The SUNRISE “Solar energy for a circular economy” project will prepare a large-scale European research initiative that provides a sustainable alternative to the fossil-based, energy-intensive production of fuels and chemicals.
Climate action is vital. And yet there is a risk that, taken alone, climate action could mean those with economic power keep it, all the while avoiding the bigger, systemic changes required to face our social and environmental challenges. We argue here for climate action that works within a local resilience and food sovereignty framework so that it is grounded in a societal transformation rather than solely an economic reorientation of direction. We are currently faced with huge, complex conundrums which our existing social and political structures are struggling to resolve. Climate change is among the environmental crises which offers us the opportunity to shift from an extractive economy based on debt and endless growth to a circular one based on wellbeing, co-operation and regeneration of our natural world.
In response to George Monbiot on natural capital, Tony Juniper argues nature is not an impediment to economic success, but an essential prerequisite for it…
Concrete is the most used material on Earth. As materials expert Chris Cheeseman, from Imperial College London, explains: if you could put everything in the world made from concrete in one pile and everything made from other materials in a pile next to it, ‘the concrete pile would dwarf the other pile’.
It’s an unappreciated wonder material. Made from stones, sand and water, its key ingredient, cement, performs some chemical trickery that turns grey, runny slurry into solid rock, in whatever shape we choose. From plant pots to Ancient Rome’s Colosseum, it created the modern world.
Start up – Start strong In sustainable Fashion A live lecture series Join our January cohort The lecture series This lecture series – which will be available to attend live and recorded on zoom to collectively share and aid start ups in sustainable fashion development.