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Wed May 4 18:08:57 EDT 2011


Summary: new and interesting DETR report.

Some of you may have been interviewed a few months ago by Quadrangle
consulting, who were doing work for the DETR on the language of
sustainability. Their report has now been released (on May 12th I believe)
(with a deafeningly silent PR onslaught) and is available on the web at:

http://www.detr.gov.uk/environment/sustainable/language

There's a useful excecutive summary. Basic conclusion is that:

* Learning about sust. dev. does not depend on a more user friendly term to
shorthand the set of interlinked issues. The term needs 'unbundling' to
facilitate understanding before any 'name' will have real meaning.

* The real challenge is to speed up the evolution of (a better) lanaguage
for sustainable development.

(please discuss. do not spend more than 1 hour on any question. do not
write on both sides of the paper at once....).

Seriously, there is some valuable stuff here for anytone working on these
issues.

Judith Hanna
jehanna at gn.apc.org
15 Jansons Rd, Tottenham, London N15 4JU




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