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2016/09/10 Tim Ingold, “The Sustainability of Everything” (web video)

Talk at the Centre for Human Ecology, Glasgow, announced at http://www.che.ac.uk/tim-ingold-talks-about-the-sustainability-of-everything-10th-sept-2016/ Video posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncLv9Gk7XrI and https://vimeo.com/182572764 This digest was created by editing the text transcript generated by Youtube. View the video yourself for a more authentic reproduction. Lapses, grammatical

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Sustainable Development Goals must sustain people and planet, experts say | March 20, 2013 | sciencedaily.com

Six Sustainable Development goals from U.N. to supersede Millennium Development Goals that expire 2015, based on new appreciation of anthropocene. In the wake of last week’s meetings at the UN on the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a

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2011/03/14 13:00 Bill Reed on Sibbesborg Sustainability [web video + slides]

On a post at the Systems Community of Inquiry, Tiina Merikoski asked for comments on a blog post on Aalto Sustainable Communities, linking to Bill Reid’s presentation on the launch of the competition on the design of the Sibbesborg community. 

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Saul Griffith, “Climate Change Recalculated” (MP3 audio), Longnow Foundation, 2009/01/16

Part of sustainability is conservation, but we can maintain even a minimal level of modern conveniences through conservation? … the land area dedicated to renewable energy (”Renewistan”) would occupy a space about the size of Australia to keep the carbon

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William McDonough, “Sustainability And The Next Industrial Revolution” (MP3 audio), Total Picture Radio, 2007/07/05

William McDonough is a designer with creative approaches to sustainability. “Reflect on this: It took us 5,000 years to put wheels on our luggage. How smart are humans?”  William McDonough “My goal is very simple. It’s to help create “a

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Paul R. Ehrlich, “The Dominant Animal” (MP3 audio), Tech Nation, 2008/08/18

Human beings impact the world, but are not outside nature.  Can human beings help but be human? Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Stanford Professor Paul Ehrlich about his latest book, “The Dominant Animal,” which looks at human evolution and the

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Wes Jackson, “”The Necessity and Possibility of an Agriculture where Nature is the Measure”, Colorado College, 2005/04/27

Agriculture has become so industrial, that modern society has almost forgotten that plants grow naturally. In 2005, Wes Jackson was named by the Smithsonian Institution as one of 35 people who made a difference. Farming, in Jackson’s view, is humanity’s

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  • 2019/05 Moments May 2019
    Family time, empty nest, short trip to conference nearby, friends at home.
  • 2019/04 Moments April 2019
    End of a 23-day visit in Shanghai, readjusting to Eastern Time with the many lecture, meetup, friends and family distractions of Toronto.
  • 2019/03 Moments March 2019
    Month of intensive lectures and research meetings, in Toronto and then in Shanghai, with social breaks on local excursions to clear minds.
  • 2019/02 Moments February 2019
    Reduced exercise outside with a cold and snowy February, with excursions out of the house to warm places with family, friends and colleagues.
  • 2019/01 Moments January 2019
    January in Toronto has lots of intellectual offerings and artistic exhibitions to attract the curious out of warm homes, through cold and snow.
  • 2018/12 Moments December 2018
    Tried to have a normal month, with a busy social calendar of birthdays, a funeral plus Christmas season, while daily temperatures hovered just above freezing.
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