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Mineral Mining: the dark side of the green energy revolution

Sustainable Leaders | Global, November 29th, 2021

The genuine momentum around a ‘green revolution’ towards a low-carbon economy is undoubtedly a hugely positive development. Although not all is rosy. Green technologies typically require more minerals than their more carbon intensive predecessors and these minerals are frequently sourced from mines associated with a huge suite of environmental, social, and ethical problems.

The ‘phase-down’ of coal: A radical agreement or underwhelming let-down?

Sustainable Leaders | Global, November 18th, 2021

The climate agreement reached at COP26 is the first to explicitly address our global addiction to coal, but to many, the watered-down text represents a serious failure. While the last-minute reversal is unfortunate and is a hammer-blow to any hopes of remaining below 1.5°C, it is important to consider why India and China remain reluctant to a rapid phase-out.

Why climate finance must be reformed at COP26

Sustainable Leaders | Global, November 4th, 2021

Wealthy nations have long reaped the benefits of unconstrained pollution, often at the expense of others. Now within the context of climate change, all have a moral duty to assist lower-income countries to ensure their economies can develop in a sustainable manner. Yet it is these nations which continue to fail to meet their own climate finance targets.

Biomimicry: how nature can inspire a sustainable world

Sustainable Leaders | Global, October 28th, 2021

From the complex colonies of ants to the very bones inside our bodies, so much can be learned from natural systems and applied to human life. Biomimicry can be an effective tool for innovation and creating a more sustainable future.

Why intensive livestock farming has no place in a greener future

Sustainable Leaders | Global, August 27th, 2021

Livestock husbandry is amongst the largest growing subsectors of the agricultural industry. This is particularly evident in developing countries, where the increase for the demand of livestock products is closely linked to rapid population growth, income growth and infrastructural development.

COP26: Last Change to Save the World?

Sustainable Leaders | Global, August 9th, 2021

COP26 could be a turning point in the fight to curb climate change or simply an excuse for flag-waving and greenwashing. It has to be the former, and even then this will be only one step in the direction of climate justice.

The ‘sustainable’ Tokyo 2020 Olympic games seem to lack one thing: sustainability

Sustainable Leaders | Global, August 2nd, 2021

If you’ve tuned into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games you may have seen that the event is being branded as the ‘greenest Olympics yet’. With the media praising the Committee’s green-orientated actions, including recycled cardboard beds for athletes and the hydrogen fueled Olympic cauldron—how come these games have also been deemed the third least sustainable Olympics since 1992?

The buzz for green cities: urban spaces for people and pollinators

Sustainable Leaders | Global, July 11th, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown many city-dwellers tucked away indoors the enormous mental health benefits of spending time in nature. And as urbanisation takes over the world—with 5.2 billion people estimated to live on 1.9 million km2 of urban land by 2030—it is increasingly important to design city spaces to accommodate for the health of their inhabitants, both human and animal.

Enbridge ignores Michigan’s shutdown deadline and continues to transport propane across Line 5.

Sustainable Leaders | Mackinac, Michigan, June 2nd, 2021

In November 2020, Governor Whitmer of Michigan ordered Enbridge to shut down their operations of the Line 5 pipelines by 12 May 2021. Now in June 2021, Enbridge has defied the order and continues to transport 23 million gallons of oil daily across the Straits of Mackinac.

The limitations of conservation agriculture in Latin America facing an ever-changing global environmental crisis

Sustainable Leaders | South America, September 22, 2021

Even though conservation agriculture seems to be the solution to the adverse environmental effects of agroecosystems, socio-economic and political factors impede its successful adoption. This is most evident in developing countries, where access to financial capital and human resources is limited, depriving farmers of converting their systems into more sustainable ones.

The inspiring transforming of Medellín: from murder capital to sustainable leader

Sustainable Leaders | Medellín, Colombia, July 13th, 2021

Medellín, Colombia’s second most populous city, is considered a leading example in terms of their environmental policies and sustainable initiatives. Whilst there are other green cities around the globe, the transformation of Medellín is truly remarkable; considering just a few years ago it was a stronghold for Pablo Escobar’s drug crimes and deemed the ‘murder capital of the world’.

Environmental influencers: Intersectionality and COP26

Sustainable leaders | Europe, October 26th, 2021

More and more young people are demonstrating their talents in communication, research and leadership through social media, utilising the power of activism to educate the public about climate change.

Environmental influencers: climate justice activism

Sustainable Leaders | Europe, September 8th, 2021

More and more young people are demonstrating their talents in communication, research and leadership through social media, utilising the power of activism to educate the public about climate change.

How effective is Bath’s Clean Air Zone strategy?

Sustainable Leaders | Bath, England, July 3rd, 2021

Since 15 March 2021, Bath, United Kingdom, has begun to fine highly polluting vehicles driving within their ‘Clean Air Zone’ in an effort to bring the city’s atmospheric nitrogen dioxide levels below the legal limit.

The Namibia bio-trade initiative increases the value of biodiversity-derived products

Sustainable Leaders | Ondangwa, Namibia, July 12th, 2021

Under the guidance of the BioTrade Initiative, the Eudafano Women’s Cooperative, a community organization in Namibia, has provided a secure economic income for 2500 women and their indigenous communities.

What will environmental conservation look like under Taliban rule?

Sustainable Leaders | Asia, September 25th, 2021

‘Plant one or several fruit or non-fruit trees for the beautification of earth and the benefit of almighty Allah's creations.’

Singapore is one-bite ahead of the rest of the world for cultured meat approval

Sustainable Leaders | Singapore, July 15th, 2021

Food is a right and necessity for all living organisms. However, with the projected exponential population growth of humans and a somewhat ‘unpredictable’ changing climate, our world is facing food insecurity.

How Canberra is keeping cool within a sea of wildfires

Sustainable Leaders | Canberra, Australia, August 20th, 2021

Australia’s capital, Canberra, is regarded as one of the world’s leading sustainable cities. Whilst 88.9% of Canberra’s public transport is run on green energy, the capital is striving for a zero-emission transport fleet by 2040.