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Category Archives: Sustainable Development

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

Corporate Sustainability: Profit, Motive and Intention in Greenwash

      A large-scale sustainable trajectory is impossible without the corporate sector, whose profit is neither necessary nor sufficient for sustainability, and where ethical motives, positive intention and measurable … Continue reading

21 November 2013 · 4 Comments

Strengthening the UK Homes and Communities Agency: Supporting regeneration, integrating sustainability

  Presentation given 07 March 2013. Here is a link to the presentation: In the United Kingdom, delivering sustainability in regeneration and social, or affordable, housing is the responsibility of the … Continue reading

21 November 2013 · Leave a 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

How to be green – Solar Power is cheaper than carbon capture and storage (CCS)

Originally posted on SIMON WILD:
Getting to zero carbon or 80% by 2050 is a tough task, its going to cost money but as with anything that costs money we…

12 March 2013 · 2 Comments

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

“Suits and Savages”: A fair portrayal? Devil’s Advocate

See the short film here: Whilst it might seem provocative, I’m going to play devil’s advocate argue in favour of international NGO initiatives, as it’s worth challenging Young’s tear-jerking … Continue reading

12 February 2013 · 2 Comments

“Suits and Savages”: A fair portrayal?

Watch the film Suits and savages by Zoe Young ( and consider whether the classic bad guys are portrayed fairly and evenhandedly. See my Devil’s Advocate position in the next … Continue reading

12 February 2013 · Leave a comment

Urbanisation Part I – Key Issues

Part one of a three part discussion entitled Urbanisation: towards a progress in understanding within the UN Sustainable Development Conference Arena 1 What’s it all about? Known variously as urban … Continue reading

6 January 2013 · Leave a comment

North-South Climate Justice: Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Climate change (CC) is seen as a result of development, namely economic growth which accelerated during the period of industrialization in the global ‘North’. Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due … Continue reading

6 January 2013 · Leave a comment

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

From Limits to Growth to Global Change

   Reflection on Buttel et al, From Limits to Growth to Global change (1990) This is a paper that compares and contrasts two dominant debates in environmental science and ideology, … Continue reading

2 November 2012 · Leave a 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

Food for Thought: Four Books and a Seminar

     Two books have surfaced that are particularly exciting: The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin and Requiem for a Species: Why we … Continue reading

28 October 2012 · Leave a comment

Planetary Boundaries – Safe Limits and Transgressing Important Boundaries

In 2009, Rockstrom et al published a paper entitled ‘A safe operating space for humanity’. The paper defines planetary boundary as: ‘the safe operating space for humanity with respect to … Continue reading

14 October 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

Rio+20 Outcomes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Following the press coverage in the run up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, one would be forgiven for thinking it was destined to fail. The advance draft texts … Continue reading

5 August 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

Debates in Sustainable Development – Cyclical and Twisted

If the challenge of defining sustainable development isn’t enough to spin your head, the cornucopia of its contexts, applications and arenas will – anything and everything from natural resource use … Continue reading

29 June 2012 · Leave a comment

Economic Growth and Prosperity are Not the Same Thing

The sadly devolved Sustainable Development Commission published an incredible report entitled Propserity Without Growth, which perfectly explains, well, what it says on the tin… For us, the central salient point: … Continue reading

27 March 2012 · 1 Comment

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

Dude, what’s up with Canada, eh?

What are they thinking? First of all, Canada, an area of magnificent unspoilt wilderness, continues to support their environmentally detrimental and carbon intensive tar sands mining in favour of, you … Continue reading

18 December 2011 · 1 Comment

Congratulations Earth, You’ve Been Granted an “Instrument”

Durban Climate Talks Conclude without Great Substance. Hurrah, let’s all stand up and congratulate our climate change negotiators in Durban for finding the political will to grant our beloved Earth … Continue reading

11 December 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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