Relationship democracy and sustainable development

The Manifesto for Democracy and Sustainability – reflections and background

FDSD’s first programme of work, 2009 to 2013, culminated in a Manifesto for Democracy and Sustainability, the guiding principles being: We cherish sustainability: meeting the needs of people now without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. But today, human activities have exceeded the earth’s natural limits. As a species we have...

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The Relationship between Democracy and Sustainable Development

At one level, the ideas and reality of sustainable development and democracy overlap and are interdependent. Common to both sustainable development and democracy is participation. There are also tensions and differences between the two ideas which need to be resolved in order for current political democratic systems to adapt in the direction of achieving sustainable...

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Peter Davies spoke at the re-launch of FDSD in London, June 29th 2015

Peter Davies, Welsh Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, spoke at the re-launch of FDSD about the innovative 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act and how it can inspire action and change not only in Wales but across the rest of the UK and beyond. The event, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Democracy, was held...

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20 May 2015, Launch of the Environmental Democracy Index, Washington DC

A right to know, a right to be heard, a right to access justice The Access Initiative and the World Resources Institute will launch the first ever Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) on May 20th at the National Press Club. Speakers Avi Garbow (Keynote speaker), General Counsel, US Environmental Protection Agency Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources...

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First ever Environmental Democracy Index

The Access Initiative and the World Resources Institute are launching the first ever Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) on May 20th. EDI is the first index to measure how well countries’ national laws protect environmental democracy rights, namely, the right of the public to: freely access relevant and timely information, provide input and scrutiny in decision-making, and seek justice...

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The State of Europe’s Environment

In March the European Environment Agency  published its State and Outlook Environment Report (SOER) 2015 (available here). The report highlights innovations in governance needed for long term sustainability. In addition, a section of the SOER website highlights global megatrends affecting the European Environment, one of which is Diversifying Approaches to Governance. Authors suggest key factors in diversifying...

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Common Cause fosters values such as care for others & concern for nature through supportive framing and language

Schwartz, S.H. (1992). Universals in the content and structure of values: theoretical advances and empirical tests in 20 countries. In M.P. Zanna, ed. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 25. Orlando: Academic Press, pp. 1-65.

Common Cause believes it is important to tackle complex sustainability problems and democracy in a mutually supportive way by fostering “intrinsic” values that support self-acceptance, care for others and concerns for the natural world, rather than ones that reinforce, for example, wealth accumulation or status. It believes that values and the language or “frames” used to express...

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The first people’s Manifesto for Democracy and Sustainability and website Platform

The Manifesto for Democracy and Sustainability, was launched on 20th March 2013, with 81 individual founder signatories and initially 16 organisations. It includes six Principles and associated commitments whose purpose it to transform democracy to become a powerful force for sustainability. For reflections on the process of creating the Manifesto and on outcomes, further background information...

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