During environmental and climate emergencies, local decision-makers must place an even greater emphasis on the principle of ecological sustainability in their decisions.
The movement began with the city of Konstanz at the beginning of May, and since then two state capitals, Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein and Saarbrücken in Saarland have followed suit. With the latest addition of Aachen in North Rhine-Westphalia, the number of cities that have declared a climate emergency (Klimanotstand) in Germany has risen to 13.
Climate emergency is not a legal concept, declaring it is a political act without any legal obligations attaching to it.
The resolutions declaring the climate emergency usually state that city executives must review the potential climate and environmental consequences of all their proposed decisions, and that they must choose the solution that is the most consistent with the principle of ecological sustainability.
Only a few years after the brutally honest documentary Before the Flood, a new film has been made, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, about the shocking consequences of global warming. Ice on Fire seeks to find out whether we can still reverse the impact of climate change.
The Central American country has been a paragon of environment-friendly governance for decades. It has set the ambitious goal of phasing out fossil fuels altogether by 2050.
At their meeting in Japan, the environment ministers of G20 countries agreed on a global framework for the introduction and application of measures to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste pollution.
Competitors in the 1st Tisza Lake Plastic Cup collected almost three tonnes of waste over the three-day event. As the organisers and the participants emphasised, that is only the tip of the iceberg, as the floods of recent weeks have spread much more waste around the flood plain of the river.
The town of Kamikatsu in Japan recycles 80 percent of all its waste, and it plans to reach full recycling by 2020.
The country has announced that it will enact a law declaring its commitment to achieving net zero carbon-dioxide emissions by 2050.
During Democratic Design Days, IKEA presented and announced several initiatives towards becoming people and planet positive. These include a new collection using waste plastic recovered from the Mediterranean, a prototype plant-based alternative to the meatball and an urban plant-growing collaboration with designer Tom Dixon.
The cooperation between Adidas and the environmental protection organisation Parley for the Oceans began four years ago. It was in 2015 that they joined forces to create the Parley UltraBOOST running shoes, which have the special feature of being made from plastic waste fished out of the oceans and recycled polyester.
The soil conditioner presented at the 2016 Budapest Water Summit has received a green light in Kenya. The product of Water & Soil Ltd., which offers a 6-20 percent increase in productivity in agriculture without irrigation and a 50 percent water saving in irrigation agriculture has received a distribution licence.
The European Commission has proposed an EU budget of over €168 billion (more than HUF 53.8 trillion) for 2020 for a more competitive European economy, the creation of jobs, combating climate change and for promoting solidarity and security.