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The 22nd August 2012 was Earth Overshoot Day.  Earlier than ever! We are now operating in overdraft, because nature’s budget for the entire year has already been exhausted.

Encourage further people to be active and strengthen the network and its engagement for a world in balance! Examples from our local groups show the importance and how to become active for the Global Marshall Plan Initiative:

Hamburg’s local Global Marshall Plan group will present the Initiative and its goals within the accompanying programme of the International Nature Film Festival ‘Green Screen’, taking place on September 6-10 in Eckernfoerde (Northern Germany).

At the 27th of June 2012, the first University Day took place in Kiel. In honor of Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, who coined the meaning of “Weltinnenpolitik” (predecessor definition of Global Governance) and would have become 100 years in 2012, an ambitious group of students organized a high-quality program in Kiel.

The Global Marshall Plan Foundation is organizing 2 further 1-day workshops about the Global Marshall Plan and the Initiative. The one which will be held in German will take place on Saturday, 13 October 2012. For the English language one, which will take place this fall too, is no exact date available yet. All interested, curious and motivated people are invited to participate.

In our July newsletter, we reported on the first successful annual- and networking-meeting of the University-days project. Inspired by the input and the exchange of all co-creators, the initiators are now developing the project further and optimize processes during the summer months.

Dear fellow campaigners and supporters of the Global Marshall Plan,

The coordination office is delighted to be able to announce the launch of our Initiative’s new website! Serving as a source of information and contact point since 2003, the website has now been revised and improved substantially.

In an interview with the Austrian newspaper “ZentrumKurier”, Joseph Riegler, Nova EUropa presidium member, former Austrian vice chancellor, and co-initiator of the Global Marshall Plan Initiative, displays contemporary global challenges.

Convinced that the sun could serve as the energy source of a peaceful world, Dr. Franz Alt – renowned supporter of our Initiative – comments on the potential of the star:
It is regarded as a divine symbol in all religions. Without it, no life would be possible.

Last week, the Rolling Stone magazine published a new article of co-founder Bill McKibben that he estimates as the most important writing he has done ever since “The End of Nature” (first book about climate change for a general audience), way back in 1989.

World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) – alliance partner of the Global Marshall Plan Initiative - is an international alliance which is formed by 318 members from over 80 countries. Their aim is to strengthen citizen’s actions and the civil society all over the world, while ingeriting the vision of a global community in which active and engaged citizens are creating a more equitable world.

The countdown to the Good Food March 2012 begins!
Starting towards the end of August at various locations throughout the EU, people from across Europe will be setting off to Brussels.

The 2012 session of ECOSOC was held in New York from 2 to 27 July.

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) constitutes one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. The establishment of the ECOSOC noted for the first time that economic and social issues are interrelated on a global scale.

With more than 8,700 corporate participants from over 130 countries, the UN Global Compact has developed into the world’s largest network whose members assume their corporate responsibility on a voluntary basis. Hence, they are contributing to the UN’s global mission in various ways.

Some further innovative successful examples about how creative and fun awareness raising for the Global Marshall Plan can be:

Beeing commited and engaged for something real besides scientific studies shows to be a very valuable experience for future decision makers. Meeting monthly or weekly at their campus group sessions, many supporters and activists for a more balanced world are organizing awareness raising activities for their fellow students.

To celebrate what has been reached so far (more than 24 University Days within one and a half years), to evaluate existing cooperation, strengthen the teamwork and to develop the concept further, more than 40 participants – representatives of organizing student groups, lead partners of the project as well as the supporters and sponsors- came together from all over Germany and Austria to Reisensburg Castle in south Germany.

The first complete World Atlas on the Utilization of Resources was presented to the public on July 12, 2012 by the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) in Vienna, and thereafter presented during the World Conference Rio + 20.

Environment and Development organizations demand further development of German air traffic tax
NGOs and environmental activists agree: The Rio summit ended with a rather disillusioning result on Friday 18th of June 2012. Beforehand defined goals were affirmed again and no path breaking changes of the international developing course occurred.
The new UN Report mentions a record of 800.000 people who became refugees in 2011. Two days before World Refugees Day on June 20th 2012 the report „UNHCR Global Trends 2011“ of „United Nation High Commission of Refugees“ (UNHCR), the refugees commissionership of the United Nations, demonstrates a frightening growing trend of people who were forced aside of their home country.

Also in July is a lot to report about activities of the local groups and active persons of our Initiative. For instance, the local groups of Munich, Lake Constance region and the campus group of Villingen-Schwenningen were very active and are well established locally.

Johannes Dreer, economist and supporter of our initiative, is leading a discussion circle of sustainable development. The circle offers an exchange of people from different sectors of the daily life.
“The increase of sea levels is difficult to predict, but is nevertheless an important consequence of climate change,“ says Michiel Schaeffer of Climate Analytics and the University of Wageningen, the leading author of the here introduced study.

Recently, the exciting study "Strengthening the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme and Raising Climate Ambition - Facts, Measuers and Implications", focusing on the reconstruction of the EU-climate protection system, has been released by the Öko-Institut, commissioned the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Greenpeace.

With three years remaining until 2015, the 2012 progress report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) released in July 2012 highlights progress in many important areas including poverty reduction, access to safe drinking water and reduced levels of child mortality.