Articles of: Birgit Engel

COP27 needs to leave the ivory tower

Climate justice is not only a matter of international cooperation, but first of all of social equality and shared responsibility The latest IPCC report (AR6) from 2022 provides policymakers with specific adaptations and mitigations solutions to face the climate crisis which are effective, feasible, and, they continue to emphasis, „conform to principles of justice“. What …

The Conferences of the Parties – a brief history of suppression

Rather than raising binding commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a new and higher level, COP26 increased the massive inequality gap between the countries of the Global North and South. According to an assessment made by the Indian Center for Science and Environment (CSE), of the eight topics on the Glasgow agenda – climate …

Show me what democracy looks like!

More and more environmental lawsuits reveal a lack of access to justice for individuals and organizations in national and international courts. Citizens have to fight in court for what multinational corporations have been handed on a silver platter by numerous Free Trade Agreements: the possibility to sue for economic damages caused by climate change impacts. …

„The killing of Ben transformed our fears into a challenge“

We are aware of the dramatically intensifying attacks on social movements and human rights defenders in the Philippines under the Duterte administration. We have also learnt that the coronavirus pandemic is being used to repress civil society. Could you give us a brief update on the latest developments and describe the various means of repression? …

David versus Goliath: MASIPAG condemns the approval of Golden Rice in the Philippines

In December 2019, around 20 years after its development, the Philippine Ministry of Agriculture classified the genetically modified Golden Rice as a safe food and granted permission for its direct use as food, feed and for further processing, despite decades of resistance from farmers and consumers, as well as campaigns by civil society. The MASIPAG …

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