Posts By: Linda Geßner

Winter Newsletter, Jan 2016

Our Winter Newsletter it out! With focus this time on democracy and climate politics. Interesting insights from David Kahane, Simon Burall, Andrea Westall, Halina Ward and János Zlinsky. Please get in touch at info@fdsd.org if you or your organisation would like to work with us, share inspirational examples, write reports or provocations, or comment on...

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Managing the Psychological Distance of Climate Change

Climate change is a notoriously ‘distant’ risk for most people. We hear about it in the news, but it rarely seems relevant to our everyday life – “it feels ‘not here’ and it feels ‘not now’”. This sense of non-urgency couldn’t be further away from the actual impact that the rise in global temperature is...

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COP21 – the sound of the bell for system change

“Habemus consensus!” a Huffington Post article reads, summarising the sanguine diplomatic outcome of the COP21 conference in Paris. It might not be as binding as hoped by the hundreds of thousands of people engaging in the climate march; it does, however, signify a much needed paradigm-shift. While French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius was widely praised...

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People’s Climate March 2015 – largest mobilisation in history

On 29 November 2015, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world joined the biggest day of climate change activism in history. 785.000 citizens participated in 2,300 events in 175 countries and thousands of cities to march for a clean energy future, aiming to influence the crucial climate talks in Paris, early December. Photo...

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JRF evidence review on community resilience to climate change

The concept of community resilience to climate change in the UK is multifaceted and comes with a wide range of associated activities. In order to build the evidence base and help support the development of community resilience to climate change, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a review of evidence and practice to explore this varied and contested field. Community...

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Summary and footage: EAC conference on the Government’s approach to sustainable development, 10 November 2015

The Environmental Audit Committee, a Select Committee in the UK Parliament, has published the transcript and video of its first conference, held on 10th November 2015, on the Government’s Approach to Sustainable Development. Following the EAC’s public inquiry from July 2015, to which the FDSD has submitted a response, a panel from various sectors and...

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How the UK is really doing: NEF’s five headline indicators of national success

With their latest report “Five headline indicators of national success – a clearer picture of how the UK is performing”, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) has launched a campaign to end “short-term obsession with narrow economic measures and … flawed conception(s) of national success” in UK policy-making processes. With their five new indicators they propose...

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Sophie Howe appointed first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Following the adoption of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act in April 2015, the Welsh Government has appointed its first Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe, currently Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales. “Public bodies in Wales have been put on warning”, WalesOnline reports, “…if they think their duties under the Well-being of...

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Autumn 2015 Newsletter

In the wake of September’s adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this second edition of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development’s quarterly newsletter focuses on SDG 16, which aims to “ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels”, among other targets.

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SDGs: precious lever for progress in the UK | Ann Pfeiffer, Green House

Unlike the Millennium Development Goals, which focus primarily on social development priorities in low-income countries, the Sustainable Development Goals are intended to apply to developing and developed countries alike. In her Green House essay What do the Sustainable Development Goals mean for the UK?, Ann Pfeiffer argues that underestimating the SDGs “would be to underestimate...

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