Small particle air pollution – when will we clear it? PM2.5 (small particle) air pollution is one of the most harmful types for human health, exposure has been linked to heart and lung disease, mental health and many other conditions including stroke, cancer and mental health. Air pollution also disproportionally affects children. A global study …
Challenges and proposals for radical re-thinking and change.
Intent in sustainability can be the difference between differentiating a strong (if nascent) approach from a shallow one.
But intent can be difficult to demonstrate to a cynical world.
An IMF report this week (6th October 2021) suggests the fossil fuel industry receives subsidies of $5.9tn per year – or a more understandable $11m per minute. The climate crisis is already big enough – why are we stoking the fire?
COVID-19 has provided an enormous shock to our way of life and economy. It’s still unfolding, and the consequences are unclear and uncertain.
Yet amongst this turmoil, there's a growing recognition that life after COVID-19, should that be possible, could and must be different.
Does our current situation provide the conditions for improving life and building a better world?
Nature is slowly climbing our collective consciousness. As WWF have put it ‘the world is where we live’. We’re waking up to the fact that we can’t continue to use our land, water, air and oceans in ways that damage, disturb, pollute and degrade them. Will 2020 be the year that we turn the corner away from decline?
In a business context it’s often been necessary to justify why sustainability is important with a business case. While it gets less visibility now, it’s still common to see the symptoms of not having a good business case, or one that’s not widely implemented.
Any change in organisational priority implies a change in organisational approach and capacity. Successful sustainability must be approached as a change issue, in the norms, values systems and structures of an organisation as much as the specific ambition, goals and performance commitments of a sustainability strategy.
The business case for sustainability is (shockingly) still either not recognised strategically (i.e. it is understood as an additive factor for operational efficiency or marketing/PR but not as a strategic value creation/destruction factor), or in many cases it is little understood at all.
Profit isn't very useful for measuring sustainability, or even for telling us much about economic viability. Why? Because profit is a lagging indicator and sustainability is inherently about long-termism. Delivering sustainability requires forward-looking indicators.
What did the 2017 budget mean for sustainability? A concise overview of what it means.