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Perspectives Essay: Creating Sustainable Communities

In this essay, Alison Surtees argues that we need to work together differently if we want to create sustainable communities. A balance has to be struck between economics (who pays), ecology (impact on environment) and society (communities); and everyone (communities, the public, private and third sector) has to be involved, bringing their expertise in each area to ensure collective ownership.

Perspectives Essay: Knowledge for Sustainability

How can we achieve true sustainability in Greater Manchester? The central theme of Caroline Downey's essay is that the individualistic, economic growth paradigm has not worked, cannot work, and is threatening our very existence. Without a fundamental shift in governance and ideology, a sustainable future for humans is difficult to imagine.

A lightbulb moment? The evidence base informing the GM Climate Change Strategy

A selection of links and online areas that helped underpin the drafting of Greater Manchester's Climate Change Strategy in 2012.

Perspectives Essay: The Upwards Spiral or the Long Descent?

In Greater Manchester, growth is the zeitgeist, consumerism the culture, business as usual the norm and climate armageddon the inevitable destination. However, this very personal perspective from Walter Menzies concludes with a positive proposal.

In the shadow of Urbis Manchester based actress Alberta Agyeman on the pillow lawns of Cathedral Gardens. Photo by Len Grant.

Palaces for the people: the regenerative power of culture

From the archives: a piece from Industrial Evolution in 2002 on how theatre, art and entertainment for the masses are sweeping aside the derelict wastelands left by the Industrial Revolution in the twin cities of Liverpool and Manchester.

Rochdale Pioneer Museum

From Rochdale to Rio in the steps of Robert Owen

From the archives: Written to mark ten years since the first Earth Summit in Rio, this 2002 article from the magazine Industrial Evolution looks at the inspiration the Rochdale Pioneers gave to modern-day advocates of sustainability.

Evolutionary justice across England's Northwest

From the archives: When the land is neglected, communities fragment and when our natural capital is plundered, regional partnerships stand ready to step in and help communities to helpthemselves, through environmental improvement. Originally published in Industrial Evolution in 2002.

 

The new white shirts: corporate social responsibility

From the archives: In New White Shirts (first published in IE in 2002), Michael Taylor looks at the businesses that are fundamentally changing the way in which they work, incorporating corporate social responsibility into the heart of their operations. Additional interviews by Steve Connor.

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