David Parry-Davies

Economic crisis — new thinking needed

Recognising that the world economy is in crisis, I quote an old truism that states “if you keep doing what you have always done – don’t be surprised if you get what you have always got in the past”. The logical extension of this is that we urgently need to review the very basis and…

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Xenophobia: The environmental causes

Firstly, let’s clarify what the term “environment” means. Long gone are the days when environment simply referred to fauna and flora. At the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, the slogan “sustainable development” referred to a triangular relationship between people, planet and prosperity — giving each an equal importance. More recently this understanding has…

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Eco-logical values

To solve the environmental challenges that we face today will require more than simply applying a new set of rules and regulations, it will require nothing less than a shift in our understanding and the underlying values that motivate our current behaviour. Or as more eloquently expressed by Albert Einstein, “The world we have created…

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When the people lead, the leaders will follow

“When the people lead, the leaders will follow.” How often has this statement been proven true? Remember the French Revolution, the breakdown of the USSR, the fall of apartheid in South Africa. Is this beginning to unfold again in Zimbabwe? In each case, people were faced with what appeared to be huge and insurmountable problems…

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Climate change: Are you a passenger or crew ?

At a public meeting, just after an eminent scientist had painted a very scary picture of the looming climate-change crisis, I heard a frightened person ask: “So it’s like we are on this steam-train trip to hell and even you scientists can’t stop climate change from destroying people and our planet — is that right?”…

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