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Grassroots innovation

A great listicle from the World Economic Forum with 10 ways to foster and develop grassroots innovation. From engaging local government and communities, through attacking discrimination in all forms, to introducing appropriate technology and including youth, this is a really good all-encompassing list with good brief explanations. Take a look! . . .

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Tolerance - an underutilized virtue

Tomorrow, 16 November is the UN International Day for Tolerance. This day of observation was started in 1996 after the 1995 Year for Tolerance. Tolerance is surely a cornerstone of the United Nations which was born out of the ashes of World War 2 and a general desire by all nations and all peoples not to repeat that mistake or that of the First War. Tolerance is a very useful approach as it does not put the demands of liking or agreeing with another party. Only that we tolerate and respect their view (within reason). Tolerance goes to the heart of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and not only should it be recognized politically and legally, but it should be practiced at all levels by all people. . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting stories from all over

A 150-year-old note from Charles Darwin is inspiring a change in the way forests are planted (The Conversation) . . .

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World Science Day for Peace and Development

The rationale of celebrating a World Science Day for Peace and Development has its roots in the importance of the role of science and scientists for sustainable societies and in the need to inform and involve citizens in science. In this sense, a World Science Day for Peace and Development offers an opportunity to show the general public the relevance of science in their lives and to engage them in discussions. Such a venture also brings a unique perspective to the global search for peace and development.   The purpose of the Day is to: Strengthen public awareness of the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies; Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries; Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies; Draw attention to the challenges faced by science in raising support for the scientific endeavour.   The year 2021 marks 20th edition of World Science Day for Peace . . .

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Half world's fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition

A very interesting read in The Guardian highlighting the complexity of any transition, especially the carbon transition we know we need to undertake. A report in Nature Energy shows how transitioning offers both opportunities and dangers. High income countries have already seen something similar as they transitioned from industrial to post-industrial economies from the 1970s onwards. Many places still feel the negative impacts of that today, while others have boomed. Moving away from carbon-based economic activity will have similar repercussions which governments need to manage carefully and where the UN has a key role. . . .

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The make-or-break climate summit: here's what's at stake at Cop26

Cop26 may involve dozens of world leaders, cost billions of pounds, generate reams of technical jargon and be billed as the last chance to prevent calamitous global heating, but at its simplest the climate conference in Glasgow is a debate about dialling up or dialling down risk……(The Guardian) . . .

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World Cities Day

31st October is World Cities Day when the UN seeks to raise awareness of particular issues concerning our urban systems with a hope that political and practical action can be stimulated. It is only the last decade which has seen the world’s population shift from being predominantly rural to predominantly urban, and this trend will lonely continue. While on the face of it cities can appear highly dirty concentrations of noise, air, water & light pollution and highlight all the issues humanity faces with the way it lives, they also represent immense hope for the future if addressed properly. By concentrating human activity into smaller spaces there are huge efficiencies to be had, most obviously with transport and energy. Of course this has to be set against studies concerning construction which may counter-intuitively show low rise buildings to be lower impact.  But all kinds of sustainable systems can be deployed if we properly harness the social and economic benefits . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting stories from all over

Sustainability continues to grow in the C-suite (GreenBiz) Gain confidence in following a “green” career (GreenBiz) Why finance is crucial to sustainability progress – case study (Eco-Business) Sheer scale of some countries makes targets daunting (wbcsd) How the West’s obsession with fast fashion compounds an environmental nightmare in Ghana (The World) Microplastics are everywhere — but are they harmful? (Nature) Leading Banks Launch Guide to Setting and Implementing Net Zero Banking Strategies (ESG Today) . . .

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