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Divesting From Fossil Fuel Would Cost $5 Trillion - CleanTechnica

Divesting From Fossil Fuel Would Cost $5 Trillion - CleanTechnica | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Investors face a tremendous challenge moving forward in an increasingly environmentally-conscious world, where environmental concerns, so-called ‘ethical’ investment strategies, and fears that fossil fuel assets could eventually become “stranded” by emission regulations are forcing gradual fossil fuel divestment.

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How on Earth 2014 U.K. Speaking Tour | Post Growth Institute

How on Earth 2014 U.K. Speaking Tour | Post Growth Institute | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Join us at one of the events below to hear how not-for-profit enterprise may be the heart of the global economy by 2050. This U.K. speaking tour is a pre-cursor to the forthcoming book How on Earth, co-authored by Donnie Maclurcan and Jennifer Hinton.

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Open source sustainable technology | OpenEnergyMonitor

Open source sustainable technology | OpenEnergyMonitor | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We love open source and believe it is a better way of doing things. This page explores what it means to us and how the value of openness informs this project.

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Humanity May Face Choice By 2040: Conventional Energy or Drinking Water

Humanity May Face Choice By 2040: Conventional Energy or Drinking Water | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A set of studies based on three years of research concludes that by 2040, the need for drinking water and water for use in energy production will create dire shortages.


Conventional electricity generation is the largest source of water use in most countries. Water is used to cool power plants to keep them functional. Most power utilities don’t even record the amount of water they use.


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AleksBlumentals's curator insight, August 6, 2014 2:39 AM

The future is here just unevenly distributed. However, not taking action based on what is visible now, discovering patterns in Cases / across cases will make it impossible to react in time. In terms of water and power 2040 is as close as next week for ordinary work.

Stuart Shapiro's curator insight, August 6, 2014 9:20 AM

We face this choice NOW! 2040 will be too late.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » P2P Trendfest (8): Context-Based Sustainability (metrics for the commons ?)

“My sense is that the commons movement could benefit from deeper engagement with the corporate community, including activists who advocate for corporations to take full accountability for their impacts on capitals that are vital to stakeholder well-being. And I know that the sustainability context movement would benefit from expanding its advocacy base beyond the core of the corporate accountability community.”

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4 TED Talks That Will Make You Act Now

4 TED Talks That Will Make You Act Now | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
These TED Talks will inspire small changes for a more environmentally responsible lifestyle.
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RSM Discovery Debate: Ethical Leadership

Ethical leadership is considered to be the nourishment for sustained corporate success. These leaders are full of zeal for open and contentious debate, are active in decision-making processes, and are committed to planning for succession. What's not to like? But is it possible to be an ethical leader in today's shareholder-focused economy?

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"The Systems View of Life" (web video) |Fritjof Capra | Schumacher College | May 7, 2014

"The Systems View of Life" (web video) |Fritjof Capra | Schumacher College | May 7, 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Launch of textbook by Fritjof Capra, collecting 40 years of writings with additions by coauthor Pier Luigi Luisi.  The lecture shows precise language about the science of systems, with clear references tying together research strands.  Mature systems thinkers will be reminded of concepts that they know but may not be immediately salient to their current endeavours.  Novice systems thinkers may appreciate the easy pace of the speech, with linkages to other concepts and figures in the systems community.

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Charles van der Haegen's curator insight, July 25, 2014 8:27 AM

The most important book to read this year, if you want to see change in the World

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Start Sharing – Annie Leonard talks to Janelle Orsi » Sustainable Living Armidale

Start Sharing – Annie Leonard talks to Janelle Orsi » Sustainable Living Armidale | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Okay, maybe it’s not quite that simple, but starting small and building relationships with the people in your neighborhood is a great first step to take to build a community that values people and the planet.

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3D technology reduces the time, money, labour and pollution to make airplane ... - Montreal Gazette

3D technology reduces the time, money, labour and pollution to make airplane ... - Montreal Gazette | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

MONTREAL — Asked about the seriousness of their startup project recently, Christine and Cyrille Chanal’s reply was disarming: the French couple is moving from Toulouse to Montreal to shepherd it along. Not forever, certainly, but for the foreseeable future — an indication of serious intentions.

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Want To 'Scale' Social Impact? Then Give Away Your Trade Secrets

If the ecosystem of social change were an orchestra, social enterprise would be an amped-up brass section drowning out all the other instruments and any semblance of nuance. Everywhere you turn now, the talk is about revenue models and about doing well while doing good. In our efforts to better the world, we’ve become enterprise-obsessed.

