State of the World 2014 Launch and Seminar in Copenhagen

Event Date: 
May 5, 2014 - 1:30pm
Dome of Visions, Søren Kierkegaards Plads, Copenhagen

State of the World 2013


When:               Monday, May 5, 2014, 1:30 p.m. (full programme)

Who:                 Ed Groark, President, Worldwatch Institute (U.S.)
                           Nathalie Girouard, OECD Green Growth Strategy Coordinator
                           Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers
                           Martin Manthorpe, Vice President, NCC Construction Denmark
                           Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Danish Climate & Energy Minister (tbc)
                           Margrete Auken, Danish Member of the European Parliament
                           Michael Jarlner, International Editor at Politiken (moderator)

Where:             Dome of Visions, Søren Kierkegaards Plads, Copenhagen (directions)

Coffee and refreshments will be available at the event. 

RSVP, contact: Event Co-ordinator, Alejandra Bize,, tel.: +45 5082 0699, or Press Officer, Katerina Batzaki,, tel.: +30 6972 960 578

Governing for Sustainability
Citizens expect their governments to lead on sustainability. But from largely disappointing international conferences like Rio+20 to the United States’ failure to pass meaningful climate legislation, government progress has been lackluster. That’s not to say leadership is absent; it just often comes from the bottom up rather than the top down. Action—on climate, species loss, inequity, and other sustainability crises—is being driven by local, people’s, women’s, and grassroots movements around the world, often in opposition to the agendas pursued by governments and big corporations.
These diverse efforts are the subject of the latest volume in the Worldwatch Institute’s highly regarded State of the World series. The 2014 edition, marking the Institute’s 40th anniversary, examines both barriers to responsible political and economic governance as well as gridlock-shattering new ideas. The authors analyze a variety of trends and proposals, including regional and local climate initiatives, the rise of benefit corporations and worker-owned firms, the need for energy democracy, the Internet’s impact on sustainability, and the importance of eco-literacy. A consistent thread throughout the book is that informed and engaged citizens are key to better governance.
The book is a clear-eyed yet ultimately optimistic assessment of citizens’ ability to govern for sustainability. By highlighting both obstacles and opportunities, State of the World 2014 shows how to effect change within and beyond the halls of government. This volume will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics—and citizens looking to jumpstart significant change around the world.
About Worldwatch Institute Europe
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