UWTSD’s Carmarthen Business School hosts a special ‘One Planet Living’ lecture


UWTSD’s Carmarthen Business School was delighted to host a special lecture by author and Journalist David Thorpe on the University’s Carmarthen campus this month. 

David Thorpe Lecture 1

The talk looked in particular at the challenge of living within planetary boundaries and how Wales is dealing with these issues. David also concentrated on some of the research for his next book which looks in particular at one planet cities.  Following the lecture, entitled “Living within planetary limits”, David Thorpe said: 

“How do we measure whether development is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs? How do we know it's even possible? Wales is leading the way in sustainable governance in order to answer these questions. Spearheading this approach is One Planet Development. I believe we're on a crucial journey to discover whether One Planet Development can be applied at scale and what it would be like. This is an exciting real-world experiment and I hope more people can get involved.”

I’d like to thank the Carmarthen Business School for the invitation to be here today.  We certainly had a positive and interesting discussion and it was wonderful to see that the students were so engaged with the topic.


David Thorpe Lecture 2

Programme Director for BA Business Management on UWTSD’s Carmarthen Campus is Dr Louise Emanuel.  She added:

It was wonderful to have David Thorpe visit the Carmarthen Business School today.  David is a valued author, journalist and inspirational speaker in the fields of ‘one planet’ living, low carbon energy and energy efficiency which are so important to us as a school and to the University as a whole.  It was a fantastic opportunity for our students and guests to hear more about David’s important work over the years and of course to offer their own views on the subject.   

We’d like to thank David for his contribution and I know that our students have benefited greatly from hearing his ideas and vision here today.”

Note to Editor

David Thorpe is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter and the winner of a Harper Collins contest to find a major new children’s writer.  An expert on sustainability matters he is also the founder of the One Planet Council and the author of several books on sustainability, including Energy Management in Buildings, Energy Management in Industry, Solar Technology and Sustainable Home Refurbishment.  In 2015, one of his most prominent books, The One Planet Life, was published and was billed as a successor to John Seymour's 'Self Sufficiency'.  This book in particular comprehensively and practically tells people how to reduce their impact upon the environment, but at the same time, it is an appeal for governments and planners to have a new attitude to development, planning and land management and to consider the full environmental impact of human activities. 

For further information on David's work please visit: theoneplanetlife.com 

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