Editorial

The Blue Planet is a multi-disciplinary magazine published by ACSDRI – Knowledge Press a publishing unit of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Development Research & Innovation (ACSDRI) – A Research Foundation
The magazine has both print (ISSN: 2652-7995) and online (ISSN: 2652-7987) versions. The magazine welcomes scholarly contributions in the form of articles and reports from both academics and professionals.
The magazine accepts topic related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), green innovation relating to SDG, the circular economy, public policy, green project, management, environmental science, and any other related topics. The objective of this magazine is to disseminate knowledge and to propagate dialogue on the sustainability agenda to a mass audience.
In this edition, the magazine has eleven chapters covering a range of topics that contribute to the sustainable development agenda. The cover story introduces conceptual understanding of carbon accounting and sustainable finance. The article highlights that sustainable investment has grown by 55% between 2016 and 2020. Globally the cumulative value of sustainable investment is about $35.3 trillion in 2020.
The article by Lotti Fraser and Duncan Power educates readers about how the multi-dimensional approach of Dana Asia helping marginal communities in the Philippines to fight poverty and plastic waste. Dr Ritu Bhati’s action research grounded on the objectives of SDG-7, and provides a model on how to educate youth about energy conservation with an aim to bring about behavioural change among the younger generation.
Dr Jacob Deem provides insightful understanding of the power dynamic between government, citizen, and business, thereby educating on the level of freedoms and rights one can enjoy in a modern democracy. The collective authorship of Tarique Faiyaz, Dr Tari Vinaya Satyawan Savitri and Nabeela Siddiqui presents how India’s National Green Tribunal made a legal intervention to curb the menace of pollution of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna.
Attaining holistic sustainability is an aspiration of all communities of the world. Dr Kuntal Goswami, Dr Kazi Islam, and Winton Evers jointly provide insightful comparisons of all major contemporary sustainability frameworks and highlight the extent of sustainability practices among major organisations across the world. Dr Steve Andrew explains how the “Lost Island Project” of Envirotech Education is empowering the Moreton Bay Island community to take environmental initiative into their own hands and create an accredited local environmental workforce
Subhomoy Bandyopadhyay presents a case study showing how a multi-national organisation’s sustainable procurement objective is motivating its vendors to integrate and implement sustainability practices in its decision-making process and operation. In the article, Biofuels – The Renewable Energy Sector’s Sleeping Giant Andrew Ly argues that biofuels are generally made relatively easily from waste or by-products, thereby eliminating the need for ecosystem-destruction due to open-cast mining or drilling kilometres into the Earth’s crust for oil.
Mark Parnell, the ex-Green Senator of South Australia provides his reflection as a retired environmental lawyer and member of parliament, on the erosion of public participation rights.
The final chapter is a photo-infographic series complementary to ACSDRI’s #biodiversitymatters campaign. In this edition, the theme highlights the interlinkage between climate change and biodiversity loss
The magazine also illustrates nature photography to promote LOVE for NATURE. In 2022, ACSDRI conducted the #biodiversity matters Nature photography contest, in association with VIBGYOR and GECCI. In addition, some generous photographers also gifted, or the magazine acquired high quality nature photography.

The contributors of the I LOVE NATURE – Photography Series are as follows:

  • Mark Freed.

  • Alankar Chandra.

  • Umar Belo Galadima.

  • Enam Elahe Mullick.

  • Mark Parnell.

  • Sateja Rajwade.

  • Dr. Veena Sagar.

  • Vinod Shalivahana.

  • Jayesh Bhanushali.

  • Arvind Ahir.

  • Jayesh Bhanushali.

  • Bhaskar Nand.

  • Rupesh Chindarkar.

  • Ketan Talati.

  • Srinivas Mallela.

  • Sourav Mahant.

  • Sagar Shinde.

  • Ashok Manjanath.

  • S.V.S Rao.

  • Devi Prasad Rao.

  • Kakuloor Rohith Sai Goud.

  • Ashish Makani

  • Ashok Manjanath.

  • Rupam Bose.

  • Nivetha R. S.

  • Dr Steve Andrews.

  • Ravindranath Srinath Amingad.

  • Dr Kuntal Goswami.

  • Sivarajan S.

  • Hamukuwa Daisy

We also take this opportunity to thank Mr Indranil Mukherjee from VIBGYOR – Photography & Videography (www.infovibgyor.com) and Abdul Hamid Tahir Hamid from GECCI – for their support and contribution. ACSDRI would also like to thank and acknowledge Kishan Chaniyara, BITNET Infotech and Arjun Toñacao, for the graphic design of this magazine.
Contact: BITNET Infotech, www.bitnetinfotech.com , Arjun Tonacao: tonacaoarjun. myportfolio.com/

Co-editors of the magazine:

  • Dr. Alison-Jane Hunter.

  • Dr Kuntal Goswami.

