In 1956 science (Hubert) estimated that oil production in the United States would peak between 1965 and 1970. The science was right. In 1970, US oil production reached a maximum and began to decline (Gleick & Palaniappan, 2010). The term peak refers to the year when the maximum rate of extraction is reached, after which … Sigue leyendo SDG6: Water is life. Peak water. Peak life.
To boost the sustainable transition we need to build new infrastructures and industries. But, building more infrastructures and industries creates additional pressure and further accelerates climate change. So, how do we go about this Catch 22? Sustainable Development Goal 9, which seeks to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation, … Sigue leyendo SDG9: From Catch 22 to catch me if you can
To succeed in the transition framed within the UN Sustainable Development Goals, sustainability needs to deal with the uncertainty that emerges from one of the most challenging questions it eventually encounters: 'What will humans do?' (Busch & Harris). No matter how good the governance or technological solutions being available, their success is eventually determined by … Sigue leyendo SDG16: To connect physically, psychologically, and spiritually while leaving a minimum carbon footprint behind
Good health and well-being are connected through mental health which is becoming increasingly important in modern times. An important part of this goal has a lot to do with finding words that give answers to what? and to: why? The first one is relatively easy. We are all great experts when it comes to saying … Sigue leyendo SDG3: Better emotional education instead of quick access to pills
“Take care of the land, my son. They don’t make it anymore!” was the advice one farmer, whom I met some years ago, was given by his father. The man inherited a big farm right on the outskirts of a fast-developing city. The laws that stipulate the land use in that region dictate that, in … Sigue leyendo SDG15: Biodiversity, resilience, and photosynthesis
Education is the lifeblood of society. It reflects its structures and relations as no other human activity. After all, knowledge is power, and the way knowledge is shared shows how power is structured in society. When education follows that Foucauldian notion that we are not mere receptors of actions of power but instead its vessels, … Sigue leyendo SDG4: Learn to live with nature and with each other
After a whole day of driving, I was hungry. All I could think of was food. The feeling was immediately followed by a notion that very soon I would be home and not only I could eat but I would get to choose among different things that I like to eat. And then it struck … Sigue leyendo SDG2: Plant-rich diet and reduced food waste
I can't think of any profession where having a penis is a guarantee for better job performance. And yet, having one gives professionals with penis a much better chance to receive a higher salary than the professionals without one. In the last few decades, we have come a long way in closing the gender pay … Sigue leyendo SDG5: Meritocracy, Technology and Universal Basic Income
For most of my life, I have lived in the migration process. I was a refugee, illegal and legal immigrant, and each status taught me a lot about this goal's importance. Each condition gave me a unique perspective into values different societies cherish, hierarchies that sustain their social structures, and communicative paths that organize the … Sigue leyendo SDG10: The perspective guides equality
Human health is intrinsically related to environmental health. That is perhaps one of the most valuable lessons to be learned from the Covid19 pandemic; which has proven to be a manifestation of the earlier published conclusion that pointed out climate change as a potential factor for the emergence of pattern transitions in spatial epidemics . … Sigue leyendo SDG12: First, do no harm!