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Category Archives: Social Sustainability

Spend, Don’t Mend.

Monbiot. Awesome. Read it… Spend, Don’t Mend..   Advertising and consumerism dull our capacity for empathy. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 26th November 2013. Guilt is good. It’s … Continue reading

28 November 2013 · Leave a comment

Espoo and the EIA: Effective Environmental Governance or Struggling, Conciliatory Measure?

1         MEAs & Effectiveness With the negative effects of human activity increasing at national and international scales across the gamut of existence, the need for binding means commit governments and … Continue reading

21 November 2013 · 1 Comment

Wanting makes us happier than having!

Originally posted on SIMON WILD:
Great news for the environment bad, news for retail. Interesting study from the University of Missouri that has studied the happiness effect from stuff and…

28 August 2013 · Leave a comment

Twitter Roundup, 21 August 2013

Interesting views opposing the anti-fracking groups re: previous tweet from @TheCommentator. Check the views in the comments. Not convinced. Hilariously, Green MP Caroline Lucas (arrested earlier) says democracy has failed … Continue reading

21 August 2013 · Leave a comment

Twitter Roundup

The hideous Belgian Blue SUPERCOW. Can people be persuaded to alter their diets for health and sustainability? Sweden’s energy supply now over 50 percent renewable! Amazing reality for … Continue reading

31 May 2013 · Leave a comment

Sustainable Development: Actors and Politics, Stakeholder Agendas and Power Relations

Internationally, Sustainable Development attracts and subsumes a vast network with multiple stakeholders involved in the politics of SD. It is worth exploring their potential agendas in relation to SD and … Continue reading

3 March 2013 · 6 Comments

Exponential procreation or eternal damnation?

The Rio +20 outcomes from the perspective of a UK-based NGO focusing on population. Population: What Elephant? Somewhere around 31-October-2011 the human population reached 7 billion individuals, right around the … Continue reading

22 November 2012 · 8 Comments

Is Resilience the new Holy Grail of Humanity?

According to Adger (2000), ‘resilience, in both its social and ecological manifestations, is an important aspect of the sustainability of development and resource utilisation’.  But does resilience theory have the … Continue reading

13 November 2012 · 1 Comment

Sustainable Development, Politics and Agency

Recently a private briefing on SD, Politics and Agency caught my attention.  After a good but brief introduction to social agency through an explanation of sociology’s externalities and psychology’s internalities, … Continue reading

2 November 2012 · Leave a comment

Population: A Problem for Sustainability?

It is estimated that on 31 October 2011 the human population reached 7 billion individuals. It was only 1999 when there were 6 billion people, and it is estimated to … Continue reading

21 September 2012 · Leave a comment

Originally posted on
Jurriaan Maessen July 17, 2010 Bangladesh leader Zillur Rahman and others in Asia are pushing for population control. As we know, the globalists endeavor…

3 August 2012 · Leave a comment


The Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development has turned out to be a major disappointment. Why are our leaders unable to step up and act in favour of universal … Continue reading

21 July 2012 · 6 Comments

Challenges, what challenges? Where’s the remote…

Yes sir, but can we switch off the tube for a minute please, sir? Can we sit and think for a few minutes maybe? Shouldn’t we be concentrating on the … Continue reading

21 February 2012 · 1 Comment

Will Technology be Our Safety Net?

Is technology a safety net, or does it just get in the way of what’s really important? Safety net for what? What is the problem we are trying to solve … Continue reading

15 February 2012 · 3 Comments

Annie Leonard and her Wonderful Stories of Stuff

We all need stuff to live. Seems simple. We need food, shelter, clothing, education, representative government, healthcare and employment. But our contemporary culture, and more importantly the people around us, … Continue reading

21 December 2011 · 3 Comments

A Book that Opens Eyes to Serious Social Sustainability

The Guardian’s Lynsey Hanley reviews Richard Wilkinson’s excellent book, The Spirit Level. Short URL. A clear and fair review, summarising well the best points whilst raising interesting issues.

4 December 2011 · Leave a comment

Social Sustainability Equates with Smaller Income Gaps

In a recent TED talk by the unbelievably articulate Richard Wilkinson, the gap between rich and poor was identified as the principal barrier in creating the greatest advances in social … Continue reading

3 November 2011 · Leave a comment

Part of the Problem? or Part of the Solution?

Rampant consumerism.
Widespread unsustainable lifestyles.
Unsustainable business practices.
Damaging and unsustainable travel and transport.
Extensive environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.
These are some of the problems we face.
Energy crisis.
Financial crisis.
Uneducated and un-empowered.
Environmental damage.
Food and water shortage.
Climate change.
Are you part of the problem,
Or are you part of the solution?

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