Sustainable Development in Action: The Industry-Changing Approach of India’s Jio

The inclusion of inequality in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) platform represents a shift in economic thinking, especially in how we understand inequality. Long considered an unfortunate consequence of growth that the market would eventually correct, consistent inequality is now being given much more attention in the policy world. Overall, the SDGs are an emphatic vote of confidence for more holistic and comprehensive approaches to development, and they provide a useful albeit incomplete path moving forward. The Origins of the Sustainable Development Goals: The Millennium Development Goals Our modern conception of development has its origins in decolonization. At the end of the Second World War, wealthy nations granted independence to their colonies and then sent money to promote economic development and political stability. Poor spending habits by governments formed in the image of colonial rule kept this money away from the world’s poorest, while massive spending on infrastructure and … Continue ReadingSustainable Development in Action: The Industry-Changing Approach of India’s Jio

Direct Selling Arrangements as a Path for Food Sovereignty and Food Justice

Food sovereignty is a comprehensive policy outline and theoretical framework designed to help redefine food systems. It strives to have producers and consumers be at the center of food policy decisions, and it embraces sustainable agriculture practices such as agroecology as effective means of environmental preservation and restoration. Yet it too often overlooks the power of distribution networks as mechanisms for reshaping food systems. And this is something that should change moving forward for these movements to have success in redefining how the world produces, distributes and consumes food. The Food Sovereignty movement takes a rights-based approach to food, and it’s centered around ensuring quality, nutritious and culturally appropriate foods to all people at all times. In institutional transformation, there are two dominant approaches: top-down and bottom-up. Top-down change relies on technocratic suggestions implemented by political leaders to reform institutional structure and performance, whereas bottom-up approaches depend on distilling institutional … Continue ReadingDirect Selling Arrangements as a Path for Food Sovereignty and Food Justice

5 Ways to Be Greener and Healthier

As the threat to life on Earth caused by human-driven climate change grows, many of us are left wondering what we can do to reverse this troubling trend. Typical solutions focus on reducing our carbon footprint and waste. But there’s something else we can be doing. Our global environmental woes result from the totality of human suffering. Our unending desire and obsession with eternity have us in direct conflict with the true nature of things, which is impermanence, interconnectivity, and interdependence. Ultimately, to solve our environmental crisis, we must work to understand and eliminate our own suffering. From there, we can find peace with ourselves, and this will allow us to better care for the only home we’ve ever known. Here are five tips to combine wellness and sustainability Eat local, real, sustainable food Our current agricultural system is not sustainable. It depends heavily on fossil fuels and chemicals, and … Continue Reading5 Ways to Be Greener and Healthier