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10 leading sustainability innovations - The Guardian

10 leading sustainability innovations - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A study released today profiles 100 leading sustainability innovations. We showcase the top 10, featuring carbon-neutral plastic, e-waste recycling kiosks and an ethical smartphone

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A New Theory of Growth

A New Theory of Growth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For most of human history, creativity was held to be a privilege of supreme beings, initially, the gods who shaped the heavens and the earth, and then it was human beings who were the creators and not the helpless, dependent subjects of the wrath of the gods. We switched our views as we began to understand how the world worked. Whether this will help the human race or cause its downfall is debatable. But it would help if we realized the responsibility that comes with the new role.


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Is sharing really green?

Is sharing really green? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Many have sung the sharing economy's environmental praises, but the evidence may not be there to back up their claims.
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Solar-powered transit village to open in Annandale, Sept .10 - Hunterdon County Democrat

Solar-powered transit village to open in Annandale, Sept .10 - Hunterdon County Democrat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The first community of its kind combining modern design, a convenient location and a green lifestyle, The Village Green at Annandale is an example of sustainable development.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Why is Open Hardware inherently sustainable?

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Why is Open Hardware inherently sustainable? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In this article, I want to list the reasons why I believe that the trend towards open and distributed manufacturing is a vital part of ensuring a sustainable society.

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Sustainable Manufacturing

Sustainable Manufacturing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This event is one in a series of UK BCSD debates on today's challenges in sustainability. Manufacturing and its importance in rebalancing the economy were given priority in the recent budget.
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay: Grassroots Sustainable Community-Based Enterprise in India

“The case of the jasmine flower growers in coastal Karnataka is an example of a local successful grassroots enterprise that has proved robust for over 70 years. The aim of this research is to examine the history, mechanisms, interconnectedness, and success of the jasmine growing program in coastal Karnataka and assess its compatibility with the community-based enterprise (CBE) model as proposed by Peredo and Chrisman [Peredo, A.M., and J.J. Chrisman. 2006. Toward a theory of community-based enterprise. Academy of Management Review 31, no. 2: 309–28]. We found that the existence of a natural, autonomously developed CBE without ‘western’ intervention can help to fine tune our knowledge of sustainable CBE and assist in helping practitioners learn what works and what does not when proposing a CBE.”

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Blood and Gore: 'Capitalism is in danger of falling apart' - Financial Times

Blood and Gore: 'Capitalism is in danger of falling apart' - Financial Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Investor sentiment is completely different in 2014 than it was a year earlier, he points out. “Last year everyone was talking about Solyndra [a solar company, backed by the US government, that failed]. This year it is all about Solar City [the solar equipment installer that recently listed on the Nasdaq] and Tesla [the electric carmakerowned by PayPal billionaire Elon Musk]. Media sentiment has changed, too, because the business case has become even clearer and more compelling.”

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Sustainable packaging: there's no such thing as 'waste' - The Guardian

Sustainable packaging: there's no such thing as 'waste' - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


This results in serious savings in packaging overall, as seen by cosmetics company, Lush, in its virgin raw material products.

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Kelly Vivian's curator insight, October 10, 2015 12:46 PM

Lush is very popular for their virgin and vegan products. Lush's main consumer base is environmentally friendly people.  Lush wants others to join them and give back. They have a promotion that is  bring 5 lush containers back to there store and receive a free fresh face mask. It is a win/win situation for everyone.

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Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia's electricity - The Conversation

Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia's electricity - The Conversation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a recent article on The Conversation, University of Melbourne Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins wrote that Australia’s targets to increase renewable energy will make electricity more expensive, thanks to problems with consistency and storage.

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6 ways collaboration can boost sustainability - GreenBiz.com (blog)

6 ways collaboration can boost sustainability - GreenBiz.com (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
GreenBiz.com (blog) 6 ways collaboration can boost sustainability GreenBiz.com (blog) With more than 250 member companies representing a wide range of industries and geographies, our membership provides a platform for informal collaboration...
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Cultivating sustainable and ethical prosperity with basic income

Cultivating sustainable and ethical prosperity with basic income | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This paper by Anne Ryan examines the role of basic income in constructing a dynamic, diverse and democratic social economy.
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Some Heretical Thoughts on Politics and Economics - American Thinker

Some Heretical Thoughts on Politics and Economics - American Thinker | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The belief that the raw mechanics of Capitalism, uninformed by any moral penumbra of ethics, religion, or philosophy, has alone caused the great material increase of the West, is of itself suspect. Indeed, the Protestant Work Ethic, the idea of fair play, the conception of noblesse oblige, respect for contracts and law, the forbearance of pleasure for industriousness, thrift, moderation, Christian charity, and a host of other ideals and virtues, have invariably tinctured capitalism’s character for better or worse.

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A global economy untainted by slavery? It can happen – and here's how - The Guardian

A global economy untainted by slavery? It can happen – and here's how - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Abuse, slavery and child labour underlie many of the goods and services we take for granted, yet systemic change is possible
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