Archive for May 2012

Degrowth and Population Growth: Strengthening the Ties

May 31st, 2012 | By
Photo of David Suzuki,

By Suzanne York,, May 30, 2012 During a week spent ensconced in the depths of the concept of degrowth at the Degrowth in the Americas conference, it was encouraging to find that population issues were interwoven  into plenaries and workshops throughout the week.  The issue is often viewed as taboo and/or the elephant in
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Rio Focus: Interview with Suzanne York

May 30th, 2012 | By

Editor’s note: This interview with was originally published by Antoinette Siu at on May 24, 2012. Are you going to Rio? Do you have specific expectations? Hear from Suzanne York, from on what someone like her might expect from Rio. Antoinette: What will you be focusing on and looking to get out of Rio? Suzanne
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Dispatch from Degrowth

May 22nd, 2012 | By
Robert Lovelace, photo courtesy Fanshawe College

By Suzanne York,, May 16, 2012 Many topics were under discussion at the second full day of Degrowth in the Americas Conference: finance and degrowth, transition towns, resilient communities, public banking, and much more. The topic that most resonated with me, most likely because of their perspective on living in harmony with nature, was
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Degrowth in the Americas: Understanding and Changing Our Worldview

May 15th, 2012 | By

By Suzanne York, May 15, 2012 A full agenda was on tap here at the first main day of the Degrowth in the Americas conference. Below is some of what was discussed at the morning session, which set the stage for this week-long event. It kicked off with a showing of the film Journey of
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The Right Path for People and the Planet: Putting Population and Consumption Back on the Agenda

May 14th, 2012 | By

By Suzanne York,, May 14, 2012   People and the Planet a report by the U.K.’s Royal Society, does not break any new ground, but it does a good job of putting some important and overlooked issues back on the international agenda.     Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, says in the
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Curbing Child Marriages: Supporting the Rights of Girls

May 11th, 2012 | By

By Suzanne York, May 11, 2012 If you think there is one issue that could gain bi-partisan support in the U.S. Congress, ending child marriage would likely be near the top of the list. Not only would a little bi-partisanship be good for the country, but preventing girls from marrying too young would improve lives.
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Rio+20 Mashup: Population, Youth, Human Rights and Women

May 3rd, 2012 | By
Photo credit: Friends of UNFPA

By Suzanne York,, May 3, 2012   It’s getting down to the wire for preparations for Rio+20, the United Nations follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the past week or two, there have been several important developments regarding the issues of population growth, youth and reproductive health, human
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