Helen M Dalton

Helen M Dalton

Dr Helen M Dalton believes in furthering intercultural thinking, assisting students connect theory to the real-world environment, and encouraging participatory and inclusive development.

Location Victoria, Australia

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  • Hello Jamilla, that is a nuisance. I will try and find a solution for you. In the meantime you might find out more about the certificate process here https://futurelearn.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001303868
    You will be able to ask the future learn people what to do if the information is not sufficient. I will ask them too, regards, Helen

  • Hi Jamilla, if you would like to access a digital certificate you will find the information by going to Your Learning > Achievements in your Profile (top right corner). All the best, Helen

  • Hello everyone, some thought provoking arguments for how technology may be the way sustainability is achieved. Given that the pre pandemic, approach has failed so miserably in keeping in check the assault on the earth's resources, then perhaps a new world order will result from the rethinking required of manufacturing and technology? Here are a couple of...

  • @HughHarley Hi Hugh, the value of green space cannot be underestimated for the earth's health as well as recreation space for humans. Protecting the green spaces is becoming more important as climate change impacts the way they need to be managed. Many cities have protected parks and green zones from developers but the pressure is always on! Here in Victoria...

  • HI Rachelle, like you I remember that event clearly. I think it was probably the first time the west had seen what conditions were like in the factories that were setting up as companies moved manufacturing offshore in order to build profits. Workers in developed countries would not stand for less than optimal working conditions but companies realised there...

  • Hi John, coal is certainly a focus at the moment and policy around this, in all countries, is going to be the key. One thing out of COP26 is the expectation that wealthy countries contribute substantially to how alternatives are found and implemented. An interesting article from an Australian newspaper explored this. Deakin students can access this through the...

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    Hello there! Some great insights being posted - education seems to be important to many. Perhaps it is the one likely to lead to all other goals being achieved, eventually? Although, clean water should perhaps come first? Without that, staying healthy enough to learn could be a challenge. A role for all our engineers whilst the schools are being built and...

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    Hi everyone, have been reading the poll results. Very interesting and shows a diversity of priorities which is to be expected. I like the partnerships goal - in all my work and teaching I stress how important it is to build partnerships in advocacy, for funding applications, project design and evaluation and strategic planning. Without partners which think...

  • HI Imogen, you will find the work of Vandana Shiva very enlightening on this matter. She has for decades been highly critical of the way farming practices have been manipulated by the big chemical companies. See here for a bit about her work. She is highly respected by the Development community, holding us to the task of implementing GOOD change! Regards,...

  • Good work all on your efforts to understand and discuss this important concept. The Planetary Boundaries idea is one that draws us back to the idea of The Commons and that it is the responsibility of everyone who benefits from the earth's resources to safeguard these. One of our later readings is based on the The Tragedy of the Commons, conceptualised by...

  • Hello everyone, a great effort by those who have completed this first week. Thanks for all the stimulating posts. I know many of you have found it interesting and challenging and of course some of it rather confronting. Over the weekend and before you start Week 2, do read the newspapers and other media with an eye on how much attention is paid to...

  • Hi all, innovation is certainly going to be the key, as Imogen points out. A question is though can we achieve any goal without simultaneously addressing others? Many of you have highlighted your priority, for you and your community but does there need to be a world priority for sustainability of the earth itself? Sustainability of the human race,...

  • Hi Mera, it is intriguing and a challenging time to be considering priority goals for a sustainable future. Perhaps health is top of mind for most people around the world at the moment, but what a lot more needs to be in place for that to be attainable. Do we start with education? Clean water (always my preference!). Is hard to juggle needs in a crisis which...

  • Hi to those who've considered priorities so far - will be interesting to see what the top priority is when everyone has logged theirs. Although the problems are, to some extent, universal, each country will have a different set of problematic urgency and therefore priorities. Although of course there could be significant discussion around equality in general,...

  • Hello everyone, some very insightful comments , thank you. One thing we need to consider is how likely it is that current development goals (including the SDGs) will be relevant in our post pandemic world? That is assuming that there will come a post pandemic time. We may find that the new normal requires building in virus containment measures for all...

  • @PeterPhillips Hi Peter, yes, Australia's population is growing because we are fostering migration to meet demand in job vacancies. Interesting that there are simply not enough workers (taxpayers) to support the government's needs nor enough skilled workers for a number of fields. Much can be blamed on lack of support for skilled based learning...

  • Hi Sarah, it is not something those of us lucky enough to live in a country for which population growth is not putting extra strain on already limited resources have to think about. For those in countries that are experiencing climate change induced droughts and rising sea levels, feeding the population is becoming more of a critical and immediate problem. Not...

  • Hi Imogen , good point. Education offers ways of thinking about population size and its impacts on not only lives and families but on the environment itself. We'll talk soon about education within the SDG section. The results of universal education have been rewarding but now, the pandemic has played havoc with projected outcomes. Will be worth exploring what...

