Higher Education for Sustainability: Seeking Intellectual Independence

Late last year I received the manuscript of a book from a reputable publisher asking for my views on its strengths and weaknesses. I have done several book reviews in recent years, but I must admit this one was both a pleasure and surprise. I had heard of Kerry Shephard from a previous review ofContinue reading “Higher Education for Sustainability: Seeking Intellectual Independence”

Policy Coherence and the Sustainable Development Goals

POLICY COHERENCE, SHOEHORNING and the SDGs Since the early 1990s, the OECD has been at the forefront of international efforts to promote policy coherence for development (PCD). The OECD has a strong track record in monitoring policy coherence efforts in its Member countries through peer reviews. While PCD has traditionally beenseen as the main responsibilityContinue reading “Policy Coherence and the Sustainable Development Goals”

DEMOCRACY AND SUSTAINABILITY

CRABBY INCREMENTALISM OR TRANSFORMATION? We face a democratic tipping point in responding to the climate emergency as the choices of business as usual(no change) or incremental change can no longer command majority support. Global tipping points now demand urgent action at scale and urgency. Our systems of governance need to respond in parallel to thisContinue reading “DEMOCRACY AND SUSTAINABILITY”

What is a Climate Emergency?

Many of our governing bodies at both national and local levels are declaring a climate emergency. But what does this mean? Do we carry on as before or are we meant to do something differently? We usually think of an emergency as some event that has happened that requires an urgent need for action toContinue reading “What is a Climate Emergency?”

MEAT OR VEG ?ANOTHER WICKED SUSTAINABILITY ISSUE!

A new dilemma for those who advocate Veganism is on the agenda of the forthcoming Oxford Farming Conference. Farming and other interests are now arguing that it is vital we eat more lamb and beef because some crop plants and fish are being drained of essential nutrients.A heart specialist who is speaking at the conferenceContinue reading “MEAT OR VEG ?ANOTHER WICKED SUSTAINABILITY ISSUE!”

2020 – TEN YEARS TO SAVE THE PLANET!

This is the front-page headline carried by the Daily Mirror on New Year’s Day. Will this be the year transformative change happens? Or will we face another decade of business as usual?  One relatively simple test of our current trends in decarbonising our lifestyles is to ask ourselves this question: How many cars can theContinue reading “2020 – TEN YEARS TO SAVE THE PLANET!”

Once upon a time there was a little Dutch boy who discovered a leak in a North Sea dike in Holland( a story of flooding risk and its remedy adapted from the true story!)

What should he do? From a single leak, a terrible breach might grow. The whole country could be flooded, and everyone he knew would drown.Like any well behaved and responsible boy he did the only thing he could think of. He stuck his finger in the dike, and the leak stopped.Of course, now he wasContinue reading “Once upon a time there was a little Dutch boy who discovered a leak in a North Sea dike in Holland( a story of flooding risk and its remedy adapted from the true story!)”

The Ecology of Thought and Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

“As Aristotle put it long ago, human beings are distinguished from other species by our ability to use language. Yet too often, at our jobs and in our business, we don’t listen to one another. Invested in our views, we explain when we should inquire. Caught up in our own preconceptions, we disguise our feelingsContinue reading “The Ecology of Thought and Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

Climate Change and the proposed housing development on The Wolds Matlock

Can we Safeguard the Future of the Town ? Richard Arkwright and John Smedley(and son) were celebrated Victorian entrepreneurs. Their visionary use of the streams and rivers which are so abundant in the Derwent Valley, led to the development of innovative hydro-engineering systems, which powered the industrial revolution and factory-based cotton textile production in theContinue reading “Climate Change and the proposed housing development on The Wolds Matlock”