Global food security
One of the most urgent and complex global challenges is how to feed the growing human population in a sustainable and ethical way.
Industrial agriculture and factory farming are among the most unsustainable practices of modern civilisation. These have caused massive environmental and economic problems, health concerns, inhumane conditions for billions of animals, and a huge carbon debt. Our current global food system is responsible for one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing consumption of animal products is essential if we are to reduce global warming and its effects on climate change.
We want to collaborate with researchers, experts, innovators, businesses, entrepreneurs and people with great ideas, to develop new solutions which will enable healthy, sustainable, humane and organic nourishment that people will genuinely embrace.
The built environment encompasses those parts of our surroundings which are designed and constructed by humans. It is the so-called “human-made-space”, and presents the setting for the majority of our everyday activities.
However, human settlements are also the source of some of the greatest challenges of our time, in the form of economic inefficiency, environmental degradation and pollution, energy use, overcrowding, poor living conditions, damage to our health, water and food supply, and climate-related disasters, to name just a few. It is projected that by 2030 over 60% of the global population will live in cities and megacities (with more than 10 million inhabitants), which will bring huge social, economic and environmental transformations.
Therefore, it is vital that we develop smart solutions in the areas of design, construction, transportation, infrastructure, waste management, energy production and consumption, land and water use, and so on. Only by taking into account all the key factors and challenges of human settlements will we enable a sustainable future within urban development and ensure human and environmental health.
Governments have the responsibility to ensure healthy and safe environments for their citizens and to protect the natural habitat within their territory. However, the existing legal framework does not provide efficient means which would enable citizens or organisations, working on behalf of these concerns, to call upon this responsibility. On the other hand, the regional or global level of addressing environmental issues presents a greater challenge, because it operates in accordance with international law, which is an even more remote and often unattainable pathway. In order to have the ability to advocate for the necessary changes and solutions to the most pressing global climate issues, new legal frameworks, approaches and mechanisms need to be established and enforced.
Environmental advocacy seeks efficient legal pathways on the national, regional and global levels in order to combat climate change and accelerate and intensify the actions of states, international organisations and individuals that are needed for a sustainable common future. In the process of strategic litigation, we have the opportunity to point out the lack of adequate legal remedies to ensure the protection of the rights and interests of the natural habitat and the global community, and thus try to establish them. Even an unsuccessful legal claim and litigation can give valuable answers and lead to change. In order to establish new legal mechanisms and directions, it is crucial to accumulate lawsuits and various procedural claims that put pressure on the existing legal framework. Advocating, educating and raising awareness can strengthen the global response to the greatest environmental challenges of the 21st century.
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