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Sustainability Resource Guide: Communities

Information about sustainability resources, events and activities at Newcastle University: a collaborative guide from NIReS and the University Library


Image of community on map of world

"A sustainable community is one that is economically, environmentally, and socially healthy and resilient. It meets challenges through integrated solutions rather than through fragmented approaches that meet one of those goals at the expense of the others. And it takes a long-term perspective – one that’s focused on both the present and future, well beyond the next budget or election cycle". - Institute for Sustainable Communities

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World Population


Based on a number of studies, geneticist Richard Lewontin explains that genetic differentiation between individuals within local populations, of local populations within classic geographical races and between races. He shows that almost all human genetic variation is contained between individuals within any local population and that the consequences of repeated migrations, invasions, and mixture between groups destroys any clear racial boundaries.

Malala Yousafzai S.St  a Pakistani activist for Female Education 

The Malala Fund 

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Ethics and Society

(Image: "Morals-and-Ethics" by Teodoraturovic (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

  • “As individuals, or groups, we act on particular conceptions of right and wrong, good or bad” (Smith, 2001: 261). 
  • *“[E]thics cannot itself legislate for society or produce rules of conduct whereby society maybe revolutionised or transformed… [ethics] hardens its skin as soon as we move into the political world of … government, institutions, tribunals, schools, committees and so on” (Levinas and Kearney, 1986: 29-30). 
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Gender Equity

Redefining the Workplace by 2025 

The Rockefeller Foundation’s research found Americans feel that having more women in leadership positions would have significant benefits, including reducing the pay gap between men and women for the same work, changing workplace policies in ways that benefit both men and women, and attracting a more diverse workforce. 


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