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…

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…

Greenwashing: why are some corporations not telling us the truth?

How is it possible that accusations of misleading communications from companies are becoming more recurrent? Why are high-profile firms at the source of current environmental scandals? “Greenwashing is the selective disclosure of positive information without full disclosure of negative information so as to create an overly positive corporate image” (Bowen & Aragon-Correa, 2014). A company…

Zero Waste Life- Let’s Go Litterless

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.”…