Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: Track 1

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Is it possible to eradicate poverty? What steps should be taken to ensure an environmentally sustainable future for our planet? Rio+20 is a United Nations conference that draws in participation from all over the world attracting members of governments, the private sector as well as NGO’s amongst the thousands of guests who attend. The primary reason being to develop strategies to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection as we look to the future. In this collection Open University academics reflect on its progress and prospects, and demonstrate that international gatherings of political leaders are not (fortunately?) the only game in town.

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Track 1: Tackling climate change

Dr Barbara Pizzileo discusses the challenges facing academics in tackling the issue of global warming.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Tackling climate change    Dr Barbara Pizzileo discusses the challenges facing academics in tackling the issue of global warming. Play now Tackling climate change
2 Discovering Ecological Habits of Mind    Dr Emma Dewberry highlights the relationship between design thinking and ecology in regard to how design may redefine the nature of production and consumption. Play now Discovering Ecological Habits of Mind
3 From Awareness to Action    Professor Godfrey Boyle evaluates the change in attitudes towards the issue of the environment over the last 40 years. Play now From Awareness to Action
4 Humanity’s impact on the planet    Dr Graham Harvey discusses the negative impact humans have on the planet. Play now Humanity’s impact on the planet
5 Global Sweden – no thanks    Dr Joe Smith argues that the reality of creating a sustainable global society will be more difficult that then formal rhetoric of global conferences. Play now Global Sweden – no thanks
6 Business as usual in the landscape of change    Dr Stephen Peake discusses how businesses have reacted to the issue of sustainability. Play now Business as usual in the landscape of change
7 Tensions at Rio+20    Dr Helen Yanacopulos emphasises the significance of the Rio+20 conference and how it brings attention to the issues of sustainable development and equality. Play now Tensions at Rio+20
8 Rio Roundtable    Was the Rio+20 conference just another talking shop for politicians or will real good come out of it? Play now Rio Roundtable