Daily Archives: December 27, 2021

Understanding Sustainable Development: John Blewitt

Sustainable development is notoriously difficult to grasp for students and professionals. Multidimensional, encompassing social, ecological and economic theories, policies and practice, it can be a maze of complexity and contradiction.

This powerful textbook, by a topic instructor in the field, is the first to unravel sustainable development and provide readers with a deep understanding so often missing from other texts. The book adopts a multi-perspective approach designed specifically to allow access to the topic from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds and to develop understanding of a diversity of approaches and traditions at different levels. It features multiple entry points, explains jargon and explores controversies. It also provides wide-ranging boxed examples from the local to the global, extra readings and online material for course leaders, motivated students and self-learners.


A significant achievement in addressing a complex contemporary issue in such a clear and optimistic way. Will it make a difference to our understanding? I think it will.

Stephen Martin, Visiting Professor, Center for Complexity and Change, The Open University

This is an immensely important book that brings into a cohesive and dialogic whole, the multiple strands that do – or should – feed into understandings of sustainable development. It draws upon worldviews and perspectives often marginalized or ignored in the adrenaline rush to make sustainability a living reality. A ‘must read’ for both those new to and those steeped in the field.

–David Selby, Director, Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth

Presents a comprehensive account of the sustainability territory, successfully integrating ideas from science, philosophy, sociology and cultural studies in its explication of key topics within this field. It will prove invaluable for those of us from a range of disciplines and perspectives who are trying to make sense of what ‘sustainability’ means, and what actions we might take to realize it within our communities, organizations and homes.

Donna Ladkin, Senior Lecturer in Organizational Learning and Leadership at Cranfield University School of Management

Understanding Sustainable Development is a major work and it largely achieves a very difficult task. It comes closer than most to that elusive ideal: the comprehensive book on a broadly based interpretation of sustainable development!

–Julian Agyeman, Associate Professor and Chair, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

Scientists, engineers, technologists, mathematicians, and economists will find the text useful to see how their efforts have been interpreted by others.’ Experimental Agriculture ‘I found it an excellent refresher and reminder of basic concepts, issues and historical background..I enjoyed this book and I continue to dip into it

–AJH, Eagle Bulletin, 2009.

About the Author


Blewitt is Director of Professional Development and Innovation, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of Exeter. He is the author of The Ecology of Learning (2006) and co-editor of The Sustainability Curriculum (2004)

Product details

  • Publisher‏ : ‎ Earthscan Publications Ltd.; 1st edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback‏ : ‎ 306 pages
  • ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 1844074544
  • ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-1844074549
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.2 pounds
  • Dimensions‏ : ‎ 6.75 x 1 x 9.5 inches

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies aged 90 – BBC News

BBC News – Dec 26, 2021

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace prize laureate who helped end apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90. BBC South Africa correspondent Nomsa Maseko looks back at his life.

Preventing Future Pandemics: Health For All, Now More Than Ever – The Rockefeller Foundation

The Covid-19 pandemic has resurfaced many tough reminders about the persistence of healthcare inequity in the United States and around the world.

On December 12th, the United Nations, global advocates, and others recognized International Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day and called for investments that will ensure access to affordable, quality healthcare for all. The Rockefeller Foundation has long championed UHC, from investing in health care accessibility through the Transforming Health Systems initiative over a decade ago, to its ongoing efforts to end the current pandemic and prevent future ones through the Pandemic Prevention Institute.

Underlying these efforts is the smart use of data to save lives. As the pieces below highlight, gathering the kind of information needed to detect, track and respond to pandemics requires global collaboration, outreach, and trust between governments, scientists, organizations, and communities around the world.

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No One Is Safe Until Everyone Is Safe: Oxfam on Vaccine Equity & Taking On Moderna

23 Dec 2021
Oxfam America has accused Moderna of misleading its investors about an ongoing dispute over whether it needs to share vaccine patent rights with the U.S. government. Oxfam filed a shareholders complaint against Moderna with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the company’s resistance to recognizing the role played by three scientists with the National Institutes of Health in developing the vaccine. We speak with Robbie Silverman, senior corporate advocacy manager at Oxfam America, who says the federal government owns a right to license the vaccine to manufacturers. “It is simply not sufficient just to vaccinate the U.S. or just to vaccinate rich countries, because the virus knows no national boundaries,” says Silverman, who claims Moderna is “essentially doing almost nothing to vaccinate low-income countries, and that has negative impacts for all of us.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931-2021) on Apartheid, War, Palestine, Guantánamo, Climate Crisis & More

27 Dec 2021
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African anti-apartheid icon, has died at the age of 90. In 1984 Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work fighting to end white minority rule in South Africa. After the fall of apartheid, Archbishop Tutu chaired the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he pushed for restorative justice. He was a leading voice for human rights and peace around the world. He opposed the Iraq War and condemned the Israeli occupation in Palestine, comparing it to apartheid South Africa. We reair two interviews Archbishop Tutu did on Democracy Now!, as well as two speeches on the Iraq War and the climate crisis.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Jul 12, 2021

This report presents the first global assessment of food insecurity and malnutrition for 2020 and offers some indication of what hunger might look like by 2030 in a scenario further complicated by the enduring effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes new estimates of the cost and affordability of healthy diets, which provide an important link between the food security and nutrition indicators and the analysis of their trends.

BBC World Service – Newshour, WHO warns: you can’t boost your way out of the pandemic

(Photo: Shoppers pass a poster urging people to get a booster shot against Covid-19 in Bristol, England. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

The head of the WHO says no country can rely on booster shots to get out of the Covid pandemic. We get an assessment from the organisation’s special envoy on Covid-19, Dr David Nabarro.

Global National: Dec. 26, 2021 | World remembers anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu

Global News– 26 December 2021

South African anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu died this weekend at the age of 90, leaving behind a powerful legacy. As á ’ reports, he’s remembered around the world for a life spent fighting for equality.

A grim new record in Ontario as the province reports more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day. But experts say the true number of cases is likely much higher, as testing centres struggle to keep up. Morgan Campbell reports on the surge and how it’s affecting the holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, surging COVID-19 case numbers in the U.S. are wreaking havoc on holiday travel. More than 1,000 flights were cancelled in the U.S. on Boxing Day, according to a flight tracking website. Jennifer Johnson reports.

With less than a week to go until 2022, it’s time to look back at the year that was in Canadian politics. From COVID-19 and Truth and Reconciliation to climate change and the Canadian federal election, a lot has happened in 2021. Mercedes Stephen and Global News’ political correspondents in Ottawa look back at the moments that stood out.

And finally, another sign of the troubling changes underway in Hong Kong— three universities removed public monuments commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. As Mike Armstrong explains, it points to a further erosion of the “one country, two systems” principle that was supposed to apply to Hong Kong.

South Africans start week of national mourning for Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931-2021)

Al Jazeera English – Dec 27, 2021

South Africa is beginning seven days of mourning for Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Desmond Tutu, who has died aged 90. A series of events are being planned to mark his passing, including a state funeral on January 1. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid, during white minority rule. Al Jazeera’s @Jillian Wolf reports from Cape Town, South Africa.