Your sparkling-white cotton shirt is the dirtiest in the world
So, should we be starting a large-scale campaign against cotton clothes, making it a worldwide revolution, and bringing cotton farming and the entire clothing production industry to a standstill?
This of course is not possible, and even if it could happen, the fallout will beget a whole new bunch of complications that may turn out to be...
The billion-dollar solar story has just begun
‘Carbon footprint’ cannot remain an aloof term any longer and we cannot but be aware of the energy we use each day. Additionally, as the price of fossil fuels and other nonrenewable energy sources keeps moving up, consumers are anyway being forced to think about other sources of energy.
The great delusion: A world with endless water supply - Part 2
Since water cannot be created but only managed, should we place our greater faith in public service bodies or private corporations? Should water service be privatized, after all?
Or, is there a choice here? Perhaps not. Already, drinking water is a full-fledged commodity packaged in bottles and sold as a branded consumer good.
The great delusion: A world with endless water supply - Part 1
Each reason, however minor it may seem in isolation, is a dot that connects with the other dots. If only we remember this life principle at all times and if only we stop pretending that we are but specks and too insignificant to matter in the vast scheme of things that make this miraculous planet function, will the tide start turning.
For a fair deal on shipping emissions
Shipping emissions – or ‘bunkers’ in the jargon of the UN climate negotiations (bunker fuel is the name of fuel oil used in ships) – are large and growing fast. A single ship can emit more in one year than many small island states. Yet, they are not currently regulated under the global climate regime.
Pollution: How we make it happen
Living in a city and caught up in the cross-currents of our daily living dilemmas and demands, we barely notice the pollution that is there all around us, inside us, sometimes in deafening forms, but mostly in a surreptitious manner. If truth be told...
Migrants from Nepal: Rootless in a hostile urban environment
One step ladder after the other... they never seemed to end and grew more precarious with each step I took. I was terrified and as I climbed (with my heart in the mouth), I knew that what I was going to witness was the nadir of human reality. On reaching the top, I witnessed several low, temporary shacks made of brick with asbestos or tin roofs. Here, t
Global warming: From diverse sources with differential economic effects
The reality of global warming has come under constant scrutiny by the lay public – largely because of some unfortunate and illegal access to private emails sent between scientists foremost in this field and some errors of fact published by the IPCC in their latest reports. The most quoted reference is to the statement that all Himalayan glaciers may h
Future Trends in CSR – The Next 10 Years
Looking to the future, what is needed – and what is just starting to emerge – is a new approach to CSR, which I call Systemic CSR, or CSR 2.0. This is a purpose-driven, principle-based approach, in which business seeks to identify...Read more...
Author: Wayne Visser, Founder and Director, CSR International