Growing inequality, poverty and social injustice coupled with accelerating environmental degradation and reducing biodiversity are the defining challenges of our time. It is in this space that we explore alternatives for addressing these challenges in a sustainable and meaningful way. It explores ideas and concepts in thinking, in policy, in economics …
It is also aimed at exploring the potential of social movements to create and promote these alternatives on a local, regional and global scale.
Peters map and an alternative look at the world:
In 1973 Arno Peters, an amateur historian, devised a map based on James Gall’s orthographic projection. He promoted it as a superior alternative to the Mercator projection, which is used commonly in world maps. The Mercator projection increasingly inflates the sizes of regions according to their distance from the equator. This inflation results, for example, in a representation of Greenland that is larger than Africa, whereas in reality Africa is 14 times as large. Since much of the technologically underdeveloped world lies near the equator, these countries appear smaller on a Mercator, and therefore, according to Peters, seem less significant. On Peters’s projection, by contrast, areas of equal size on the globe are also equally sized on the map. By using his “new” projection, poorer, less powerful nations could be restored to their rightful proportions.