1. Andrew Muir

    Andrew Muir
    Director, Wilderness Foundation. Described as an environmental activist, conservationist, and community leader, Andrew Muir has dedicated his life to conservation and social development. Andrew was mentored by conservation icon Dr Ian Player for 13 years, and took over his legacy in the management of the various organisations that Player had founded, including the world famous Wilderness Leadership School and Wilderness Foundation. As Director of the Wilderness Foundation, Andrew is involved in a number of projects dedicated to social and environmental sustainability including the South African–based Umzi Wethu programme which he founded in 2006. The programme targets vulnerable youth that show resilience and ambition, but despair of opportunities to support their households, and gives them the skills and training to become highly employable young adults. The programme saw Andrew honoured as an International Rolex Awards Laureate in 2008 as well as the South African Conservationist of the Year in 2007. He was also the winner of the 2011 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards Programme in the Social entrepreneur category. The award was won based on the large number of sustainable programmes that the Wilderness Foundation runs dedicated to social and environmental sustainability. Andrew has a Masters Degree in Environment and Development from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg and serves on a number of non-profit and conservation boards.

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    Balancing Economic Growth with True Sustainability

    I was privileged to attend the latest World Economic Forum, Africa meeting, which took place in May 2012, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    Are Renewables Sustainable?

    Most of us, myself included are committed to generating energy by sustainable and ‘clean’ means. However, I believe that there is a risk in blindly relying on green energies to bail us out.