There is a growing international awareness of climate change as a universal threat to human development that goes far beyond a narrow “environmental problem”. hbs, in its joint efforts together with partners in Palestine and Jordan aims at highlighting the connection between environmental issues and dimensions of equality, human rights, and collective rights. hbs projects are related to Environmental Justice, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies, and Natural Resource Management.
In the context of Palestine, the ongoing occupation aggravates existing environmental issues and prevents Palestinians from the use of their own natural resources. Gaza faces the direct consequences of the blockade. In Jordan renewable energy and environmental protection yet have to become part of the country’s reform agenda and a stronger public engagement.
Green Economy is a source of both hope and controversy. For some, it points the way out of permanent environmental and economic crises and promises to reconcile – a long cherished Utopia – ecology and economics. It fosters the hope that we can hang on to our current high standard of material prosperity.