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Some of the environmental issues that Earth Council Geneva addressed in its early days are described below. In partnership with Universities and other organizations, between 2003 and 2007 Earth Council Geneva developed interactive e-learning modules, which were ultimately used by over 8,000 students in 83 countries. These courses are available upon request, and can be updated on a case by case basis.

In line with the goal of our initial mission... to raise global awareness of these issues... our programs did just that, and these concerns are now more than ever in the public eye and the topic of international discussions. Our focus now has turned to other needs, and challenges as urgent and pressing as these ongoing topics. Still, the magnitude and importance of these issues cannot be overstated.


The evidence is in. It is sobering and irrefutable. Our world is undergoing dramatic changes in weather patterns, in the intensity of storms, in the disappearance of glaciers and ice caps, and in rising temperatures and sea levels. Our deserts are expanding. People and animals are being displaced. Species are threatened. Global climate change is upon us and, according to the consensus of the world’s top scientists, human activity must shoulder the major share of culpability.

global_tradeAs our world becomes progressively globalized, as nations no longer remain isolated and apart from the world community, it is ever more important that those involved in trade negotiations fully understand the history, the issues, the nuances and the ramifications of their work.

sustainable_developmentSecuring a sustainable future requires that we find ways to meet the needs of the present without imposing on future generations. It necessitates stewardship of the environment, resources, economic development, and social progress. Earth Council Geneva is committed to fostering policies towards a more sustainable future.

biodiversityBiodiversity is the variety of plants, animals, micro-organisms, and their ecosystems. It is important because plants, animals, and other living things are interdependent. Biodiversity provides fresh air, clean water, rich soils, medicines, natural beauty, and more. Biodiversity is diminishing in the face of several threats, including climate change, pollution, overpopulation, environmental degradation overexploitation and consumption, and invasive species.

desertificationDesertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid, and dry sub-humid areas. It is largely a result of climatic variations and unsustainable land use practices, such as overgrazing, over-cultivation, and poor irrigation. Desertification contributes to poverty, famine, and the deterioration of natural resources. Over 250 million people are directly affected by desertification.