Now is the time to rise up for Rojava

Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been betrayed by the US, giving the Turkish state a green light to carry out atrocities in Northern Syria, write Amber Huff and Patrick Huff. This blog post first appeared on the Red Pepper website. The military alliance between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Northeastern Syria and Washington was always…

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HLPF 2019: Why inclusion and power matter for sustainability

On 9-18 July the UN’s High-Level Political Forum meets to discuss progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This meeting takes the theme of “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality“. The theme particularly addresses goals around education, growth and employment, inequality, climate change, peace, justice and inclusion, and partnerships. The theme is a crucial…

Extinction Rebellion

Diets not riots: what would massive public dialogue on climate change look like?

The UN’s COP24 climate conference reaches its halfway point this weekend, and carbon emissions are going in the wrong direction worldwide. Debates about the best ways to tackle climate change are spilling out on to the streets and making headlines beyond the conference in Poland. In France, the gilets jaunes have made a violent and…

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Learning from rapid change in a warming world: Rapid Transition Alliance launches

A new initiative to learn from stories of rapid change is launched on 3 December, at the start of COP24, the UN’s annual global conference on climate change. The Rapid Transition Alliance explores the lessons from changes – over a scale of five to ten years – that represent transformations in finance, work, resources, food,…

Three approaches for transformations to sustainability: new STEPS paper

A new paper from the STEPS Centre sets out a new threefold framework for achieving transformative change under the Sustainable Development Goals. The working paper, Transformations to Sustainability, is co-authored by researchers from across the STEPS global consortium. The framework includes three approaches to transformation, which the authors call structural, systemic and enabling approaches. Transformations…

Xochimilco, México. Photo: Fotografía: Rocío Brito García, Oikos

Xochimilco and its wetlands: lessons from the earthquake of 2017

Researchers of the STEPS Centre North America hub have published an article about its work relating to “chinampas” of Xochimilco, a very vast wetland in the peri-urban area of México City that was beaten by the earthquake of 2017.

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Mapping a transforming world in the Sierra Huichol, Mexico

by Shiara González, Lakshmi Charli-Joseph, and Beth Tellman The Wixáritari communities, better known as Huichol, are mainly located within the Sierra Madre Occidental, north of Jalisco state, Mexico. These communities, like many others in the world, and particularly in the Americas, are subject to pressures from the ‘Western’ world which are the catalyst for many…

Outdoor exhibition with prototype pedal tractor and solar panels

Forking the SDGs: How prototypes could transform the new global goals

Sustainable alternatives often come about through prototypes, from DIY electronics repair to ecohousing, agricultural tools to digital knowledge platforms. Prototypes are often small (at least to begin with) and local, but they can yield surprising results – sometimes becoming mainstream technologies like wind turbines, or ways of doing things like car clubs. This makes prototypes…

The STEPS Centre’s programme: 2018-2021

The ESRC STEPS Centre, part of the Pathways to Sustainability Global Consortium, is working on four annual themes from 2018-2021. Through a series of events and learning activities linked to research, we are focusing on alliances and dialogue between scholarship and activism on sustainability issues. The four-year phase is made possible by the funding of…

Satellite image of solar farm in China

Green transformations in India and China: who’s in charge?

by Sam Geall, Wei Shen, Lyla Mehta and Peter Newell This is one in a series of four blog posts exploring ideas and case studies on ‘transformations’, drawing on research carried out in 2017 and looking forward to the STEPS Centre’s work in 2018. For background and links to the other posts, read the introduction….