Sustainability

Is Litter Too Boring for the Environment Movement?

Trewin Restorick | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK
Trewin Restorick

Another general election slides by with barely a murmur about environmental issues despite growing evidence that we are placing increasing strains on the earth's capacity to provide the resources desired by modern lifestyles.

Walking to School: One Way to Defuse the Childhood Obesity Timebomb

Joe Irvin | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents
Joe Irvin

Over the next 10 years, pupil numbers are going to increase. The walk to school is in long-term decline and it would impact greatly on future generations if something so vital to the health of our children became a thing of the past.

Innovation in Higher Education: Leaning the Learning

Gregory Borne | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Gregory Borne

(Mark Bowen Director of Magna Solutions Ltd. assessing student expectations for their lean training) Teaching in Higher Education and especially wh...

Ten Defining Words of the 2015 General Election

Debbie Griffiths | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Debbie Griffiths

So, there we have it. A Conservative government with an absolute majority. Who'd have thought it? Very few, it seems. While there'll be much back slapping in Tory ranks, a big SNP knees up north of the border and genuine grins on Green faces, there'll be a lot of navel gazing in other parties...

If We Want the Young to Vote We Need to Offer Some Inspiration

Mark Flanagan | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Flanagan

If you want younger people to vote give them a vision they can get inspired by and be honest. If we collectively face up to our responsibilities to future generations then those 18-25 'non-voters' might start listening again.

Is Our Food Environment Sustainable?

Dr. Margaret Leitch | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK
Dr. Margaret Leitch

Eating is a pretty basic function. Essential to sustaining life, and infinitely pleasurable, we have few limitations on the food we eat today. Yet the global rise of both obesity, and eating disorders, demonstrate how complicated our relationship with food, and the 'food environment' has become. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Does it matter?

What Do Earth Day and Levi's Jeans Have in Common? Water Resource Sustainability and Consumer Responsibility

Rose Taylor | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Taylor

April 22nd is Earth Day. Maybe this means a lot to you, perhaps it doesn't. Maybe you want to help the environment but don't know where to start. Well, how about don't wash your jeans. Not on Earth Day, or the next day, or the next week or even the next month.

Harping on About Water

Catrin Finch | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Catrin Finch

I accompanied Serawark on her daily routine and was appalled to see that the water she depends on was teeming with leeches. I watched as Serawark tried her best to only collect the cleanest water by painstakingly filtering out insects and silt with a jug.

Solar Powered Plane Begins Round-The-World Journey

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Tech

A solar powered aircraft has begun a record-breaking attempt to travel around the globe. Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi and is now heading ea...

Are the Greens Ready for Power?

Professor Tim Cooper | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Politics
Professor Tim Cooper

Back in the 1980s, the party proudly proclaimed that it offered a new direction in politics that was neither left not right. It should do so again. It needs to convince voters from all political backgrounds that its policies will improve their quality of life. If the Green Party only sells its message to the left, the Conservatives will be the winners.

Confessions of an Eco-Villain

Anna Gillespie | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gillespie

I did a lot of things at university that weren't very green. And not just with food excess. My lights were left on all day and night, I had a mountain of plastic bags hidden in wardrobes, under beds, in cupboards and in drawers ... I'm quite sure I had some in the bathroom at one point.

2015: Setting the Right Course

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

2015 gives me hope, but we need faith in the political system, in businesses, in civil society and in the people running them to ensure that the promise of the SDGs is fulfilled and the global economy works for all communities, now and in the future.

Why Scotland Needs to Think Carefully About its Flood Defence Policy

Simon Thomas | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Simon Thomas

While SEPA's aims are admirable - and sustainable solutions are vital for future generations - their solutions seem to edge too close to idealism.

Don't Tell Me You Know What Sustainability Is, It Won't Be Pretty!

Gregory Borne | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK
Gregory Borne

After spending 18 years exploring various dimensions of sustainable development, and its less specific cousin sustainability I adhere to the old adage - the more you know the less you understand...

The Eco-Socio Revolution in Jordan's Second Largest City

One Young World | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
One Young World

Ayah is a One Young World Ambassador from Jordan. In the lead up to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week she entered a blogging contest called 'Describe the Ideal City in 2030'.

The Trouble With Cheap Meat

Andrew Wander | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Wander

But the injustices of intensive meat production aren't limited to the animals involved, or the natural environment, or the people unfortunate enough to live close to industrial farms. It's worse than that.

Freeze a Jolly Good Fellow

Trewin Restorick | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Trewin Restorick

In a chestnutshell Festive Freeze aims to help households save money and stamp out the absurdity of food waste. But it is not just households that can benefit from the campaign. Across the UK the prize for cutting food waste is considerable as it is estimated that a concerted effort could prevent £30billion tonnes of food being wasted by 2025.

Is the Sharing Economy a Caring Economy?

Nick Liddell | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Nick Liddell

As a child, I was brought up to believe that sharing was a good thing to do. It makes sense to share things we don't need to use all the time. It's a way of making and keeping friends. It often comes with an emotional reward. And it's a sign of a civilised society at work: not every exchange of valuable goods requires a transaction.

Why Wasting Food Should Be as Unacceptable as Throwing Litter

Alicia Lawson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alicia Lawson

The difficulty with food waste is that its real environmental damage is created through its production, not its disposal. It's hard to connect wasting food with the damage it causes, because by the time it's on your plate, the damage has already been done.

30 Rock Lessons on Sustainable Office

Sonia Waszkowiak | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sonia Waszkowiak

Winter is no longer coming, it is officially here. I should know because I've been consistently freezing in the office for the past couple of weeks. As much as I love my woolly jumpers, it is not the "ugly Christmas sweater" season yet.

Overfishing Threatens Our Oceans - Again

James Thornton | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
James Thornton

The fishing industry has been gearing up for the landing obligation, and progress is being made. New nets with larger holes mean smaller fish, doomed to be thrown back dead under the old law, are allowed to swim free.

What Do People Really Think About Climate Change?

Trewin Restorick | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Politics
Trewin Restorick

There can be few debates that provoke quite such a polarised reaction as climate change. There is a strong media narrative that continues to challenge the science whilst steps to address the issue are portrayed as being anti-growth and imposing yet more unnecessary restrictions on everyday freedoms.

Sustainable Leadership vs. Natural Leadership?

Mary Daniels | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Mary Daniels

'Sustainable Leadership' seems to be the current buzz phrase in business. One definition of sustainability is 'conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources'. What I understand this to mean is: don't take more than you need and behave in a way that benefits the whole, keeping in mind future generations.

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Andy Middleton | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Andy Middleton

With the privilege of starting again, the one thing that I'd change would be to dream wild change a few years earlier, and laugh more loudly at the folk who say it can't be done. They were never going to try in the first place.

The Battle Between Oil and Electricity

Intelligence Squared | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Can we take the boundary between these two energy carriers for granted? Although the division appears clear and logical at the moment, history shows that nothing can be taken for granted. When oil was first produced, it was not to fuel the internal combustion engine.