: aligning water sustainability metrics for the Sustainable Development Goals

Chris West - Stockholm Environment Institute

How do we make sure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are actually met by 2030? This is one of the many vexed questions facing the SDG drafters as they survey the sometimes patchy progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The discussion on ‘means of implementation&rsq... Continue reading