The Nexus approach requires systemic thinking and a
quest for integrated solutions to guide our decision-making about
resource use and development and move to a more sustainable planet.
The plenary themes for the Nexus 2014 Conference are:
Urban Challenges of the Nexus:
Local and Global Perspectives
The world has passed the second wave of urbanization
with more than 50% of the population now living in urban areas—expected
to rise to 60% by 2030. The challenge of providing increased food,
water and energy is huge and interlinked.
Nexus Perspectives: Water, Energy
Water and energy have a symbiotic relationship; all
types of energy provision consume water, and water supply and sewage
disposal require energy. This theme explores traditional and
alternative energy sources and the opportunities moving forward.
Nexus Perspectives: Water, Food and
Agriculture is one of the dominant water users in the US
and abroad. Understanding how to conserve water and reuse water can
have a dramatic effect on water availability and food production in the
Natural Resource Security for
People: Water, Food and Energy
As the challenges for water, energy and food become
greater, the competition for these resources will also increase.
Individuals, companies, and countries need to think critically about
resource management and use, both now and in the future.
New businesses are increasingly adopting an
environmental outlook. What are start-ups in North Carolina and around
the world doing to address water, food, climate and energy?
Nexus Corporate Stewardship: How
Business is Improving Resource Use
Industry is a great user of water and energy, and a
major food producer. How can corporations address competitive demand
and related resource use? What are corporate best practices in
sustainability and “greening” business?
Financing the Nexus: Policy and
Often funding is through sectors. In a more interlinked
world, how can traditional and new funding be utilized?
Below are potential areas for abstract submissions. They
do not represent what will be chosen, but topics that we will explore
during the Conference. We hope you will join us in March.
My new book Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in A Time of Fear (Routledge) is on advance order on amazon - out July 9th.
I would also like to thank my co-authors Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Carolina Duque Chopitea, Minu Hemmati, Susanne Salz, Bernd Lakemeier, Laura Schmitz, and Jana Borkenhagen for their chapters - which are awesome!! While underscoring that my co-authors do not necessarily agree with the chapters written by other people.
The book will be out in July for the High Level Political Forum where we will be launching the book. Let me share with you the introduction for the book...and a few reviews out already. “A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.” (Kennedy, 1966) A changing world
The revolution that Bobby Kennedy was talkin…
By Felix Dodds and Michael Strauss first published on Inter Press Service here. With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the planet and the
governments of both wealthy and poorer nations overwhelmed by the demands of managing
a response, the scheduling of this year’s critical UN Climate Summit is
suddenly in doubt. COP26
(formally, the 26th annual Conference of the Parties of the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change) is planned for Glasgow, Scotland (UK) from
9-20 November. It will be the culmination of five years of negotiations since
the historic 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. More than 100 presidents and prime
ministers are expected to present their nations’ plans for carrying out the
sweeping environmental, economic and energy changes necessary to keep the
Earth’s warming to survivable levels. In
all, over 30,000 government delegates, intergovernmental officials and stakeholder
representatives are preparing to attend. The
agenda of COP26 is deep and urgent. Besides reporting how t…
As we start to embrace the new decade – is this the roaring 20’s? The state of the world is not what we would have hoped for in 2015 when Heads of State agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. This seems to have been a consistent trend in global sustainable development affairs. Something that we pointed out in what is called the ‘Vienna Café Trilogy’. The first book of that Trilogy – 'Only One Earth' was written with the father of sustainable development Maurice Strong and Michael Strauss looked at the development of policy at the global level from the mid-1960s to 2012. What it showed was that after each advancement there was a negative reaction caused by a number of global events. After Stockholm 1972 (the first UN Conference on the environment) we saw the impact of the Yom Kippur War – where oil prices rose significantly and focus moved away from environmental issues. Around the time of the UNEarth Summit in 1992, we saw the breakup of…