Environomics: Decisions made today will mould the future

By Pierre Heistein, South Africa

– It is a wonder that when it comes to sustainability we “factor it in” rather than making it the centre of the argument. Unsustainable behaviour is the act of borrowing from the future, where the deficit of the future can compensate for the surplus of today, or of destroying the future state completely where compensation is not possible. Weiterlesen

Environomics: Saving polar bears is not what matters to most

By Pierre Heistein, South Africa

– Climate change will likely kill the polar bears. But really, who cares? I do because I have a personal love for the environment and I derive value from knowing that the Polar Bears will continue to thrive.  But that is not a value I have a right to impose on anybody else. The biggest problem about climate change however is not about polar bears.  It is about the most basic economic relationship of input, process, and output and this is a problem which we all, whether we phrase it as ‘economics’ or simply as ‘putting food on the table’, have a value for. Weiterlesen

Environomics: Does reduction to emissions mean a slowing economy?

By Pierre Heistein, South Africa

– The main focus of the COP17 conference currently being held in Durban will be on how the world economy can go about reducing its levels of green house gas (GHG) emissions.  As emissions are a direct result of industrial production the topic of fighting climate change cannot be discussed without addressing the impacts this will have on an economy’s production levels. But if emissions are directly linked to production, does this mean that calling for a reduction in emission is the same as asking for a sacrifice of economic growth? Weiterlesen

Environomics: What products don’t we need?

By Pierre Heistein, South Africa

– The main goal of the COP17 and further COP conferences to come will be to agree on ways that the world economy can produce less emissions.  But ultimately emissions are not driven by production, they are driven by consumption.  In this regard we need to ask ourselves what products are we happily consuming that actually add very little value to society? Weiterlesen

Climate change and youth unemployment in Uganda: Hopes and fears

By Mugisha Moses, Uganda

– The Uganda National Bureau of Statistics 2011 report estimates Ugandan population to have clocked 32.9 million people in the year 2011 compared to the 24.2 million people in 2002.  In the same report, it is emphasized that the population is increasingly becoming younger with increase from 51% in 1969 to 56% in 2002. Weiterlesen