Read the summary report of our six-month long journalism program on Economics and the Environment. The report collects 21 articles and six podcasts as a showcase of our young reporters’ journalistic work, including a special coverage of the World Resources Forum 2015 in Davos, Switzerland. Our team of professional editors and seven aspiring young reporters were based in Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, U.K. and U.S.
Pro Journo’s Stefan Hilsner and Nicole Pfefferle interview Anders Wijkman, vice-president of the Club of Rome and a senior advisor at the Stockholm Environmental Institute at the World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Wijkman, one of ‘circular economy’s’ leading promoters, discusses how it can change our societies where the environmental movement has gone wrong in its efforts to convince people to act to save the planet.
Peter White is chief operating officer for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, having taken up the post after a long corporate career at Procter & Gamble. Here, he talks with Pro Journo about how companies can incorporate sustainability into their businesses—while still making a profit—and how attitudes in the corporate world are changing towards this.
Two leading promoters of female equality, Dr. Alice Kaudia, Kenya’s environment secretary and Dianne Dillon Ridgley, acclaimed women’s rights activist and environmentalist, discuss why many women are already practicing circular economy, how women’s associations can help achieve gender parity and why women still need affirmative action.
Port of Antwerp proudly announced last May that the Saudi company Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) will invest 3.7 billion euros (roughly U.S. $4 billion) in a green project at one of its docks. While the project is lauded as 40 percent more energy-efficient than a classical waste incinerator, doubts about how green the project actually is have quickly developed.
Upon opening a shipment of computers it had received through the International Children’s Fund (ICF), a Ghanaian school discovered the equipment sent was 15 years old. Most of the computers needed replacement parts, parts that weren’t available anymore. In the end, the school managed to get only a single computer working again. While the ICF had good intentions, a fake charity had handed it a container of what was meant to be workable secondhand material that was actually closer to its end of life—that is, effectively waste. That unfortunate Ghanaian school is only one victim in a long chain of corruption, theft and organized crime that stretches from Brussels to Cape Town.