It has been 72 years since mankind moved into the era of the Anthropocene, and yet COVID-19 and the ongoing environmental crisis show that human agents are far from the only actors with the power and potential to shape society.
Our injustices against the non-human world are producing complex and unpredictable feedback loops in which non-human forces (such as the climate or COVID-19) are increasingly interreacting catastrophically with human society.
Secretary-General António Guterres asserted that this current “moment in history” is characterised by “cascading challenges” including a climate emergency, uneven economic recovery, and the triple crisis of food, energy and debt, all exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
While they are the symptomatic consequences of our anthropological injustice, policymakers continue to implement short-term, patchwork reforms that fail to represent the interests of the greater public and disregard the root causes of our unsustainability. Global attention and resources continue to be diverted away from sustainability, with governments and corporations worldwide failing to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Now is the time for a new conversation, we need to recognise the imperatives raised by these crises and adjust our approach. We need to shift the paradigm, making sustainability sustainable both in times of stability, and crisis. This requires a holistic reimagining of the foundation of our economies, a rethinking of what we mean by prosperity/growth and an embracement of a citizen-led approach to environmental, social and economic policy to ensure that the voices of citizens, academics and politicians collaborate instead of competing.
This event will include a Panel Discussion, Q&A Session and Social with provided catering. It will explore the themes prefaced above and emphasise that we are the authors to this story, our injustices caused these challenges but by rethinking our relationship with the planet and our co-terrestrials we can end this cascading series of crises.
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