Impact of tourism on Barcelona city as popular travel destination

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

Just as we finished jotting down our reflections on the Gringo Trails documentary about the impact of tourism around the world, another documentary, Bye Bye Barcelona, 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 has…

Free online course on sustainable development by Jeffrey Sachs

Sustainable Development Free Online Course

Congratulations. Together with the rest of us you have entered The Age of Sustainable Development. It is now safe (and strongly recommended) to refresh your mindset and to register for the exciting free online course offered by Earth Institute Director and Columbia University Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs that will get you ready for the generation-long…

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 book review

Book Review: 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…

Difference between conservation, sustainability, resilience concepts and discourse

Sustainability Passé? Resilience Gaining Ground

Just like conservation was the buzzword for the 60s and 70s and sustainability from the 80s on (becoming increasingly mainstream recently), resilience might become the next dominant environmental discourse, argues Tony Jupiter in a recent Guardian post. As he puts it, having been lurking for some time, “resilience is set to join the S word…