Fair trade is one method of promoting both social justice and green development. Caring about the welfare of people worldwide is closely related to caring for the planet.

It’s slowly dawning on me that focusing on environmental issues can and should be connected to social issues such as poverty and labour standards everywhere.  After all, caring about the environment is ultimately caring about people and animals. 

Local, clean, sustainable farming and  production conserves energy and enhances the wellbeing of local people. 

Taking care of the environment and fighting global warming  reduces the risk of disasters such as oil spills, toxic leaks, floods, dying vegetation, and weather extremes.  Averting these disasters prevents mass poverty and social unrest.

Paying fair wages and prices for goods; safe working conditions, jobs, and housing promote stable communities that are able to take care of local land, air, and waters.

What has inspired these ramblings?

A recent headline from UN News states “Transition to Green Economy must aim at Poverty Eradication”.
The news report  quotes a senior UN official, Sha Zukang, organizing an upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

One of the themes of the event will be how to promote “a green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.”

It will be interesting to see what this conference comes up with.  It’ll be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012 and will be known as “Rio 2012”.


Source:  UN News, March 4, 2011–http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37687&Cr=sustainable+development&Cr1=

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