Posts Tagged ‘sustainability

I will be giving a public lecture on the flawed notion of sustainability at 5pm on 29 February at Plymouth University. Details are available here.

Judging by the two extracts in the Guardian (here and here ) the new book from Gordon Brown, until recently Britain’s prime minister, is classic growth scepticism. On the one hand, Beyond the Crash talks effusively about the need for economic growth. On the other hand his support for growth is highly conditional and his […]

Ireland still has the power to make itself a country worth living in, the Observer, by Fintan O’Toole. The assistant editor of the Irish Times argues the Ireland should embrace “ethical austerity”. I suspect that will be even more painful than regular austerity. Government ‘planning to measure people’s happiness‘, BBC. For a critique of this […]

Prince Charles evidently has a new book coming out. In an interview in Vanity Fair he describes the main arguments puts forward in Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World (with Tony Juniper and Ian Skelly). It should come as no surprise to those who have followed his outbursts that he presents himself […]

The 2010 Prix Pictet photography prize, sponsored by a Swiss private bank, will be on economic growth as a blessing and a curse. Given that the honorary president of Prix Pictet is Kofi Annan, the secretary general of the United Nations, and the chairman of this year’s jury is Professor Sir David King, a former […]

Videos of note

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1 Aug 2010

Living Outside the Box: Sustainable Lifestyles.  A video produced for the United Nations Environment Programme by Sweden’s environment ministry. Through the tale of Angie (who lives in an unspecified rich country) and George (who lives in an unspecified poor country) argues that more “stuff” does not make us any happier. It also threatens the planet’s […]

I have an article in tomorrow’s Australian on the frequent use of the term “sustainability” in the country’s election debate.

I will be taking part in a debate on the “limits to growth in the 21st century”  at the Green Phoenix Festival in Gibside, near Newcastle (in the north east of England), on Sunday 22 August. The other panellists will be Mike Childs, the head of climate at Friends of the Earth, and Phil O’Keefe, […]

I am writing this to lay claim to having coined the term “green tape” to mean the web of regulations that embody the principle of economic restraint. Notably this would include all regulations based on the notions of sustainability as well as the precautionary principle. I first used the term in print in today’s Guardian […]

One of the most negative intellectual developments in recent years is the emergence of “new economics”. Although there is no universally accepted definition of the genre it typically includes ideas which are sceptical towards economic growth, accept ecological constraints and are in favourable towards sustainability. For example, see this proposal for the establishment of a […]