About Tread Softly and Bill Gunyon

The Content

Tread Softly is an educational resource, offering over 100 short briefings on topics relevant to sustainable development and global justice. These focus especially on the world’s poorest countries, striving for social and economic equality, amidst the scramble for scarce and degraded natural resources.

You can access every briefing from the menu above (or the footer menu below). You can delve further by clicking on external links embedded in the briefings, watching the recommended video(s) or seeking out the source material listed.

The blog offers occasional personal commentary on these topics.

The Editor

My name is Bill Gunyon and I research and write this material. I worked for OneWorld in various capacities from 1999 until retiring in 2018.

The content of this site has some similarity to OneWorld Guides, an educational product that I produced between 2003 and 2012.

The Small Print and Money

Please be considerate and don’t publish material from this site without contacting me first:
bill  [a t]  treadsoftly.net

This is a non-commercial site published as an educational resource, for myself as well as visitors to the site. Any revenue from advertising, book sales and use of content are insignificant in relation to the cost of producing and publishing the material.

The Name

Tread Softly echoes the much-quoted lines of William Butler Yeats:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

I must concede that, far from being a cry for justice in an unequal world, The Wind Among The Reeds, from which these lines are taken, is normally experienced as a love poem. But it’s a long and difficult work, invoking Celtic mythology which has few claims to superficial interpretation, and will therefore suffice for our purpose.

Bill Gunyon
Winchester, UK

Tread Softly Topics
Climate Justice
Energy for All
Finance for Sustainable Development
Global Poverty
Human Rights
Sustainable Development Goals
Tropical Forests
Water Scarcity