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Sustainable Lens: A visual guide

December 23, 2011

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It started out as notes for a designer, turned into a page with 100K hits, and now (drumroll..)… “Sustainable Lens: A visual guide”. Sustainable Lens traces the development of sustainability through its representation in diagrams. Sustainable Lens presents a model for seeing the world through a sustainability-driven perspective. Sustainable Lens is laid out in such […]

So long Pete

October 6, 2011

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(part two). Our local MP (and neighbour) Pete Hodgson is retiring from politics. Here’s some of his valedictory: Valedictories are supposed to be about the past, but my head lives mostly in the future. So let me give one portfolio, climate change, a bit more attention, because the world’s response has barely begun. There are […]

Not buying on impulse?

April 14, 2011

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Behind every gold wedding ring lies a genuine gold mine, and the possibility of a massive cyanide spill.  Behind a tuna steak is a decimated tuna population.  Behind a comfortable car is a strip mine, a hundred toxic chemicals leaching into nature, and war in the Middle East. This  Alan AtKisson (2008) quote highlights the […]

Grand Challenges for Sustainability Science demand a change in approach

November 16, 2010

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I’m really impressed with the integrative approach taken in the Grand challenges for Earth Sustainability Science report from International Council for Science and the International Social Science Council. I like the five grand challenges (below), but even more, I like the strong statement for a need for a change in approach. The report starts by […]

Community benefits as sustainability framework

July 25, 2010

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In the second of two talks Professor Geoff Syme presented a social psychological approach to water allocation.  While many of us don’t have the extreme water allocation problems Australia does (he seriously described Australians as becoming environmental refugees),  the concepts have wider appeal. The key message is that rather than focussing on managing the allocation […]

ASPAC and the Toronto Declaration

March 23, 2010

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I’ve been at ASPAC10, the conference of the Asia Pacific Science and Technology Centres at the Otago Museum.   ASPAC is a signatory to the  Toronto Declaration that states … science literacy is as important as other forms of literacy and numeracy. It is also a powerful tool for social inclusion.  Science centres have relevance to […]

September 25th should live in infamy

September 25, 2009

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Today is Earth Overshoot Day.  This is not a day to celebrate. Calculated by the Global Footprint Network, Earth Overshoot Day shows the day on which our total Ecological Footprint (measured in global hectares) is equal to the biocapacity (also measured in global hectares) that nature can regenerate in that year. For the rest of […]