For future publications and collaboration, please contact:
Dr. Kuntal Goswami -Founder of ACSDRI & Co-editor of The Blue Planet – Magazine
Registered Climate Active Consultant IPA – Certified IPA Public Accountant Registered Tax Accountant & ASIC Agent.
A Joint PhD (Australian National University-Charles Darwin University), Australia
E-mail: [email protected];
M: +61401646872 www.acsdri.com;
acsdri-knowledge-press
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CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH & INNOVATION

About us
The Australian Centre for Sustainable Development Research Innovation (ACSDRI) is a not-for-profit research foundation with a key objective to promote research and education focusing on seventeen global Sustainable Development Goals.

OUR MISSION

To advocate for how to live within the ecological limits of this BLUE PLANET – Our ONLY Home.
We publish research articles, books, and scholarly articles in our multi-disciplinary magazine–THE BLUE PLANET.
Our ongoing flagship campaign #biodiversitymatters raises awareness to protect, conserve and enhance the natural environment.
We also regularly conduct research seminars and conferences on various sustainability topics to promote ecologically sustainable development values and principles.

Key highlights of our activities in 2022

  • Publication of the book - The idden Successes of Three Sustainability Policies Evidence from Three Australian States. Published by ACSDRI- Knowledge Press. visit: https://acsdri. com/ the-hidden- successes-of-three-sustainability-policies/

  • Conducted the #biodiversitymatters Nature Photography Contest in association with VIBGYOR and GECCI.

  • We have conducted a public seminar, titled “Green Innovation & Sustainable Business Model- Pathway to Sustainable Development Goals”, in association with EcoProfit, the Conservation Council SA, Carbon Neutral Adelaide and Accounting & Business Care.

Learning from 2022 Annual Seminar

Topic: Green Innovation & Sustainable Business Model-Pathway to Sustainable Development Goals

In the seminar Darren Lutze, CEO of Inconmat (www.inconmat.com.au) showcased INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY in the construction and infrastructure industry. He mentioned that corrosion of steel reinforcement is one of the biggest problems in the construction industry.
It is estimated that Australia incurs about AU$ 13 billion per year to repair or replace existing infrastructure due to corrosion of steel reinforcement.

Darren Lutze

The risk of corrosion is likely to be aggravated further due to climate change.
Darren Lutze educated the audience about Fibe Reinfored Polymer (FRP) Bars and Geopolymer Concrete, which are a couple of innovations in the construction and infrastructure industry.
Glimpses of the seminar
We also had a four-member panel discussion on Green Innovation Sustainable Business Model moderated by Matthew Wright-Simon. The panel members were Allys Todd (ValAi www.valai.com.au), Fiona Hancock (EY www.ey.com), Jacob Pickering (Bourkehood www. bourkehood.com ), and Associate Professor Ashish Malik (University of Newcastle www. newcastle.edu.au).

All panel members put forward their intellectual arguments on how we can advance the Green Innovation & Sustainable Business Model – Pathway to Sustainable Development Goals.

Glimpses of the Seminar

Allys Todd advocated to encourage the spirit of start-up and innovators because they are self-motivated, nimble, flexible, new, lacks the burden of experience, and, most importantly, are not averse to risk and failure. Hence, large corporates need to support multiple start-ups and innovators to create an ecosystem of green innovators.
Fiona Hancock highlighted the lack of policy certainty in the area of sustainability over the past decade or so. She mentioned that there is a need for more finance options to fund the sustainability agenda. Fiona also urged more transparency, disclosure, and standardisation of sustainability reporting frameworks.
Jacob Pickering explained about innovation funding and tax incentive for R & D. Jacob elaborated on what constitutes R & D. It is not necessarily one needs to build a spacecraft or to invent a new drug to constitute R & D. It can be as simple as a company creating a new way to handle their waste products, or a new way to save costs. R & D incentive is designed to help businesses to undertake this challenging work.
Associate Professor Ashish Malik educated the audience on how to bring about “Societal policy change” in general and in the context of how to move away from

Alls Todd

Jacob Pickering

Fiona Hancock

the business-as-usual situation towards sustainability. Assoc. Prof. Ashish mentioned that, in general, we need to address three key stakeholders to bring about any societal change academia, industry, and government – which make a triple helix structure.
We also need to figure out how to make these three stakeholders work together. The issue is often these stakeholders cannot decode each other’s communication.
As a solution, Assoc. Prof Malik elaborated about a theoretical term called the “Quadruple Helix”, which means creating a community of practice or facilitators. These fourth-dimension groups can engage with the community to create a network and a sense of trust so that people can work together.

The full video can be accessed from the link below

Associate Professor Ashish Malik

Panel Discussion Moderator:

Matthew Wright-Simon

We also had the opportunity to listen to Councillor Franz Knoll,City of Adelaide and Craig Wilkins, Conservation Council of South Australia,Mark Parnell, Ex-Senator of Parliament of South Australia, and Winton Evers, EcoProfit.

Councillor Franz Knoll

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Craig Wilkins

Winton Evers

Dr. Kuntal Goswami

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