How Chocolate harms Mother Earth

Chocolate is one of the most popular sweet treats in the world and, to be honest, who does not love chocolate? It seems to be the best choice in many situations and whether you are trying to say ‘I love you’ to your girlfriend or want to apologise for not being on time for dinner…

The Ethical Implications of Sustainable Development

In academia, a popular shared belief states that technology might be the solution for environmental problems. It is generally agreed that contemporary societies can commercialize and develop environmentally friendly technologies that, in comparison to current technologies used, produce less pollution and require less natural resources.       It can be argued that long-term environmental sustainability…

Social Movements and Ecological Modernisation

Ecological modernisation has sparked a debate about the relevance of incorporating technological innovations and social movements in industry. It has been argued that new social movements, associated with recent forms of political activity are focusing on cultural struggles rather than on the institutionalized, classic social movements, embedded in cultural practices. On the one hand, some…

From Rural to Urban – A Challenge to Be Faced

The past few days represent one of the most inspiring periods in my life, as I had the privilege to attend WBCSD’s Council Meeting 2017 in Mexico City. From addressing some of the most pressing problems Planet Earth has to face to discovering the incredible Mexican culture, my attendance to the meeting brought me a…

The Aftermath of Natural Disasters: Waste Management

The amount of natural disasters in recent times have been eye opening. Not long ago hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean island chain, leaving Puerto Rico in a state of emergency, in addition to inflicting great damage to Miami. Furthermore, Mexico recently experienced a 7.1 earthquake collapsing several buildings in Mexico City and creating an abundance…

Zero Waste

What is waste if not a portrayal of errors in resource allocation and an indication of inefficiency in the modern society we live in? In order to understand the development of the Zero Waste concept, we need to look back and determine when consumption and inefficient disposal of litter started to negatively impact the environment….

Our Land, Our Home

  In 1848, German botanist Matthias Schleiden discussed the destructive manner in which humanity affected the planet’s resources, stating that, “Behind him, he [man] leaves the Desert, a deformed and ruined land and is guilty of the thoughtless squandering of vegetable treasures here again in selfish pursuit of profit…[man] begins anew the work of destruction.”…

Biodiversity – what is being done to halt the next mass extinction?

Team Mexico is in full swing and ready and raring to go to the WBCSD conference! This week started with a discussion about the contemporary environmental problems and their origins, each one of us having to research one of the 5 key topics brought into discussion by our tutor, Jess Davies. Considering that the world…

What about our oceans?

We are managing to survive, but is the world ocean doing the same thing? The short answer to this question is simply ‘barely’. Despite this unequivocally discouraging start, we still have the power to change the narrative. Currently, more than 8 million tons of litter, both visible and microplastics, are leaked into the ocean each…

Freshwater is not for everyone

When doing our research on freshwater, we mainly focused on availability and pollution. Our findings surprised us, in regards to how many people lack access to freshwater, yet how pollution levels are still in acceptable conditions. A great way to summarise our findings is that there is enough freshwater for everyone, yet 500 million people…

Status Update for Planet Earth: Atmosphere

Air pollution is the fourth greatest overall risk factor for human health worldwide [1] and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. [2] If this statement does not make you realize that it is time to make a change, then the following information should. Essentially, the rise of surface temperature, coming…

Intro: Let’s make it happen!

Hi everyone! What is sustainable? Can it actually be sustainable to spend only one week on another continent to join a conference about sustainable development? My first instinct denied that, but after considering and researching WBCSD, I can answer it with yes. For me sustainability has a positive and ongoing long-term effect, for example climate…