News releases - Archive 2002
Earth Summit energy agreement a sham August 2002
70,000 reasons why the Summit failed: the WSSD agreement on access to energy, targets and subsidies is a sham offering little hope of getting clean energy to almost a third of humanity.
Baaba Maal challenges world leaders to Choose Positive Energy
The Senegalese singer unveils the Choose Positive Energy mural which incorporates over 1.6 million signatures from 27 countries to demand a target for renewable energy. Pre-launch briefing | Report and photos
The Earth Summit must address the double bottom line: tackling poverty without costing the earth August 2002
"Power to the People: sustainable energy solutions for the world's poor", a new paper by ITDGPractical Action in advance of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.
Power to the People: seminar on energy and poverty reductionJune 2002
AnITDGPractical Action multi-stakeholder seminar will look at visions to deliver sustainable energy solutions to the world's poor. Press release
EU signs international seed treaty June 2002
The EU's signing of the international seed treaty in Rome on 6th June 2002 could herald progress towards outlawing the privatisation of seeds that are the lifeline to millions of poor farmers world-wide.
New online resource on poverty and energy May 2002
Sparknet, a major online resource on poverty and energy, is a new knowledge network focusing on energy for low-income households in Southern and East Africa.
Genetic contamination of maize in Mexico threatens a vital reservoir for plant breeding April 2002
ITDGPractical Action joins the call for an immediate moratorium on the release of living modified organsisms for food, feed and processing in those regions that form part of the crop centres of origin and diversity for that species.
NGO Statement to CBD/COP6 April 2002
At the opening plenary of CBD/COP6 on 8th April 2002, Patrick Mulvany of ITDGPractical Action presented a statement urging the Conference of the Parties to assert the vital importance of biodiversity to the Earth Summit, and to take a tough and clear stance on the spread of GM crops and genetic pollution.
Goverments called to defend the Global Commons April 2002
ITDGPractical Action is calling on the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to put agricultural biodiversity, farmers' rights and biosafety at the heart of the Convention on Biological Diversity at their meeting in The Hague.
Genetic Futures in Food and Farming April 2002
A joint ITDGPractical Action and UK Food Group Seminar in advance of COP 6 built on the call of Farmers in the CBD's May 2000 meeting in Nairobi to put farmer-centred agricultural biodiversity and genetic resources policies at the centre of the CBD agenda.
Reaping the wind at Bourton HallMarch 2002
To demonstrate its work in countries such as Peru and Sri Lanka, ITDGPractical Action UK has erected a fully functional wind turbine on the front lawn of its head office at Bourton Hall, near Rugby.
Smoke gets in their eyes January 2002
Indoor air pollution from burning fossil fuels contributes to over two million deaths in developing countries. ITDGPractical Action's Smoke and Health Project in Kenya uses appropriate technology to reduce pollution in people's kitchens by two-thirds.
Choose Positive Energy: providing the power to tackle poverty
A new campaign challenging Northern governments to increase their renewable energy targets was launched by Greenpeace and The Body Shop on January 18th 2002, with ITDGPractical Action lending its support to offer a development perspective on the energy problems facing the world.