For a greener future, we must accept there’s nothing inherently sustainable about going digital

Jessica McLean, Macquarie University Digital technologies are often put forward as a solution to environmental dilemmas. The spread of the internet came with claims of a huge reduction in printing, and by replacing paper with bytes, we thought we’d reduce our negative environmental impact But this early promise of solving environmental problems may not be

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In the corporate fight club, the environment usually loses

Research shows the environment usually comes off second best when companies are forced to compromise between sustainability and profit. Mohammad Rhaman/Flickr Christopher Wright, University of Sydney and Daniel Nyberg, University of Newcastle A commitment to sustainability has become a typical component of any modern-day corporation’s public face. Visit the homepages of major organisations in any

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A year of resistance: How youth protests shaped the discussion on climate change

Millions of youth have participated in climate strikes, negotiations, press conferences and events, demanding urgent climate action this year. (Shutterstock) Joe Curnow, University of Manitoba and Anjali Helferty, University of Toronto Greta Thunberg made history again this month when she was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. The 16-year-old has become the face of

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How social enterprises are building a more inclusive Australian economy

Lentil As Anything, a social enterprise in Melbourne. Shutterstock Erin I. Castellas, Swinburne University of Technology and Jo Barraket, Swinburne University of Technology Social enterprises employ twice the rates of Australians with disability and female managers as mainstream small businesses. Our study of Victorian social enterprises also found 12% of jobs are held by previously

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Individual support plans can ensure better working life for people with disabilities

shutterstock.   Maria Berghs, De Montfort University and Simon Dyson, De Montfort University In the United Kingdom, over 11 million people are living with a life-limiting condition, impairment or chronic illness. All of them are more likely than others to live in poverty, and face difficulties accessing education, employment and services. In particular, disabled people

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More carers’ leave may help Australians look after elderly parents and stay in work

Too many informal carers have to choose between giving their older mum or dad the care they need and dropping out of the workforce. Shutterstock Melanie Zeppel, Macquarie University; Lukas Hofstätter, Macquarie University; Petra Graham, Macquarie University, and Sze Ming Loh, University of Sydney Carers’ advocates are urging a rethink of the way we support

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