Producing coffee is intensive work…we want to be rewarded fairly at the end of the day.
That other form of development is what I’ve been looking at in the Andes in the context of what they call buen vivir or good living – which isn’t always about accumulation and excess. Nina Laurie is Professor of Development and the Environment at University of Newcastle. Her roles include the founding director of […]
The study of how people chose to use their scarce resources in attempting to satisfy their unlimited wants. This explains both economics and sustainability.
The problems of degradation are not just the sole domain of biophysical scientists.
The majority of existing businesses can still be characterised as having a compliance-based relationship with sustainability, but there are hopeful and interesting things happening.
The pre-eminence of the economy and its treatment as if it were the point of society is so powerful, consumerism has been such a powerful force, that people believe their primary relationship is with the economy and not with their fellow members of society.
There will be conflict, so we need people to recognise those different values.
If you want to get your soil living again, get your life back in your soil.
If you can be a better consumer, then we can change the world.
It is important to bring things back to what people think is relevant. Perhaps a place that is special to them, what could affect that place? How could you positively or negatively affect that?
The essence of ecology is that it is all around us.
Pacifism is the most ethically consistent position…it entails a consistency of means and ends – we’re not using evil means for good ends.
The real challenge, no matter what scale you are taking action, is to be aware and responsive to what’s going on at other scales.
The embodied energy in a disposable battery is fifty times more than the energy that can be extracted from the battery.
The task becomes to bring values into technology you develop.
The current economic system is linear and ends in a landfill. In a circular economy you design our way out of the need to dump.
The biggest problem we’re facing is a lack of imagination