Category Archives: Society

What it means to be working class and sustainable in London

by Rheanna Mathurin, GLOBUS Correspondent At the forefront of finance, development and politics, London is undoubtedly one of the most influential cities in the world. It is therefore also at the forefront of the on-going battle of ingraining sustainable practices into everyday life. These practices are not completely missing – they are often documented within environmental reports and social responsibility

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A case study of Singapore: A garden city that is not so green

Back in 1967, just two years after Singapore’s independence, the then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew introduced his vision for Singapore to become a “Garden City”, aspiring to “integrate greenery into the built environment” and Singaporeans’ daily lives. This involved planting many trees and creating new parks.  Today, in 2018, walking down the tree-lined streets of even the busiest shopping

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The Brexit Agreement: The Future of Energy in Climate Governance

Impacts of the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the Role of the Energy Market in Climate Policies Hope regarding the future of climate and other environmental governance has been hard to come by during the process of negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Aside from a vague commitment by Michael Gove that “[The British Government] will not weaken

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A Colonial Carol: The Hypocritical Basis for Sustainable Development

“The west was built on racism” – Kehinde Andrews [1] A bold statement, but one that is completely necessary and valid in its assertion. As I will outline, not only is the West built on racism, it is sustained by the remnants of neo-colonialism and dependent on the pillaging of the African continent. Stemming from this ideal, I have identified

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Voluntourism: Help or Hindrance?

Co-Authored by Sara Shiraaz, Guest Author A Case Study from Nepal Ghandi once said that “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others;” and it is often suggested that, by helping others, we help ourselves. In the current capitalist, money driven and quasi-isolationist global environment, volunteering is often looked upon positively – however

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Trump’s Republicans: A Threat to Sustainability?

Between them, the September 2017 Hurricane Irma and Louisiana flood of August 2016 accounted for damages up to $65bn and threatened the survival of hundreds of people. These are two examples of recent natural disasters on American soil, associated by many climate scientists with climate change, demonstrating in only one way the urgent need for sustainable development. Yet the American

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