Rio+20: I grew up under Thatcher …

Well, after all of the fantastic entries you’ve read over the last few weeks, it’s time for our winner’s entry.

Ed Byers, a PhD student in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (and what a strong showing that School made overall in the competition – really impressive!) snatched the prize with his thought-provoking, powerful and well-argued entry which analysed the factors most likely to achieve real change following this year’s Earth Summit.

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Rio+20: Integrating sustainability and development

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading the featured Rio+20 entries we’ve been bringing you over the last few weeks.

It’s now time to reveal our penultimate entry. Finishing in second place in the competition (and only losing out to our winner by the tightest of margins), MEng Civil Engineering student James Robinson (School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences) submitted a compelling and extremely well researched report which highlighted possible failings in the current structure of UN agencies.

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Rio+20: Changing the face of development – invisible fingerprints need to be recognised

Achieving an impressive third place in our Rio competition, BA Combined Honours student Claire Chisholm impressed all of the judges with her eloquent, powerful and well thought-out entry.

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Rio+20: Could it be a marketer to save the world?

Today’s featured Rio+20 entry comes from Henrietta (Etta) Smylie, a BSc Marketing student from the Newcastle University Business School.

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Rio+20: What about individual responsibility?

Our next shortlisted entry comes from another MEng Civil Engineering student, Luke Barnwell (School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences). Luke’s entry examines the disconnect between global issues and our own personal actions and choices and asks what can be done to increase our sense of personal responsibility for the impact of our actions.

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Rio+20: Sustainable development – a paradox?

It’s time to unveil the first of our shortlisted entries.

Finishing in 6th place overall, MEng Civil Engineering (School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences) student Martin Findlay’s entry examines the paradox inherent in the term ‘sustainable development’ and highlights the need for a switch from financial-based economies to those which take account of the value of environmental assets.

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