Impact of tourism on Barcelona city as popular travel destination

Loved to Death? Residents Disenchanted by Barcelona’s Tourism Success

Just as I finished jotting down my reflections on the Gringo Trails documentary about the impact of tourism around the world, another documentary, Bye Bye Barcelona, has appeared, claiming that citizens of Barcelona, the much loved Catalan capital, are increasingly disenchanted by the city’s tourism success. The problem? With tourism in Barcelona booming, the industry…

Copenhagen Denmark European Green Capital 2014

Copenhagen: European Green Capital 2014

Europe celebrates its ‘green capitals’, cities that show world-class leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainable development, making them particularly attractive as places in which to study, live or visit. In 2010, Stockholm was awarded first European Green Capital by the European Commission, followed by Hamburg (2011), Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012) and Nantes this year. Copenhagen is the…

Delhi sustainable development summit 2013

Insights from the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013

Among the many sustainability conferences, summits and events out there, such as CII-ITC Sustainability Summits, Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value Forum, Unilever’s USLP and many more, few come close to the size, grandeur, and sheer overwhelming presence of world leaders and personalities experienced at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, writes Pankaj Arora, a Green MBA and fellow blogger at Linking Sustainability.…

Islam and sustainable development

Islam and Sustainable Development

What does Islam have to do with sustainable development and the ongoing economic, financial and environmental crises? A lot, as Professor Odeh Rashed Al-Jayyousi explains in his new book on Islam and Sustainable Development (Transformation and Innovation) (Gower, 2012). Unhappy with the lack of cultural and spiritual elements in mainstream, conventional ‘Western’ understandings of sustainability (mostly…

china eco city

Cities and Sustainability: Our Urban Future

Cities are ground zero for the collision of economic, environmental and social imperatives that define sustainability and as such provide a compelling frame through which to understand and drive sustainable development. As models for connectivity, adaptability, decisiveness and experimentation they provide numerous lessons, especially to business, on how to advance the sustainability agenda both within…