TAG: Economic development

Energy Opportunity

Energy opportunity

Many African states have committed themselves to realising milestone development goals in the near future. Development is measured by using an array of indicators, these include having clean tap water, tar roads, and electricity amongst other things. When a vast majority of a country’s population has unhindered access to these amenities, it can be said that development is on an upward trajectory. The move towards development presents numerous opportunities for new technologies and renewable energy to be introduced in these countries. For instance, there are still many communities without electricity and electric power. An article in the Economist reports that… read more

Losing Our Humanity

Losing Our Humanity

Humankind now lives in a time of profound change, social and economic turmoil, and unprecedented environmental challenges. Some say the future is not what it used to be. That the past is dead. And the present is an illusion. It’s safe to say that the future holds potential vastly different to our “business as usual”, far removed from the economic model to which society’s power-brokers so desperately cling. Change is inevitable. This is not least because the challenges we face are simultaneously environmental, technological, economic, social and cultural. Human self-interest as we know it is destined to evolve. Increasingly, people… read more

Don’t Give Up The Fight

Don't Give Up The Fight

What do you reckon? Is the cause of today’s environmental challenges over-population? Over-consumption? Apathy? Greed? Various writers claim that our industrial system of economic development is the reason for our planetary malaise. Is the economic structure of the so-called democratically “free” world guilty? If so, how on earth can we transform a system whose global reach is ever-expanding? If poverty, like population, is a key player in our environmental challenges, surely a system established to generate prosperity is more of a help than a hindrance? Surely…not. The bad news is when you dig below the surface, the values and ideologies… read more