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Great Images for Convergence / Sustainability

A resource bringing together the great images of sustainability that can help us to understand the concepts and themes of Convergence:

Donut Economics

Slides and Podcasts - Transdisciplinary Research on Sustainability

Slides and podcasts are linked here from presentations given at the Expert Conference Prague, May, Thursday 23rd – Friday 24th, 2013.

This one and a half day workshop invited approximately 50 invited experts from across the EU area who are working in Transdisciplinary Research for Sustainability (TDRS). The event was for professionals from the European Research Area (ERA) organisations and policy areas and for those running (or have run) transdisciplinary research projects on sustainability.

[image Joan, M. Mas via Aquarela]

Context: Major EU research programmes are calling for transdisciplinary research to address ‘wicked’ joined up and complex problems – particularly in the area of sustainability. Whilst there is an emphasis on the dissemination of substantive results from funded projects, there is less attention to the sharing of the experiences and lessons learnt from the project processes, problems and issues and strategies developed for dealing with these. This gathering provides an opportunity to share and reflect on issues of TDRS including methodology and management, together with an opportunity to contribute to recommendations to the ERA for the further development of research capacity on TDRS. 

"A safe and just space for humanity"

Image from Oxfam's flicker stream"Humanity’s challenge in the 21st century is to eradicate poverty and achieve a prosperity for all within the means of the planet’s limited natural resources".

 This paper from Oxfam - A Safe and Just Space for Humanity, came out earlier this year as a challenge paper for Rio +20, asbut we think its deservant of a post. The author - Kate Raworth a senior researcher at Oxfam in the UK.  The paper explores what a fair and sustainable model of prosperity might look like using the image of a 'donut' to bring the concept of biophysical limits together (in this case planetary boundaries) with the complementary concept of social boundaries and describes the inner space as a safe operating space for humanity to thrive.
"Moving into this safe and just space demands far greater equity – within and between countries – in the use of natural resources, and far greater efficiency in transforming those resources to meet human needs".

January 12th -food system workshop in Bristol UK

January 12th, Coexist, Bristol 10:00 - 16:30

Seminar - Fairness, sustainability and human numbers - Does it add up?

This event has now occured - listen to a podcast from the event.

13th July 2011 18:00 -20:00 St Nicholas House, 31-34 High Street, Bristol, BS12AW

All environmental problems become harder - and ultimately impossible to solve -  with ever more people - David Attenborough

50 open source machines for civilisation

After realising that the tools he needed for his ecological farm and settlement didn't exist yet Marcin Jakubowski set about developing the 'global village construction set'. The  Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

These blueprints for civilisation can be found published as 3d designs, schematics, videos and budgets on website Open Source Ecology - http://opensourceecology.org/index.php. This represents an incredible step into the world of collaborative innovation towards the hardware needed for sustainability.

Send a letter for Future Generations

 

We have now learned with concern that the role of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations –and its associated constitutional guarantee of environmental rights –are currently under review as part of Hungary’s ongoing constitutional reform process.  

Please join us in writing a letter to Mr Jozsef Szajer, Vice-Chairman of European Peoples’ Party (EPP) Group urging him to reflect on the loss of genuine global leadership that would result from any decision to weaken Hungary’s Constitutional provisions in relation to the right to a healthy environment and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations. (Photo by Julia Davies)

Hungarian draft constitution undermines the rights of future generations

 

In Hungary the long term interests of the country are being endangered by a draft constitution which will abolish the right to a healthy environment and its representation via the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations. The removal of the green ombudsman’s institution is promoted by the Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union in hope of increasing short term economical and administrative advantages. Sándor Fülöp, the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations explains that the draft of the new Constitution, prepared by the governing parties, would in an internationally unprecedented manner abolish the fundamental right to a healthy environment and weaken significantly the institutional protection.

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