Development, Sustainability and Environment - Sessions
Session 1: Environmental Ideas in the 21st Century
Dave O'Toole, The Great Debate
Leverhulme Research Fellow in Politics, University of Newcastle
Joe Kaplinsky, Technology Analyst
Mary Mellor, author
Politics of Money: Towards Sustainability
and Economic Democracy,
Environmental ideas are taught in schools, discussed in the House of Commons and
debated at world summits, but what does it mean to be an environmentalist today?
This session will look at the impact of the environmental movement,
what is behind the mainstreaming of environmental ideas and what consequences
this has for the future.
Session 2: Sustainability Here and Now
Chair: Viv Regan, Assistant Director,
Project Director, PRESUD,
Directorate of Enterprise,
Environment & Culture, Newcastle City Council
Sustaining Architecture in the Anti-Machine Age,
'Death of the Subject' Explained,
Over the last decade work has been undertaken at international, national
and local levels to advance sustainable urban development. The final session
of the day will be a discussion about the benefits or otherwise of the sustainability
paradigm in the context of the developed world. Contrasting views of sustainability
will be offered by prominent speakers on this important issue.
Session 3: What Future for the Developing World?
Chair: Mo Lovatt, The Great Debate
Ceri Dingle, Director,
Geoff Parkin, Lecturer in Sustainable Hydrology,
Resource Systems Research Laboratory (WRSRL),
currently working on Middle East water resources projects
Aid North East
The term sustainable development is defined as 'development which meets the needs
of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their
own needs' [Brundtland Report].
Where does this leave present generations? What can the developing world
realistically aspire to?
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