Good Health is an Environmental Right

The COVID-19 crisis is a reminder of the intimate relationship between humans, animals and the environment. There are several human rights related to the environment- these are our environmental rights. Without clean, safe, healthy and sustainable ecosystems, numerous human rights cannot be fulfilled. The right to health; in addition to …

COVID-19 Intensifies the Urgency to Expand Sustainable Energy Solutions Worldwide

Despite accelerated progress over the past decade, the world will fall short of ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy by 2030 unless efforts are scaled up significantly, reveals the new Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report released recently by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the …

International Tourist Numbers Could Fall 60-80% in 2020, UNWTO Reports

International tourism down 22% in Q1 and could decline by 60-80% over the whole year 67 million fewer international tourists up to March translates into US$80 billion in lost exports UNWTO has outlined three possible future scenarios depending on how the crisis unfolds The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22% …

There Are No Winners in the Illegal Trade in Wildlife

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, is an international treaty with 183 Parties–182 states plus the European Union.  It is one of the oldest multilateral agreements to tackle international trade in wildlife and conservation concerns. CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero is an …

Here Is What COVID-19 Teaches Us About ‘Social Learning’ and the Environment

The dire social and economic impact of COVID-19 could worsen environmental destruction in the long run. But the pandemic is also teaching us how to use individual choices to tackle a global disaster. “Social learning” is a powerful tool for lasting change. It involves people learning from each other and …

Why Earth Day 2020 Is More Important Than Ever?

22 April is Earth Day. While the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been spreading around the world and dominating news headlines, thoughts and attention, the need to take climate action has remained as urgent as ever. By the end of 2020, global CO2 emissions need to have dropped by 7.6% and continue …