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Guidelines and exhibited examples of sustainable development are available from:

CAT is a pioneer in alternative technology based at Machynlleth, Wales and attracts many thousand visitors every year. They demonstrate how to apply sustainable development in buildings, with organic gardening, while using solar and wind power and with trees and biofuels. Contact them by email or visit their web site.

wpe2.gif (941 bytes) A framework for curriculum development in higher education has been launched by The Natural Step who have opened up a dialogue with 11 universities and joined forces with The Institution of Environmental Sciences, The Council for Environmental Education, WWF (UK) and the Environment Agency.

Large areas of the English country side could be ruined and wildlife devastated if lowland sheep and beef farmers continue to go out of business, according to several of the UK's largest environmental organisations, including English Nature and the National Trust. This has given rise to the formation of a previously unheard of alliance between the National Farmers Union and green groups. The RSPB has commented that "grassland grazing is vital for conservation. It has taken 6,000 years of farming to create the landscape ... on which wildlife depends." Livestock farmers are suffering badly and simply abandoning their farms. (Guardian 19 Sep 1998)

The new academy is an innovative business education centre set up to bring together the best in values-led business practice with progressive management thinking. Our aim is to broaden the view of what is involved in management and encourage a wider perspective that puts human and environmental values alongside profit as equal measures of success. The academy offers:

NEF (email) has established a reputation for itself as a powerful, respected think tank not only on new economics but also as publishers (email), organisers of the People's Summit (formerly The Other Economic Summit - TOES) (email) and as organisers of the Centre for Community Visions (email). see also their web site.

The Henry Doubleday Research Association is a membership organisation specialising in organic methods of gardening and has demonstration gardens open to the public at Ryton, near Coventry and Yalding near Maidstone, Kent. Both sites provide a wealth of advice and information and are well worth visiting. Contact them by email and see their web site at:

The first notions of an environment centre formed in late 1989. Experience of an environment centre in Munich gave weight and impetus to the idea and a group of friends got together to progress the concept. Over the next two years this group, comprising Kevin Bryan, Mike Franklin, Kirsten Killander, Roger & Uli Munford, Chris Pickering, Bill Richmond and Andy Rigg, pursued the twin paths of developing the concept, and lobbying for recognition and funding. The team was later joined by Richard Norris, initially seconded from Coopers & Lybrand. Crucial early support came from Southampton City Council, Hampshire County Council and Heron International. Premises were secured for the development of a 1000 sq.ft walk-in centre.

We now have 2 full time employees working on sustainable development within the deprived areas of Southampton. In addition another person is working directly on LA21 in Southampton. The former project is entitled the "Shannon Project" after our popular composting expert, Chas Shannon, who died age 86 last year (and to avoid terrible words like green, environment, sustainability etc.). Details can be found on our web site. The relevant page is a bit out of date because it was written from the text of the original bid. There will be some more interesting real action to report fairly soon.

UNESCO issued a declaration on the responsibilities of the present generation towards future generations on 12 November 1997. It covers: protection of the environment; biodiversity and cultural diversity; freedom of political, economic and social choices; peace; development and education - a new form of human rights declaration. This quoted by Turning Point 2000 from Future Generations Journal, 1998 No 24.

The Woodland Trust is a membership organisation that is putting trees back on the map in Britain, and have saved over 1,000 woods.. They are landowners who are striving to keep ancient woodlands permanently safe from development. All their woodlands are managed with trees, wildlife and people in mind. Everywhere you go in the UK you are never far from  wood managed by The Woodland Trust. See their web site at:   

The WBCSD has formed a working group to examine the challenge of sustainable consumption. Companies represented include Procter & Gamble, DuPont, General Motors and British Telecommunications.  Business organisations seem to prefer the term 'sustainability in the market' but non-governmental organisations (NGOs) talk about eco-efficiency and environmental space. The latter use average annual generation of carbon dioxide (CO2) per person which is 20 tonnes in America, 10 tonnes in UK and four-fifths of a tonne in India. If world population reaches 10 billion by the year 2050 we shall each be entitled to generate about 1 tonne of  CO2, to be sustainable. That means that Americans need to reduce their generation of CO2 by 95%, the British by 90%, in order to allow India to increase by one-third. [Source: Tomorrow Magazine No 6 Vol VIII, Nov-Dec 1998.]

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has published a discussion document urging firms to make Corporate Social Responsibility a strategic issue and to integrate it into every manager's job. [Source: Tomorrow Magazine No 6 Vol VIII, Nov-Dec 1998, WBCSD Supplement]

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