  • Yes Emily, some insightful thinking here. We need too to think about how development has many guises and many aims. It is a western construct and carries with it some ideas that do not necessarily sit well in other cultures. Is it possible for all cultures to move into the modernisation phases of development such as the rights of all to participate? To...

  • True John..in development terms we might look at fostering climate adaptation strategies whilst waiting for policy changes and results of commitments to targets....development could play a part in holding governments to account?? Regards, Helen

  • We have a lot to learn from Indigenous thinking - Jim Ife's work on this is enlightening. Helen

  • HI Steve, great point here about maintaining livelihoods to get what we need. In development terms that would mean what is needed to live a strong and healthy and fulfilled life in which one is able to participate in shaping the future. However, does the overconsumption focus of the global north support that or is there a blurring of what is needed with what...

  • HI Lei, can we do both - sustainable economic growth and protect the planet - that is the dilemma for many, all? countries, regards , Helen

  • Hi Emily, is easy to become less optimistic as we watch the promises for some sort of plan that will be put into place at sometime...........down the track but there are some good projects achieving change. During the course we'll look at who is achieving positive results .......it is up to all of us to keep the pressure on! regards, Helen

  • Hi Steve, perhaps the idea of Moral Development only arises after exposure of failure .............corporations are certainly being held more to account and shareholders are demanding better. This article is interesting - about green energy as a source of profit........does it matter the reason why it happens as long as it does happen? Hard question indeed!...

  • HI Constanza.......it does seem true that the market rules........we must push back! Helen

  • Hi Andrea, yes and there are moves in this direction. We discuss regenerative farming and reforestation and much else. All good ideas that need money behind them of course! Helen

  • Hi Wei, it is hard not to feel let down by the talk fests.......the task is to keep them to their promises! Helen

  • @SomanitTop Hi Somanit, good to have you with us for this interesting and challenging topic. It seems that Cambodia and countries in that region are experiencing much of the negative effects of not only climate change but urbanisation that impacts the environment and livelihoods so you will be able to explore some ways of addressing the challenges that lie...

  • Hi all, some interesting numbers around populations. Based on the numbers for your country, how sustainable is the rate of population growth do you think? Worth considering. Should that rate be sustained is perhaps more to the point? If so, what are the impacts on sustainable development? The concept of development applies to all countries in the UN Department...

  • Hi Ben, yes, whilst we've all been somewhat discomforted by delays in shipping of goods - farmers have told me that spare parts for machinery for impending harvest are in short supply and they are buying second hand machines to use for parts (! expensive).........it may result in countries having to become more self sufficient and decreasing freighting of...

  • Hi Ally, it would be great to think we might arrive at a point where all business sectors and individuals are working towards achieving the same goal of sustainable growth. I mention growth because that is an element of the current model of development. It, like much of the wider world, is centred on providing for, not only survival, but thriving populations....

  • @MERAMERA Hi Mera, one would think Australia will make some changes soon due to the obvious flaws in our current approach becoming rather public at COP26!!. Although a friend in the UK said Australia rarely rated a mention in the news over there, as usual, I guess. What is interesting though is that there are entrepreneurs who will take some risks and these...

  • Hi Costanza, will be good to swap examples of good practice along the way. We'll be discussing who is doing well and who is suffering from the actions of others, regards, helen

  • HI Yesy and it is something that we all need to consider - how we can help everyone understand the responsibility we all have to think globally. Is one thing to think about recycling our own rubbish in Australia each week when the bins are collected. What though of the big emissions our way of life cause that impact the lives of those on islands miles away?...

  • Hi George, certainly the talk is now making it impossible to ignore the need for change, for citizens to accept that they have to play a part. What cost are people likely to be prepared to wear? Not only financial cost but of lifestyle as well? Regards, Helen

  • HI Steve, certainly it has been suggested the planet has gained a breather whilst we've all been in lockdown. Did it cause the pandemic in order to create some breathing time, a lessening of footprints? The vibration of the earth's crust has slowed (www.ecowatch.com/coronavirus-earth-shaking-less ) and pollution of the air and seas has lessened. What a great...

  • Hi Holly, good to have you on board. You will be able to look very closely at these matters and choose a particular focus. It is often hard to have to choose one element of sustainable development over another but the tools you will learn to analyse will be very helpful for all manner of work scenarios! Regards, Helen

  • Hi Zhengyang, one of the topics we consider is how countries that are rapidly urbanising have to contend with doing so sustainably or risk, not only missing their sustainability targets but also risk the health of the population both human and animal. THere are many impacts from moving people out of rural areas and we will look closely at this and will be...

  • Hi Juan, business and industry are key players in guiding the way forward, Will be interested in your comments as we explore this, regards, Helen

  • HI Sajidah, there will be many examples of what can be done to improve both these .....will be interesting to hear your comments, regards, Helen

  • HI Yue, you will certainly have the opportunity to investigate how the construction industry is able to adopt sustainable practices. The stumbling block seems to be the economic factors that impact how profitable or not the industry is and is to remain. Those involved may have all manner of good intentions but shareholders are the ones who call the shots. What...

