Ciara Shannon's Blog

Ciara loves following the 'rubik cube' nature of sustainability (social, economic and environmental) as it twists and turns the world. Ciara is the Founding Director of Eden Ventures that specialises in sustainability/ climate change issues and has been working under Planet Eden a registered society to bring to Hong Kong an environmental edu-inspiring park. Prior to setting up Eden Ventures, Ciara initiated and ran the Climate Change Business Forum (CCBF) for the Business Environment Council (BEC). Ciara has been a sustainability professional since 2000 and is Hong Kong born.
Gong Xi Fa Cai
February 8, 2013

Love this.
by D. H. Lawrence
A snake came to my water-trough
On a hot, hot day, and I in pyjamas for the heat,
To drink there.
In the deep, strange-scented shade of the great dark carob-tree
I came down the steps with my pitcher
And must wait, must stand and wait, for there he was at the trough before
He reached down from a fissure in the earth-wall in the gloom
And trailed his yellow-brown slackness soft-bellied down, over the edge of
the stone trough
And rested his throat upon the stone bottom,
And where the water had dripped from the tap, in a small clearness,
He sipped with his straight mouth,
Softly drank through his straight gums, into his slack long body,
Someone was before me at my water-trough,
And I, like a second comer, waiting.
He lifted his head from his drinking, as cattle do,

China key player
February 7, 2013

Last week the Chinese government announced in its five year energy plan that it would set a non binding limit on carbon emissions at 4 billion tons of coal equivalent by 2015. This follows on the heels of promises to cut energy intensity -- the amount used per unit of GDP growth -- by 16 percent over the 2011-2015 period  to address crucial issues such as pollution, waste and a growing dependence on overseas oil and gas supplies.    
The Chinese government is also exploring 'market mechanisms' and by 2015-2016, the Chinese government expects to develop a national carbon trading system. As a first step, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has initiated carbon trading pilots including the cities of Beijing, Shanghai,Tianjing, Chongqin, Shenzhen, and Guangdong and Hubei provinces and together they account for 27.4% of China’s national GDP and 18.4% of its population.  If the Chinese ETS works, other Asian national...

Consider Us Fools
November 2, 2012

Poem to Earth written by Isadora Rawlinson (10 yrs old & written during Frankenstorm in Philadelphia, USA)    
Climate change is here
It should fill you with fear
Catastrophe is about
Don't ignore the screams and shouts
The planet is confused 
And every one snoozed 

The ticking earth
Cynicism and mirth
Diverse and unsolvable
The speed is uncontrollable
It’ s like a sickness
It's now a big mess

Like a restless runaway
That pushes us at bay
The earth is changing
Priorities rearranging
Time for us to wake up
Time for a big shake up
Recycle your tins
Reduce the stuff in your bins
Reduce your carbon footprint
Walk more drive less( hint hint)
More windmills Less fossil fuels
If we don't change now consider us fools

Why ever not?
September 12, 2012

Eden Ventures in partnership with Futerra hosted an interesting event yesterday with some great panelists and Ed Gillsepie from Futerra giving a high energy and inspiring Masterclass. The main thinking for organising the event for me was an observation that there is a great opportunity for more creative communications on sustainability. The event revealed some excellent insights and highlighted some best practise globally, as well as some initiatives in HK. There was also a very informative panel on integrated reporting.
A few points on Integrated Reporting
1. At present there is no standard format for an integrated report but the IIRC has provided Guiding Principles and a Integrated Report (IR) Framework is expected to be published in 2013.
2. Doing an integrated report is a very important journey for...

Show Compassion
August 28, 2012

My sister took this picture as she hiked up 'dale and yonder' in the Lake District (UK). I love it - what a great message to come across when you are puffy and sweaty. In fact, any moment of the day, anywhere as it makes you stop and do a little mental check on things. 
It got me thinking about sustainability which in essence is about compassion - for nature, for society, for our future. But yet we don't hear this word enough when we talk of sustainability. Scustainability isn't such a roll off the tongue word either!
The main idea behind sustainable development is about balancing the long term, interdependent pillars of economic growth, environmental protection and social development. But all too often these days sustainable development tends to get compartmentalized as an environmental issue and not enough of the integrated 3D lens. 
But surely, like any...

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