Unsustainable change

So much has happened in the last couple of months (since I posted the message Spring Promise) that I have found it difficult to know how to comment. For a start, the political upheaval in the United Kingdom since the result of the referendum on our membership of the European Union has seen two party leaders depart and another under challenge. This is interesting because so many of those who said they voted to leave also claimed that they were seeking to slow down or even prevent changes that they blamed on European ‘interference’.

But Britain is not the only country experiencing a drift towards insularity and protests against what are seen as political elites who, it is claimed, are out of touch with the public mood. It seems to me that no individual leader or political party can possibly meet the disparate demands expressed so publicly via various streams of media, which have become so much more accessible since the advent of the internet.

It was with great pleasure that I saw that the opening of the Olympic Games in Rio featured the need for our environment to be cared for. If we all, as the collective human race, do not realise and embrace this message as a basis for progress any other political change, however popular it appears, will prove to be unsustainable. This is the reason I felt that I had to offer a potential new economic strategy in the paper ‘Accounting for sustainability’ to add to the other ideas contained within the pages on sustainability.

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Paul Newman

August 2016


About Paul Newman

Paul Newman BSc (Sociology), DMS, MA (Sustainable Development) worked for the Government for thirty years mostly on projects seeking to develop the UK Economy and has also been employed as a part-time lecturer, invigilator, events organiser and as a consultant on sustainable development projects. He became a member of the voluntary group Sustainable Staffordshire in 1997 and subsequently served as first a Vice-Chair then Chair for a four year term, during this time he also became a volunteer and then a trustee of the Community Council of Staffordshire, which he continued to support as a member of its Board of Directors until its closure in 2018. He has also served three terms as a Councillor for Swynnterton Parish, been a trustee of Hanchurch Village Hall and member of Trentham PCC.
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