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About derm

I have a job in Scotland, working on business and climate change. With a passion for and graduate schooling in whole-systems sustainability from Sweden, I try to keep my hand on the pulse of the sustainability world through various side-projects with friends and peers. I've written reports on water, on true costing of food and natural resources, responsible investing, and on global organizational networks. I love hill running, probably because I left all the powder skiing back in British Columbia. I also love seeing things grow and looking at something familiar with new eyes. I think I could live happily for a year on pizza and nachos, although I'd prefer to not find out. I believe wild animals have a message for us, and it may be something to do with the fact that they've been getting a bum deal on this planet lately. When I was little I believed that there was someone special out there for each and everyone of us. I still believe that. I know world is a complex place, and feel that open and honest communication is probably one of the few sure ways to lead us to success.

Spring has sprung, hug a tree-better yet, plant one.

The northern hemisphere is finally heating up and seasonal affective disorder is becoming a faint memory, positivity is in abundance once again. The leaves haven’t yet sprouted here in Edinburgh, but each and every day one hopes to see those little … Continue reading

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Gauguin and Van Gogh, two friends, an ear full of a tale

 Earlier this week, two German authors published a report on what may likely be the truth to how Vincent Van Gogh lost his ear.  For the past 120 years, we have believed that an aging Van Gogh cut off his … Continue reading

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Water water, not everywhere

I recently co-wrote a report on global water insecurity.  Second only to air, water is a topic that reaches every human being as one of our most basic sustenance needs.   Like many, I’m a little worried about our global water situation, with increasing … Continue reading

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Erasing our Footprints with Nurturing Handprints

The world is full of footprints.  To many of us, it’s the only thing we’ve left behind as we’ve meandered across this amazing planet.  But there are other footprints, the kind we use as a form of measurement.    Since … Continue reading

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Offsetting Works

Yes, I’m an offsetter. Does that mean I can now live without guilt? Unlikely, but it is the right thing to do. Many people, even sustainability people, make fun of offsetting and try to discredit it whenever they can. They … Continue reading

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Was Overfishing the Catalyst for a Somali Pirate Epidemic?

I recently caught this article from one of my favorite sites, treehugger.com.  All too often we get caught up in reacting to the problems in front of us. If Somali pirates have a hostage, we react by figuring out how … Continue reading

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S&P 500 Launches a Carbon Efficient Index

Even without a global government consensus on climate change action, the business world continues to move ahead.  Recently the S&P 500 launched a ‘Carbon Efficient Index’ to assist investors and fund managers in finding companies that are responding best to … Continue reading

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