Most of these students have never been to a wetland, never been to a river..it’s exciting to awaken these feelings.
The value of interdisciplinarity is that most of the complex societal and global problems that we are facing can not be resolved or even ameliorated from a single vantage point.
The household is a place where change can happen, a place where change needs to happen.
If I put sustainability into the software system requirements, that means during testing I now have to test whether the system meets those sustainability requirements. What I’m doing now is finding those metrics.
Technology amplifies underlying human forces.
We have to re-imagine our communities…what we have built is unsustainable
If you take climate change seriously, you also have to discuss how to transform society, not just industry but also transforming life in society so that it will keep providing welfare.
Fracking…hydraulic fracturing… but the term now encompasses the whole debate about the use of fossil fuels in the modern world.
Take time out to think about what you are doing, and once you’ve set that goal the world will conspire to help you.
When you appeal to the rational economic man, you strengthen those values, prime those values, and the intrinsic ones become weaker. If I tell you that installing these solar panels will be cheaper, then you become less interested in unity with nature, social justice – a beautiful world. And what we know is that a […]
How do we nurture and scale up the seeds of the better Anthropocene?
On one hand I saw how wonderful people are when they gather to save patients with cancer – which was my job – and on the other hand that same species was destroying their own habitat, making doctors like me helpless if this was allowed to go on.
I value my kidneys, but I have no intention of selling them. But for some reason when we look at wetlands that function as the kidneys of our ecosystem, they are for sale. There’s something wrong there.
We sell electricity in units, rather than as a service – so the electricity companies want us to buy more. So the market is diametrically opposed to energy efficiency. Every time we use less energy they make less profit.
My analogy is saying that you’re going to do something about the road toll, that you’re addressing road safety, and shifting the speed limit from 50 km/h to 690 km/h. And conning the country that this is a fresh start for fresh water. That’s wrong in so many ways, but this is the reality for […]
Giving students a holistic view – how we’re both interdependent and integrated is essential both for their futures and their ability to positively impact the world.
There’s a strong technical solution bias – ICT is the new technical fix that will allow us to not change our lifestyles in order to achieve sustainability – and of course that’s hard to say no to, it’s very tempting to believe in such a narrative.
Over the long term a pillars model is intellectual nonsense, you cannot have a little bit of sustainability on a finite planet.