Losing Focus on Sustainable Development – 12th June 2012 with Andrea Ross

Our audience really enjoyed this thought provoking talk from Andrea Ross, Professor of Environmental law at the University of Dundee.

In May 2010, the UK Coalition Government set itself the objective of becoming the ‘Greenest Government yet’. But in July 2010 it  announced it was disbanding the Sustainable Development Commission.

By May 2011 it was being criticised in an open letter from 15 diverse organisations of losing its way on environmental issues and the ‘green economy’ and by May 2012 it had still failed to produce a new sustainable development strategy.

Moreover, while the Government appears fixated on using the term ‘sustainable’ regularly, it does so with little regard to the long term health of the planet preferring instead to focus on the ‘sustainability’ of the economy.

In her talk, Andrea highlighted this lack of leadership for sustainable development at the UK level. She also explored various ways of challenging short term thinking as well as promoting and supporting concern for the Earth’s limits.

This event was kindly hosted by the cafe at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum

Dundee Waterfront Project: the V&A Effect – 5th October 2010

The Dundee Waterfront Project is an ambitious long-term development project to reconnect Dundee city centre with the Tay, and is one of the most notable forward-thinking projects in Scotland today. The Dundee Waterfront vision is to transform, energise and connect the city to the waterfront, threading the city and water together to create a special sense of place.

One of the most ambitious aims is the development of the Victoria & Albert Museum site at the waterfront, the first outside London. Join Dundee Arts Cafe on Tuesday 5th of October at The McManus Cafe at 6pm with speaker Mike Galloway, Director of City Development at Dundee City Council for the latest updates on this project, and the benefits Dundee can expect from these developments.

Doors open at 5.30pm and beers, wine and food are all served in The McManus Cafe, see here for a full menu. This is a FREE event, but there is limited seating available for 60 people so please do arrive early to avoid disappointment.