Sustainable Development 101

Ed Byers, winner of our Rio+20 competition, will be travelling in a couple of weeks (sponsored by Northumbrian Water) to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, along with runners-up James Robinson and Claire Chisholm.

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What would you say?

OK, so we are sending three of our students to attend the Earth Summit in person in June, and this has set us all thinking.

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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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