Deforestation: Time for a New Approach

It's time for a new approach by industry, NGOs, governments and funders to tackle deforestation. For the last nine years the focus has been almost exclusively upon supply chain approaches, and a 2020 finishing line. And whilst good progress has been made, the nature of the challenge has changed.  And the tyranny of targets is now creating unintended consequences ...
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Quantum Sustainability

The sustainability world used to be so simple. There were a few topics, such as climate, water, forests, oceans, and some commodities. They all operated in their own silos. If you wanted insights and guidance then WWF (in Europe) and Conservation International (in North America) could help. It was then just a case of getting the commitment of management to ...
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How many complex global sustainability challenges can the world tackle?

This question was front of mind earlier this year as my daughter received her masters degree. For her thesis she analysed the international climate change process from Copenhagen to Paris. She wanted to understand what changed between these two meetings that allowed the global community to move from complete failure to modest success. Then she related those insights to the ...
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Football, Identity and Suffering

They say it’s the beautiful game. Certainly that’s why I chose my football team. I wanted to watch attractive attacking football. It didn’t matter that for more than 15 years of me first supporting them they did not win anything. Then it all changed and they took the league by storm and not only did the attractive football flourish, but ...
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My Perfect Weekend

In the style of the FT column of the same title My perfect weekend begins on a Friday afternoon when I collect my wife Catherine from Vevey railway station and we head off into the Valais and the village of Nax. Whatever the season, it's our aim to get there before the sun goes down. As the fire is lit ...
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