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The Blue Planet – Sustainability Magazine (2021 Edition)

The Blue Planet – Sustainability Magazine (2021 Edition)

The Blue Planet is a multi-disciplinary sustainability magazine published by the Australian Centre for Sustainable Development Research & Innovation (ACSDRI) (www. ACSDRI is a research organization. 

Since 2018, both organizations have been undertaking various research projects based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 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 topics related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), innovation relating to SDGs, public policy, project showcase, management, environmental science, and other related topics. 

This magazine aims to disseminate knowledge and propagate dialogue on the sustainability agenda to a mass audience. In this edition, the cover story presents the status of our collective progress towards global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The article highlights that, since 2015, SDG-1 (No Poverty), SDG-9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure); and SDG-11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) have progressed most rapidly.

The article by Min Seto explains Social Value Measurement (SVM) as a concept and educates readers on practical approaches to SVM. Dr Kirti Singh illustrates the geological relevance of the Himalayas and showcases the selfless contribution of the Little Green World (LGW) – a voluntary group – and their contribution to protecting the fragile ecosystem of the Ladakh region in India. 

Ryan Cook, a sustainability specialist from the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, explains aspects of responsible investment. Dr. Tari Vinaya Satyawan Savitri is an environmentalist. In her article, she outlines the harmful effects of chemical pesticides and advocates for sustainable pest management with some examples. 

If we live in one of the world’s wealthiest countries, does that mean we are happy? To answer that, we must look beyond GDP. Assistant Prof. Shashank Vikram Pratap Singh compares counties with the highest GDP and countries ranked high in the World’s Happiest Country index. 

In the academic world, we all need to publish in scholarly journals. However, publication is a challenging job. Hence, Dr Alison-Jane Hunter provides guidance on the need to publish, how to publish, how to edit, and many more tips. Climate change is one of our time’s most important global sustainability agendas. Emma Florence highlights the need for quality climate change risk disclosure by corporations. Major Namrata Dhasmana highlights the uniqueness of the Unicorn leadership style. 

Dr Sumesh Nair explains the ethical issue of food waste and provides remedies. Besides climate change, biodiversity loss is one of the most alarming issues on the agenda. Creeping development, animal poaching, and trafficking lead to biodiversity loss. Loss of biodiversity can collapse our ecosystem and food security. The sustainability agenda has an emotional aspect, and visualization has an emotional impact. Hence, we have started the #biodiversitymatters campaign to promote awareness of biodiversity loss. Through nature photography, we intend to appeal to protect biodiversity emotionally.

In the last section, the magazine illustrates nature photography as contributed by various photographers and highlights facts and figures relating to biodiversity. The generous contributions of the following photographers helped us accomplish our objective. 

The contributors to the I LOVE NATURE – Photography Series. » Alankar Chandra. » Nagraj D. N. » Dr. Devi Prasad Rao. » Sivarajan S. » Anuj Mukherjee. » Jack Foo. » Mohamed Mazher Y. » Elahe Mullick. » Rupam Bose. » Anirban Dasgupta. » Pronoma Mukherjee. » Ketan Talati. » Dibakar Roy. » Prasad Dalvi. » Subramanya Muralldhara. » Prashant Pawar. » Roshan Lal. » Tanisha Sapru. » Chidmbar Javoor. » Prateek Agarwal. » Bhaskar Nandi. » Deviprasad Rao. » Ratnadeep Khan. » Dr. Veena Sagar. » Art Work by Piyali Chakrabarti. We also take this opportunity to thank Mr Indranil Mukherjee from VIBGYOR – Photography & Videography ( – for his support and contribution. 

We also thank Dr Alison-Jane Hunter, the Co-editor of the magazine. 

The Blue Planet