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Do we need a Sponge?

NCE is out of touch. Whilst claims of sustainable development, low carbon and improved health and safety abound, the majority of your pages are devoted to more runways and expansion of the road network.

Surely engineers can see that these solutions are not sustainable?

Sustainable development is about enabling people to live more sustainable lifestyles. It's not just about exciting 'green' engineering solutions, but about working with other professions to find answers that enable society to be more sustainable.

Sponge is a network of nearly 3,000 young people who work together to share ideas and develop approaches to sustainable development.

It was started eight years ago as young people felt their views about sustainable development were not being heard by the engineering profession. It's good to see that Sponge is still needed.

JON REED (M), director, Sponge, jon@spongenet.org

Editor's note: Surely it's a bad thing that organisations like Sponge are still needed. Yes, we could of course always do more but I'd say that highlighting "exciting 'green' engineering solutions," are a good place to start helping engineers understand sustainable design concepts.

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