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Is Sustainability Relative?

October 17, 2011

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Appropriate strategies for sustainable development are context-specific, with different priorities depending on how far people are up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. A four point strategy for identifying approaches for sustainable development is outlined and the importance of regulatory ‘top-down’ intervention emphasized. The concept of sustainable development concerns the management of resources available to humanity. My […]

In the COP

January 1, 2011

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A climate change conference can be very tiring. For me it meant twelve hours of work for fourteen days, plus the nightly networking sessions. In Cancún three hours of travels to a totally isolated venue were added to that – a major ground for complaint amongst the delegates. However, one could manage to put even […]

On Being Different

December 1, 2010

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A few weeks ago I was staying in Olympia, Washingon. The city is pretty small with only 42,000 inhabitants and would not  be special if it had not got Evergreen State College. Many of the students going there belong to liberal green/ left activist movements. For two nights I was staying with one of them: […]

Mein Kampf

December 1, 2010

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In Fort McMurray, whilst investigating the oil sands, I found Hitler’s infamous book Mein Kampf. It made for an interesting read, providing insights into Hitler’s mindset. After having read the book I find I am able to identify some common, all-too-human traits of dictators like Hitler, Castro, Pol Pot, Chávez and others. The Book The […]

Fidel

December 1, 2010

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In the 1940s Cuba had a mixed population: white, black and everything in between. The indigenous population was missing after because they had been slaughtered long ago by los conquistadores. Much racial and economical discrimination was present at the time with the poor being of darker skin and living far off from economic centres in […]