Earth Overshoot Day

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Earth Overshoot DayToday, August 20th 2013,  we have spent our entire budget for the year. This Earth Overshoot Day is two days earlier than in 2012. From now on we will be drawing down more resources and emitting more pollution than our planet can handle.

For another 133 days, to be precise.

Imagine if this was the case with our finances. If from now on we had to live entirely on borrowed money, if we spent 1/3rd more than we earned year-in year-out and our debts were rising, not falling. We would rightly be worried. Time to get serious about resource efficiency.

Global Footprint Network.

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The Limits to Growth Reviewed

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Books, My Book | 1 comment

The Limits to GrowthOne of the most influential books on the subject of resource efficiency in the 20th Century was The Limits to Growth [ meadows1972limits  ] by Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William W. Behrens III.  Commissioned in 1972 by the Club of Rome, an influential think-tank, the study used computer systems – an innovation at the time – to model the interaction of population, pollution, capital investment, agriculture and natural resources. Each of these drivers had positive and negative feedbacks with each other – e.g. as agriculture improved so did food per capita which boosted population, at the same time as population increased so too did pollution and natural resource consumption, while a decline in resources decreased industrial output.

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The Great Disruption – Paul Gilding

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Books | 0 comments

First of all I would like to thank my dear friend Massimo Bettanin at global consultants ERM for urging me to read Paul Gilding’s “The Great Disruption”. His enthusiasm for the book put it at the top of my holiday reading this summer and, curiously, it was as satisfying to me as any holiday thriller.

I make this comparison in order to deliberately highlight  the unusually strong literary structure of The Great Disruption.

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Leading Change Towards Sustainability

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 in Books | 0 comments

 

The front cover states that this is “Ranked as one of the best ten publications on sustainable development, according to a Globespan Survey of Sustainability ‘Experts’“. So I naturally approached this title with a measure of suspicion! I am pleased to admit that my inital doubts were entirely misplaced and today Bob Doppelt’s book is one of the most thumbed, pencil-marked, corners-folded volumes in my library!

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