Cambridge Sustainability Lectures
We’re coming to the end of the 10th Annual Lecture Series in Sustainable Development 2012 at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department: http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk. Regrettably, I’ve only managed to catch the last three lectures. They were inspiring, depressing and hope-inducing all at the same time. Getting your head around the paradoxes and complexities involved, and the fundamental shift in thought as well as action that is necessary – whether it be the social “software” Jonathon Porritt discusses, which needs to be reconfigured in order to give meaning and effect to the sustainability “hardware”; Dr Vandana Shiva’s discussion of the skewed perception and disconnect between earth, household and market economies and the central role of biodiversity; or Professor Randers’ condemnation of silo thinking and “political short-termism” in parliamentary systems – is a true challenge.
Sustainable capitalism: if not now, when?
Jonathon Porritt CBE
Making peace with the Earth
Dr Vandana Shiva (Navdanya International, India; International Forum on Globalisation)
The Next 40 Years
Professor Jorgen Randers (Professor of Climate Studies at the Norwegian Business School)