Category Archives: environment

Water: a human right?

Is there a human right to water? Nestle’s CEO once notoriously suggested that the idea is an extreme one put about by NGOs.[1] Just this week, the same corporation has sparked controversy in a municipality of Ontario by outbidding the … Continue reading

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Why carbon credits are not credible

If you want to protect human rights, you should look to what’s good for humans; if you want to protect the environment, you should look to what’s good for the environment. These things sound obvious when you say them. But … Continue reading

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To Divest or Not to Divest – Or Neither?

The University of Edinburgh has decided to resist the call from campaigners and some of its academics to divest decisively from fossil fuels. Does it matter? Nobody – on either side of the debate – can sincerely think that the … Continue reading

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Anthropocentrism

I notice that an old encyclopaedia entry of mine on Anthropocentrism has reached ‘top 3%’ of articles on the Academia.edu site.  It’s gratifying to be in a top-something list of something, whatever it means, but more interesting is to find … Continue reading

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Investment in Reality

In my final blog of three on responsible investment I offer some reflections on how to think about realities of wealth without being distracted by the symbolic representation of it that money, so unreliably at times, conveys.  While doing so, … Continue reading

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Should universities divest from fossil fuels?

Divestment from fossil fuels is the focus of a campaign among students and other civil society groups that is gathering momentum – and faster, it seems, even than previous campaigns that targeted apartheid, tobacco and arms manufacturers.  Universities are among … Continue reading

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Human rights and ethics in a crowded planet

Any renewal of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has to acknowledge the fact that we live in a crowded planet – crowded in the sense that the demands placed by the world’s human population on its ecological space are … Continue reading

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