Vikas Vij

Vikas Vij
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.

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6 years 7 months ago

The growing disconnect between the masses and the rich and powerful class of Americans has come to the fore with the labor protests that have sparked off in Wisconsin. The shocking plans of the state to strip the public sector unions of most of their collective bargaining rights, have brought out the deep-seated dissatisfaction of common Americans against the economic policies of the country. The Wisconsin plan has also inspired other states to adopt similar measures to promote the cause of the employers rather than the employees.

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6 years 7 months ago

China is working hard to change its image as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and one of the most polluted nations on this planet. The country has been escalating its investments in the areas of green energy production year after year. The Chinese green crusade appears to be motivated not so much by its concerns about climate change, but by its desire to consolidate its national energy security.

If one looks beyond the smokescreen of black soot that rises from China’s coal factories, there are gigantic investments being...


6 years 8 months ago

Colonel Moammar Gaddafi’s single-handed control of Libya has resulted in serious environmental repercussions for Africa and Middle East. At first it was his gigantic multi-billion dollar project of building a Great Manmade River that has led to severe economic and environmental costs for the region as a whole. Many global analysts have termed that project as Gaddafi’s “monument to vanity” that does not make sense in a country which is 95 percent desert according to the UNDP.

Now Col. Gaddafi has launched another massive agricultural project that...


6 years 8 months ago

(Dan Vogel, CEO of Enablon, will be speaking at the Integrated Reporting and Measuring Sustainability Conference on March 25th in London. To find out more about the conference, go to:http://www.justmeans.com/pages/IntegratedReporting)

Enablon, renowned for its cutting-edge software suite for global Energy and Carbon management, has...


6 years 8 months ago

The leading UK house builder, Morris Homes, has received approval to build the country’s largest development of zero carbon homes. The environmental planners of Peterborough City Council in the UK have given the green signal to the company to go ahead with this eco-friendly project. Sustainable architecture specialist Browne Smith Baker and Landscape architect Barnes Walker are the creative minds behind this 295-home development. The homes will be constructed to level 6 of the “Code for Sustainable Homes” which is the technical guidance from the UK government to...


6 years 8 months ago

President Obama’s recent announcement of a $53 billion high-speed rail plan for the American people reflects a planet-friendly vision for the future. The ambitious plan aims to provide 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail over the next two and a half decades. The plan accords an equal priority to high-speed rail development along with other surface transportation programs. The plan will be implemented in phases, with the first six-year phase being allocated an investment of $8 billion in the president’s forthcoming budget proposal.

The...


6 years 8 months ago

Be thoughtful this Valentine’s Day and buy an environment-friendly gift for your beloved. This subtle and caring gift may earn you more admiration from your loved one than any showy or fancy purchase.

A Recycled Card or an E-Card

Choose a creative card that is made from recycled paper or non-tree materials. The back of the card will mention if it is made in an environment-friendly way, or if the proceeds will go to a voluntary organization. Alternatively, you can send an e-Card or even make a hand-made card...


6 years 8 months ago

IBM has been named as a sustainable technology leader in a recent report titled “Green Quadrant: Sustainable Technology Services 2011”. The report, released by the London-based sustainable business analyst firm Verdantrix, evaluates 15 global IT services companies on 49 assessment parameters. The study analysed the IT service delivery capabilities of companies to build energy efficiency, utilize renewable energy resources, develop intelligent transport such as electric vehicles, and software development for energy management and climate change...


6 years 8 months ago

The United Nations officially launched the International Year of Forests 2011 on 2 February, 2011. The opening ceremony at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York City also marked the release of FAO’s new State of the World’s Forests report. The report highlights the critical role of forests in meeting environmental challenges and the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development as a whole.

The report brings into focus the needs of millions of people whose livelihoods depend on forests and who play a crucial role in...


6 years 8 months ago

The call for democratic change in Egypt should be viewed more as an opportunity than a threat. After centuries of suffering repression, apartheid and dictatorial regimes, the winds of change are at last blowing in the right direction through the African continent. The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa was a harbinger of this change. The Egyptian uprising is a reflection of the revival of African hope, pride and aspiration.

There has recently been a credible and peaceful referendum process in Sudan, which is an exemplary case...


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