November 2008

Angela Druckman was invited to speak at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre event to mark the launch of Jack Challoner's book "Desirable Future? Consumer Electronics in Tomorrow's World".  Angela’s role was to present and discuss the environmental aspects of electronic gadgets. In her talk, entitledGadgets up the Gum Tree? The Unintended Consequences of Electronic Gadgetry, Angela questioned whether our consumer habits are compatible with a sustainable future.

October 2008

Michael Peters recently participated in and presented a paper at the 10th Conference on Environmental Education in Europe, held at the University of Malta 15th – 18th October 2008. It was organised by the European Foundation for Education & Sustainable Development (European ESD-net) and was entitled ‘Thinking and acting outside the box – a European contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development’. Michael presented his paper entitled ‘Educational community-based climate change initiatives in the UK: the role of local government and the experience of participants’ and contributed to the development of a manifesto for environmental education in Europe, presented to the Maltese Government’s Minister of Resources and Rural Affairs, the Hon George Pullicino, during the final day of the conference.

October 2008

Michael Peters, Senior Research Fellow, Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and the Environment (RESOLVE): - Invited to give a one-hour lecture to ~100 school pupils age 11-13 on climate change and lifestyles, Wednesday 8th October, 6:30-7:30pm Edgeborough Co-educational Preparatory School, Farnham, Surrey.

October 2008

Scratch the surface of free-market capitalism and you discover something close to visceral fear. Recent events provide a good example: the US treasury's extraordinary $800 billion rescue package was an enormous comfort blanket designed to restore confidence in the ailing financial markets. By forcing the taxpayer to pick up the "toxic debts" that plunged the system into crisis, it aims to protect our ability to go on behaving similarly in the future. This is a short-term and deeply regressive solution, but economic growth must be protected at all costs.

As economics commissioner on the UK's Sustainable Development Commission, I found this response depressingly familiar, click to read more