We are all endangered species: lessons from Portugal

10.July 2018

by Henrique Tereno

We live in a connected world, that is no secret. Everything we hear and see can be shared in a split second, thanks to new technologies. Precisely because we live in a ‘shared’ world, we are more conscious of the problems that our planet is facing and more aware of the fact that the actions we take in one place can have consequences in other parts of the world. A connected world also means that there is a need for a global, ecological mindset, with policies and politicians that work towards a common sustainable future.

How Sweden tackles environmental challenges

05. July 2018

by Kawthar Karout

The world’s greenest country (6)

In September 2015, the world’s countries gathered in New York at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit and agreed on 17 goals and 169 sub-goals as part of the new global agenda on sustainable development. These objectives cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental. At that time, Sweden was already a step ahead. Back in 1999, Sweden had adopted 16 environmental goals that covered different aspects of environmental protection, with the aim of achieving them by 2020.

Climate change: a call for a united Europe to act

Posted on 15. December 2016 by Marta Remacha Recio

marta-remacha-recio-modifiedCoral bleaching; record-breaking temperatures; the Artic melting; the El Niño phenomenon becoming stronger; despite the success of the Paris Agreement one year ago, scientific evidence of the worsening impact of climate change is piling up. 2016 has even left us with a clear-cut evidence of the irreversibility of some damages: Melomys rubicola, a small rodent endemic to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, holds the dubious honour of becoming the first mammal to be wiped out by human-induced climate change. The fight against global warming has entered a critical phase, which needs a united Europe ready to make the difference.

COP21 in Paris: we must step out of our industrialised comfort zone

Posted on 29. November 2016 by Anja Aune Selma Early December, Paris will find itself with being the capital of heated politics. Representatives from all over the world will come together in Le Bourget in the outskirts of the city, in order to achieve consensus and a legally binding agreement on battling climate change. The … Continue reading COP21 in Paris: we must step out of our industrialised comfort zone

Investing in the Future: Economic Inequality, Climate Change and the Sharing Economy

28. July 2015

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The publication "Investing in the Future: Economic Inequality, Climate Change and the Sharing Economy" is a collective effort of FutureLabbers Ana Luisa Correia, Efehan Danisman and Nathalie Straker, who co-authored this paper stemming from the input they received attending the 2015 Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

FutureLabbers reflected on today’s challenges, such as climate change and economic inequality, and opportunities, such as the sharing economy, analysing them from their perspective and continuing the debate in a written form once the Forum finished.