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NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 2017
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Dear Friends & Supporters,

Land degradation costs more lives than any other environmental disaster. If we don’t stop the trend of desertification, hundreds of millions of people will be forced to leave their homes in the next decades. The Future Policy Award turns a spotlight on this challenge - and honours effective responses. The winners of this year's FPA have been announced recently.

People of Tigray (Ethiopia) turn the desert into green land again, China reversed the trend of desertification and led millions of people out of poverty - and there are more inspiring success stories to tell with the Future Policy Award 2017!


Jakob von Uexkull, Alexandra Wandel & Stefan Schurig

The Management Board


FUTURE POLICY AWARD 2017: ETHIOPIA WINS GOLD
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It is estimated that 135 million people are at risk of being displaced by desertification, and drylands are the most conflict-prone regions of the world. Climate change, and the increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather in arid lands, makes combating desertification even more vital. With this year’s Future Policy Award, we honour effective policies that combat desertification - Ethiopia’s Tigray Region wins Gold.
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LEARNING TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE: THE SCOTTISH WAY
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Building sustainable, low-carbon societies starts with education: In Scotland, this is not lip service, but the heart of Scotland’s emerging pedagogy. The World Future Council has joined Education Scotland to see “Learning for Sustainability” in action. Find out more in Jakob von Uexkull's latest HuffPost Article
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CHARITY CONCERT IN BERLIN
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On Monday, 4 September 2017, a charity concert will take place in the Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmonie in order to support the World Future Council. Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the WFC, will hold the welcome speech.
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POLICY OF THE MONTH: TIGRAY'S LAND RESTORATION
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Tigray’s people are turning desert into green land again: The Ethiopian region is restoring its degraded lands and improving its food and water security. A well-deserved Future Policy Gold Award 2017!
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RECOMMENDED ARTICLE: 100% RENEWABLES FOR BANGLADESH
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Bangladesh is starving for energy. A 100% Renewable Energy strategy could provide enough clean energy for everyone in this sunny but pollution-prone country. ByWFC-Councillor Dipal Chandra Barua
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An increasing number of refugees worldwide are women and children. How can we better protect these women and girls from violence? This report highlights some exemplary practices and initiatives.
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The military-industrial complex is using their power to make governments maintain high military spending. This study presents ideas on how decision-makers can be convinced to use this budget to fund sustainable programmes instead.
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3 billion people worldwide rely on traditional biomass fuels. Deforestation, soil erosion and loss of biodiversity are the devastating results. This report evaluates the various technological pathways – and the barriers – leading towards sustainable solutions.
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