Chagos and UNESCO

The Third German Empire sought to ethnically cleanse its homeland, rule its neighbours through vassal governments and plunder the world to enrich its Nazi elite. Why? Because it was God's will for His chosen people? No, that was propaganda to recruit an army and justify genocide. The real reasons were avarice and vanity – the Nazi elite were not satisfied with what they already had, like a cancer in the body of humanity. And they were not alone. Of course, some empires are more ethical than others and exterminating alien peoples can be substituted with racial apartheid or merely discrimination.

Chagos and UNESCO - The Last, Best Hope?

The Third German Empire sought to ethnically cleanse its homeland, rule its neighbours through vassal governments and plunder the world to enrich its Nazi elite. Why? Because it was God's will for His chosen people? No, that was propaganda to recruit an army and justify genocide. The real reasons were avarice and vanity – the Nazi elite were not satisfied with what they already had, like a cancer in the body of humanity. And they were not alone. Of course, some empires are more ethical than others and exterminating alien peoples can be substituted with racial apartheid or merely discrimination.

Sustainable Buildings?

There is no such thing as a sustainable building. A building is a part of a community, of a planet. We as a community need to adopt more sustainable ways of living. Only then will our buildings reflect how sustainable we are. However, there are definitely buildings that make a better use of natural resources than others. Building for a sustainable community is about making decisions to fulfil our needs and desires, while optimizing our use of natural resources.

Kreol in Schools

Submission from “We Love Mauritius” (WeLuvMu) at the request of the Ministry of Education on the subject of:

The Introduction of Kreol Language in Schools

We Love Mauritius” is a charitable Mauritian NGO, operating, amongst others, in the field of human rights. We have responded to the invitation to submit views on the introduction of Kreol in schools by organising a virtual focus group to canvas the views of our members who are interested in the subject. We highlight the opinions that were expressed and then move on to a detailed analysis of the issues involved that attempts both to encompass and reflect these opinions and also shed new light on the debate.

Green Buildings

Green buildings are part of a global response to increasing awareness of the role of human activity in causing global climate change. Buildings account for more than 40% of all global carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main culprits implicated in the phenomenon of global warming. Many observers predict that half of the new buildings over the next three decades will occur in China alone, some 220 billion square feet of new space for residential, commercial and industrial uses. Without a focus on energy-efficient and green buildings, we have no chance for tackling global climate change.

The Chagos Issue

While the debate about what to do with the Chagos archipelago and its former population continues to rage, there are a few points about which all parties agree:

  • The British behaved shamefully, if not illegally, in depopulating the islands at the request of the Americans.
  • The archipelago is rightfully part of the Republic of Mauritius and will be restored to Mauritius when the British no longer have need of it for “defensive purposes”.
  • The Chagossians deserve full compensation for the wrongs they have suffered.

Why are environmentalists welcoming the declaration of the waters around the archipelago as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) and how might this provide the key to the long term solution?

A Beginner's Guide to CSR

Mauritius is the first country in the world to require businesses to donate a portion of their profits to NGOs or government projects in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). So what is behind this innovative legislation and what might be its consequences? To answer these questions, let us lay aside our preconceived ideas about CSR and explore the concept from first principles by comparing good businesses with good people.

Tourism Strategy

In 2009, We Love Mauritius posed a number of questions to Xavier Duval, then Minister of Tourism and Leisure, about his strategy for the sector. Our purpose was to ascertain its compatibility with the Prime Minister's vision of Maurice Ile Durable. He delegated the Ministry's response to Sunil Kowlessur, Principle Tourism Planner. Here is what he had to say along with our assessments.