50 million chickens wasted each year – now that’s food for thought

The United Nations progress update for 2018 on sustainable development goal 2 – Zero Hunger, highlighted that the proportion of undernourished people worldwide increased to 815 million in 2016, up from 777 million in 2015. Yet, every one of these individuals could have been fed on less than a quarter of the food wasted in…

Electric vehicles – time to look beyond our streets?

“We’re trying to help the environment, we think it’s the most serious problem that humanity faces” says the man synonymous with accelerating the move towards electric vehicles (EVs) – Mr Elon Musk. The European Commission found electric cars produce lower greenhouse gases than their petrol or diesel equivalents, even when energy generation is factored in….

Look smart but buy smart

Now I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and admit I have WAY too many clothes. Several jackets, various jeans and t-shirts, and even multiple pairs of the same shoe – just in a different colour. Now unless I was planning to take the London Fashion Week to the North Pole, or what’s…

Changing Business Values

A topic which has particularly caught my eye this week at the annual council meeting has been around the area of “redefining value” and the implications of this from a business and investor point of view. Redefining value is a concept which the WBCSD have really focused on in recent times, and for good reason….

Ecological Modernisation: implementing Natural Climate Solutions

Attending the WBCSD in Mexico 2017, I sat in on a talk about natural climate solutions (NCS), admittedly not knowing much about it beforehand. This is due to believing technology will be the saviour, as elaborated by Kahn (1979): “An examination of the efforts now being made indicates that one or more technological solutions will…

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 (Im-)morality 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 the current technologies used, produce less pollution and require less natural resources. It can be argued that long-term environmental sustainability…

The Role of Social Movements in 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 actions, 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…