Tread Softly is an educational resource, offering over 100 short briefings on topics relevant to sustainable development and global justice. These focus especially on the world’s poorest countries, striving for social and economic equality, amidst the scramble for scarce and degraded natural resources.
You can access every briefing from the menu above (or the footer menu below). The links that immediately follow are recent news stories chosen for their relevance to Tread Softly topics.
Demagogues Threaten Human Rights 12/1/2017: The rise of populist leaders in the US and Europe poses a dangerous threat to basic rights protections while encouraging abuse by autocrats around the world. This is the verdict of Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2017.
Zimbabwe unlikely to ratify controversial seed treaty 11/1/2017: Big global seed companies are trying to force through plans that compel small farmers to buy only their patented seed, usually genetically modified seed, on the promise of increased agriculture yields. Zimbabwe may stand up for traditional ways
Some cheer for Indian fight against female foeticide 10/1/2017: The tragedy of female foeticide continues to reflect poorly on Indian culture and government. Tougher implementation of the law has improved the sex ratio at birth in Haryana State, but from a low baseline.
How poor census figures stall progress in Nigeria 13/1/2017: A Nigerian government minister openly acknowledges the continued failure to conduct a reliable census. In Africa's most populated country, the development of essential public services depends on reliable data.
Hotter Days Will Drive Global Inequality 20/12/2016: Average global income is predicted to be 23% less by the end of the century than it would be without climate change. But the figure for poorer countries may be much worse because they tend to be those already experiencing high temperatures.
What to expect for rainforests in 2017 4/1/2017: Rhett Butler, founder of the Mongabay news service, outlines eight topics affecting the fate of tropical forests to follow during 2017. The political climate in Brazil is a major concern.
Managing Fossil Fuel Decline
A group of lawmakers at the recent Marrakech climate conference addresses the urgency of revaluing stranded assets of fossil fuel companies
Kenya: Camp Closure Leaves 260,000 Somali Refugees Without Options
Kenya’s repatriation program for Somali refugees does not meet international standards for voluntary refugee return
from Human Rights Watch