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Waterloo launches Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, In : Sustainable Development 

Waterloo named home for Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada, in partnership with WGSI.

By Sam Toman & Natalie Quinlan

​A new organization at the University of Waterloo will focus on bringing together Canadian post-secondary institutions, civil society members and others to mobilize around the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. Officially launched Monday, May 7, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada joins 24 other SDS...


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Don’t blame God or nature. We’re the culprits (By David Suzuki)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 8, 2017, In : Climate change 
Don’t blame God or nature. We’re the culprits. 

By David Suzuki

Traditionally, we’ve labelled events over which we have no influence or control “acts of God” or “natural disasters.” But what’s “natural” about climate-induced disasters today?

Scientists call the interval since the Industrial Revolution the “Anthropocene,” a period when our species has become the major factor altering the biological, physical and chemical properties of the planet on a geological scale. Emp...

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The Paris climate deal won’t save us – our future depends on de-growth

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, In : Global 

By Jason Hickel. From The Guardian. Published on July 3rd, 2017. 


When Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate deal, the world reacted with outrage. And rightly so: the agreement represents a remarkable achievement in international diplomacy – a breakthrough after 20 years of failed climate negotiations. But as we rally to defend the Paris deal against the onslaught of an ill-informed bully, we need to resist the temptation to cast the agreement as some kind of saviour...


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‘Social urbanism’ experiment breathes new life into Colombia’s Medellin

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, January 30, 2017, In : Sustainable cities 
By Stephanie Nollen

Published in The Globe and Mail, on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

The transformation of Medellin must rank as the most remarkable urban redemption project in modern history. Two decades ago this city’s very name was a one-word synonym for “murderous-drug-and-crime-ridden-Latin-American-hellhole.” The drug baron Pablo Escobar ruled from a hilltop fortress, and his henchmen set off bombs in the middle of the city and executed police in their beds.

And today, in that same neighbo...

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New paper: "Converging Urban Agendas: Toward Healthy and Sustainable Communities"

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, In : Sustainable cities 
Just published in the journal Social Sciences! Find it here.

Abstract

In light of recent developments such as the COP21 Paris climate agreement, the UN adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, and the Habitat III Conference, there is increasing recognition of the role of human settlements as key components of both global challenges and global solutions. “Urban sustainability” under various names has matured over the last three decades not only in planning and related fields, ...
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Top 10 Reused Industrial Landscapes

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Sunday, May 11, 2014, In : Activities and Proposals 
Advancements in ecology and environmental studies have been particularly prevalent over the past few years. We recycle waste on a daily basis in the hopes of preventing past mistakes, because decades ago we did not understand the full extent of pollution. In the spirit of reusing waste, we have adapted contaminated sites to become useful once again through many means of cleansing and renovating the soil and surrounding structures.

Here is a list containing some industrial landscapes that, hel...
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Do ancient cities hold the key to equal, sustainable urban access? (ongoing research)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, In : Sustainable Development 
How far away is your school? Are there more fast food joints than farmers markets in your neighborhood? Is your doctor close enough to help you in an emergency?

Today, more than half of the world's population – that's more than 3.5 billion people – lives in cities, and cities contain the majority of services like schools, markets, and hospitals. Experts predict that by 2030, urban area will double worldwide, shifting more people into cities. However, to some, access to urban services is no...

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