This is the year’s most popular features according to the wisdom of the Blue & Green crowd. Our won Marbles Awards, BP in Australia, Democracy, JFK, Tourism as force for good, small is beautiful, Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, Tobacco, Festivals, Clean Scandinavia and Sustainable Tourism.
The Blue & Green Marbles: the 2015 shortlist – #sustainpersonoftheyear15
We asked a small jury of 12 friends, readers and supporters to come up with a short list of the people we all think have made the biggest difference to sustainability in 2015. Read more.
BP Great Australian Bight Oil Spill Could Impact All Southern Australia’s Coast
An oil spill in the Great Australian Bight from a deep-sea well blowout would be devastating for fisheries and marine life, according to new independent oil spill modelling commissioned by the Wilderness Society. Read more.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Democracy Is Not Always The Best Form Of Government
The Intelligence Squared democracy debate took place at just the right time for Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Democracy. Held in London’s Cadogan Hall in front of a sold out audience, the debate explored whether democracy is always the best form of government. Read more.
Quote Of The Day: “We Do These Things Because They Are Hard”
Fifty years ago today, JFK made his seminal “we choose to go to the moon” speech at Rice University. Less than a decade later, Neil Armstrong made “one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind”. Moving to a sustainable economy is mankind’s greatest leap yet and we need to do it because it is hard and necessary. Read more.
Why Tourism Can Be A Force For Good In The Developing World, And Why It Isn’t
Tourism can bring about positive change, but bad practices within the industry tend to make it part of the problem, rather than part of the solution. Felipe Zalamea of Sumak Sustainable Travel explains why tourism could be a force of good in the developing world, but isn’t. Read more.
Book Review: Small Is Beautiful: A Study Of Economics As If People Mattered – EF Schumacher (1973)
EF Schumacher’s controversial study, Small Is Beautiful, was first published in 1973 but remains as relevant and thought-provoking today as it was in the 70s. Over the last 40 years, the book is been highly influential in environmental and social justice movements. Read more.
On This Day In 1985: French Government Blows Up Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior
Twenty-eight years ago today, French secret service agents blew up the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, killing one man. The tragedy took place in Auckland harbour. Read more.
Not Just Unethical, Tobacco Is A Financially Unsustainable Investment
It may be unethical and immoral to profit from companies that sell addictive, cancer-causing drugs to children in places with little or no public health or education, but it is also financially unsustainable in the long-term. Read more.
Sustainability In The City: Reykjavik, Iceland
No list of inspirational sustainable cities would be complete without a nod to Reykjavik – the capital, largest city and cultural hub of Iceland. Its tiny population of around 120,000 people (almost 40% of all Icelanders) lives in a city with bold ambitions to cut its contributions to climate change and become a world leader in renewable energy. Read more.
Festivals Play A Crucial Role In Switching On Our Environmental Antennas
As Glastonbury 2013 gets underway, Francesca Baker reflects on how festivals can inspire a generation of environmentally-aware individuals. Read more.
We Can Learn A Lot About Clean Energy From Scandinavian Nations
Scandinavia has managed to reduce its carbon emissions and achieve considerable economic growth. As a result, countries like Denmark and Sweden have become some of the greenest in Europe. Read more.
UNWTO: Leading The Global Drive To Sustainable Tourism
Blue & Green Tomorrow caught up with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation – the world governing body for the travel and tourism industries – about its work in pushing for sustainable tourism. Read more. Read more.
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