  • Hi Imogen, yes indeed, the idea of corporations being held accountable is so important. I've filed an article about Australia's top companies declaring to prioritise sustainability. Am hoping that the commitments will be honoured - will try and follow up. Stand by! The article was "Many of Australia’s top 150 companies claim they are prioritising...

  • Hi Emily, great point here about solution finding. Certainly those facing the direct impacts, such as the islands facing inundation, know what is needed. Is it too late or could there be solutions that could be, should be, funded immediately? The commitments are fine regarding what each developed country will do or promises to do but there needs to be money,...

  • Hi Peter, great point you make here about the expectations of the Global North (the Developed countries), that of asking others to forgo what the west enjoyed. The only way is perhaps for the west to fund the appropriate tools for sustainable and positive growth. The over-consumption of the west and the rising middle class around the world has been stated as a...

  • Hi Jamilla, a great point to make. There are a couple of international institutions that were set up for what you suggest. However the World Bank’s current approach of lending money for projects via the poverty reduction strategy papers (PRSPs) puts the decision making in the hands of the government of the day. This resulted from pressure to move away from the...

  • Hi all, some interesting ideas here that I'll follow up on ...One thing that concerns many of us at the moment is the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic. Not only on current conditions but the future and the welfare of generations to come. You might like to look here at what is happening in your country or a country which is of interest or importance to...

  • Thanks all here for some forward thinking on these matters. It seems that for each positive in reducing harm to the environment and building a more sustainable future, there are likely repercussions for a group (community or nation) in terms of economic loss. How can we, as development practitioners, balance the often competing interests? One question to...

  • Hello there, some great development visions. You have highlighted some ideal versions of development and if we agree that development is about good change for all, not simply those who are able to engage and hold some form of power, then elements of the material life and the cultural life need to be addressed to include a better life for all. Perhaps a life...

  • Hi Gail, good to have you on board. There is much that we could and should all do regarding positive contributions .........we need to be mindful of having choices and remember these in amongst all the hurly burly of day to day living!! ? The SDGs are a set of ideas that help shape the aims of governments and include concepts that could require a shift of...

  • Hi Tayla, do you think perhaps the earth has told us what it needs? A reset? One has to question the timing of the pandemic ...........slow down, stop travelling, think about what is meaningful .........looking at how clean the air became when so much stopped perhaps the message had to be put in front of us? Many people say they have taken a new and different...

  • Hi Ben, some thought about impacts is so important and your industry would consider these ............We do though need to get all tourism people on board too and ensure that post-pandemic tourism is more environmentally sustainable. Perhaps the pandemic has been a way of causing a rethink? regards, Helen

  • HI Jamilla, certainly we will be looking at the economic matters because without the market getting behind any innovations or change there will not be enough motivation or support. Unfortunately the market rules! As much as we might like to think otherwise, the market is the way the world works and so it is where the idea of partnerships for action can be most...

  • Hi Becky, this will give you a great overview of a very complicated and multi faceted topic. You might use this time to think of what issue you might focus on when you get underway with your degree, regards, Helen

  • @HeshamAlbakry Hisham, not sure what you mean here? We'll be posting up lots of tips along the way, regards, Helen

  • @EmilyCannell Hi Emily, there are a number of good readings that will point you in the direction of sustainable practice at both the local and global level. The hard thing is knowing where to focus one's attention .......certainly Europe has its own set of constraints and I wonder if the UK, having exited the EU, is feeling more in control of how it tackles...

  • Hi Hisham, you will find many of the discussions will prompt new ideas and new ways of tackling the problem of how to create change - will be good to discuss what's going on in Egypt in this matter of sustainability? We'll be helping you towards a certificate along the way, regards, Helen

  • Hi Yilin, you will have many opportunities to look at these matters in some depth. Where though should we focus, as individuals, do you think? There is a saying "Think globally, act locally" ............perhaps that is a good start? Regards, Helen

  • Hi Sofiane, you raise a good point regarding individuals........certainly unless individuals act then governments and businesses are unlikely to do so ..........we individuals need to keep the pressure on them to justify their activities. Regards, Helen

  • Hi Bell, certainly the Humanitarian responses that are required should consider sustainability and there are many examples of where this has occurred and it is heartening to know that this is in place. The UN are quite committed to this approach and given the urgency that often surrounds the need for humanitarian action is to be commended. This is something...

  • Hi Sarah, getting that balance right is the key would you suggest? Maybe we need to rethink what development means, brings, offers? We'll be talking about what development is and should be and that there are ways it can be sustainable, with commitment and purpose. It seems that for each positive in reducing harm to the environment and building a more...

  • Hi Rachelle, there is certainly a BIG role for development and development practitioners in any environmental or sustainability action. We'll need to discuss what is appropriate development too.........industrialisation, seen as one way for countries to develop has certainly brought its own set of problems. How we can work around this is something we'll tackle...