Brazil and the limits of the possible
Meet Marina Silva. A former senator and minister of the environment for the ruling party, PT (the Brazilian Workers Party), in 2009 she left to joing the PV, Brazil’s small green party. Next year she finished third in the presidential race, with almost 20 million votes – an astonishing feat […]
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Turkey’s Construction Economy and its Environmental Impact
Last summer, I went to pick up a backpacking German friend in Ankara’s busy bus station. After exchanging greetings and talking about how life had been, I asked about his initial impressions of Turkey. “The countryside is impressive,” he said, “but the cities are quite weird”. When I asked him […]
Is the Fabled Indian Growth Story Falling Apart?
A conundrum of modern times, the debate on growth versus sustainability is like the age-old question of the chicken and the egg — which came first? Or in this case it is a question of priorities. Should we prioritise growth over sustainability or vice versa? Or why can’t be […]
Op Knocks: Sustainable Growth in Melbourne
Melbourne is a city known for its love of vintage and alternative fashion. Linked to this, is a love of the op shop, or thrift shop. The hundreds of op stores throughout the city range from small neighbourhood shops to giant warehouse superstores.
Five Reasons Why We Need a New Perspective on Consumption
This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Towards Sustainable Consumption.” Read more at http://blog.global-economic-symposium.org/. The concept of “sustainable consumption” comes from the straightforward insight about the limits of our ecology to sustain the Earth’s burgeoning population; as one African elder summarized the meaning of sustainable […]