The Green New Deal

On February 7, 2019, representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey released the Green New Deal resolution, a document that has since been widely discussed, endorsed and criticised. This resolution declares 5 goals and 14 projects for tackling climate change and social welfare. I personally believe this to have been a giant step for the… Continue reading The Green New Deal

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Decision-Support tool: the DPSIR framework

The DPSIR framework is one of the four decision-support tools I am learning in my Environmental Management & Ethics course. The other three are cost-benefit analysis; stakeholder analysis and technology assessment. In this post I'll write what is the DPSIR and present a case study I submitted for the course. So, the DPSIR framework was… Continue reading Decision-Support tool: the DPSIR framework

Brazil’s National Water Resources Policy

Brazil's Water Resources Management Policy (law 9.433/97) is a document that establishes 1. important directives for the country's water management and 2. the main instrument for such management: a National Water Resources Management System (in Portuguese, SINGREH). There's no official translation to English for this policy, so the snippets I post here will be my… Continue reading Brazil’s National Water Resources Policy

Deep Ecology — an introduction

In 1972, Arne Næss, a norwegian philosopher, introduced the concept of Deep Ecology during a presentation at the Third World Future Research Conference in Bucharest. He juxtaposed two types of environmentalism: Long-range deep ecology movement This is the movement that questions our values, morals, systems and society practices in depth — hence the term deep… Continue reading Deep Ecology — an introduction

The Environment in Brazil’s Federal Constitution

It may seem otherwise, but Brazil has very strong and comprehensive environmental policies, some of which are even models internationally. Though these policies encounter severe difficulty in being implemented and surveilled, they provide a good framework for environmental analysis in various sectors (water resources, forestries and waste management, for instance). Since last year I studied… Continue reading The Environment in Brazil’s Federal Constitution

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, the United Nations came together in New York to set the agenda for the interval of 2015-2030 following the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the latter set for the period of 2000 to 2015 and having been moderately successful. The MDGs set 08 goals and 17 targets to be reached by 2015 (you can… Continue reading The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

International Environmental Politics: a timeline

While studying International Environmental Politics, I've always found myself very confused with all the treaties, bodies, agencies and documents. I couldn't form a timeline in my head and I often found myself confusing one conference for another 10 years apart. So I decided to put together a timeline here to make understanding and referencing this… Continue reading International Environmental Politics: a timeline

Tame and Wicked Problems

Okay, so we're stepping into methodology here a little bit. I had already read a little about tame and wicked problems before, but never did the output portion of it, so a lot was lost. I did a little research now for the courses I'm taking (which either directly or indirectly touch on this theme,… Continue reading Tame and Wicked Problems

Environmental Ethics Dilemma

What is right, what is wrong, and what should we do in complicated environmental dilemmas? In the following text I dig a little into these matters through three lenses: deep ecology, ecofeminism and land ethics. This is a composition I submitted for an Environmental Management and Ethics course, and it gave me a lot of… Continue reading Environmental Ethics Dilemma