In December 2015 Foundation Earth along with other NGOs wrote to the World Bank again to encourage them to underscore the importance of forests in climate change and poverty alleviation, and to ask them to commit to a pledge of zero deforestation.
This new paper recommends to World Bankers a four point procedure to avoid industrial agriculture’s shredding of the planetary life support systems. It promotes a systems based approach with smaller-scale, soil building, and more flexible agricultural techniques that do not externalize their damaging costs.
The leaders of the world’s biggest economies believe that investing in infrastructure will kick-start global growth. However, they must rethink their approach to global infrastructure spending in favor of more sustainable investment that respects the planetary boundaries.
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An initial step towards a True Cost Economy would be to tell the ecological truth about the damage we do to the planet. Here is a plan for a “one stop shopping center” for our dedicated researchers, concerned citizens, and elected officials to use to solve pressing problems. We don’t want to wait to take such a common sense step in a post-collapse rebuild when we can do it now.
Foundation Earth, with help from the Council of Canadians, produced a report card to grade Canada & Prime Minister Harper against a short list of bold steps being taken by countries worldwide to achieve a healthy, truer cost, economy and a cleaner planet. Canada, once a leader on many fronts, has fallen under the current national leadership.
In The News
January 15th 2016
Randy Hayes wrote up Foundation Earth’s response to the Paris Climate Change Convention and conceptualized our next steps to protect the planet. Read it here.
October 16th 2015
Megan Perry at the The Sustainable Food Trust profiled our recent Biosphere Smart Agriculture report in their newsletter.
September 2nd 2015
Our G20 letter to raise awareness of the environmental issues in mega-infrastructure investments was profiled by Reynard Loki at Alternet.
Read the article here
July 14th 2015
Randy Hayes, co-founder of Rainforest Action Network and the new Foundation Earth, dropped into The Peter Collins Show to talk about a range of issues he’s working on, from climate change to global infrastructure planning to reforestation.
July 6th 2015
Terrence McNally interviewed Randy Hayes on Free Forum about the need to help under-consumers (the malnourished and wanting) move up to a sustainable level of consumption while we assist over-consumers (the wasteful and indifferent) down.
In The Daly News, Brent Blackwelder supports our call to double the rainforest canopy. Read his article here.
April 8th 2015
The Progressive Radio Network interviewed Randy Hayes on their Green Power and Wellness Hour. Click to listen to the podcast.
March 31st 2015
Dan Imhoff’s article in the Bretton Woods Observer discussed the role of agro-ecology vs. industrial agriculture in “Will The World Bank Get Truly Climate Smart?”
March 25th 2015
Read Suzanne York’s blog-post Can The World Move Beyond Infinite Planet Thinking? on the need to challenge the global infrastructure investment model.
March 16th 2015
Jeremy Hance wrote up a great piece in Mongabay.com on our letter to the G20 leaders on the need to rethink global infrastructure investment and to adopt a more sustainable approach. Read it here
October 10th 2014
Read Dan Imhoff’s article in the Huffington Post arguing for the World Bank to Commit To Food Security. Read it here
January 25th 2014
Regarding our World Bank Fight, we had an interim victory for rainforests & rivers. The Washington Post reported on January 25th: “In a blow to plans set by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, the United States recently approved an appropriations bill that orders the bank’s U.S. board member to vote against any major hydroelectric project…The measure also demands that the organization undertake “independent outside evaluations” of all of its lending”. The amendments apply to all international financial institutions, including regional ones such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the African Development Bank. See Foundation Earth thank you letter to Senator Leahy, list of our friends signing March 24th WB letter, and actual bill language.
An Interview with Randy Hayes: The Vision Behind a True Cost Economy
Watch the unabridged, full-length interview with Foundation Earth founder Randy Hayes at summerrayne.net: The vision behind a true cost economy with Randy Hayes. Later in the month, it’ll be featured on Huffington Post and Elephant Journal, so keep your eyes peeled!
Don’t have time to watch the whole interview? Click here for an excerpt (“Not all technologies are neutral”).
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