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Author Archives: Dustin Benton
I wrote recently about how resource extraction is like the Red Queen race in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, where rising environmental pressures mean we have to work much harder and pay more just to maintain production. What I didn’t … Continue reading
This post originally appeared on The Guardian. Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass contains a famous passage describing Alice’s attempts to run alongside the Red Queen in a topsy-turvy nonsense world, where cause and effect are reversed:
Earlier this week, Global Witness, the organisation behind restrictions on blood diamonds, called for an EU law to restrict the use of conflict minerals. This would match a US law, called the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires companies to trace the … Continue reading
Last week, I attended ‘Redesigning the future‘, an RSA Great Recovery debate on the role of design in a circular economy. Redesign certainly makes circular systems cheaper and more effective. In the case of end-of-life vehicles, design for recycling will … Continue reading
Our economy has been built on a wasteful pattern: we make short-lived products out of valuable raw materials we dig out of the ground, and then stick them (and the resources that made them) back in the ground as landfill. This no … Continue reading
I wrote about Chatham House’s report on resource futures last month, which provides a detailed and comprehensive look at how underlying environmental stress contributes to material insecurity. Green Alliance’s contention is that addressing material insecurity means tackling the underlying environmental … Continue reading
Dustin Benton is a senior policy adviser at Green Alliance, leading the Resource Stewardship theme. Last week, Chatham House added to the drumbeat of concern about resources, declaring that ‘the spectre of resource insecurity has come back with a vengeance.’ … Continue reading
This post is by Dustin Benton, who leads Green Alliance’s Resource Stewardship theme. The UK has made real progress in reducing landfill in certain sectors, including packaging, consumer goods, and hospitality, over the past two years. Indeed, the European Commission recently found that the UK … Continue reading
This post is by Dustin Benton, who leads Green Alliance’s Resource Stewardship theme. Our economy has a basic structure: we dig things out of the ground, turn them into products that last from minutes to a few years at most, … Continue reading