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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Business and Sustainability: Doing Well By Doing Good

Organisations are increasingly being assessed not only on ‘profit’ achievement but also the costs incurred in achieving that result. They are increasingly being rewarded and/or punished for the positive and/or negative impacts that their activities have on the environment and the wellbeing of society. Investors, suppliers, customers and the community are increasingly looking at, such

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