Make a Difference, Feel Good!
Your alarm clock rings but you can’t get out of bed so you click the snooze button. Thanks to the snooze application, you can now pledge 25 cents to a non-profit part of the LetGive network whenever you oversleep. Instead of feeling bad for not managing to wake up, you can actually feel good by contributing to a charity. This sounds like a great example of how digital technology can foster new and creative ways to engage in global solidarity. But which ethics of solidarity lie behind this form of donation? Or, in other words, what do the new communication strategies of humanitarianism tell us about the kind of solidarity promoted in our global age? This is the core question that drives Lilie Chouliaraki’s latest book.
Water is required by every living thing, yet a growing number of people face difficulties accessing it. Climate change, urbanization, pollution, energy use, agriculture, population growth, and migration, all contribute to water stress.
Emissions Targets: A Matter of Degrees?
November has been a dark month for those still optimistic about climate change adaptation and mitigation. The latest to sound the alarm is the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). In its Emission Gap Report 2012, released yesterday (21 November), UNEP warned that current pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions would not succeed in limiting temperature increases to 2°C vis-à-vis pre-industrial times.