Sustainability for Whom?

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Global sustainability cannot be realised without achieving sustainability for the most vulnerable and underrepresented communities. These are the low-income and middle-income countries, as well as those increasingly left behind in high-income countries.

Yet the framing of sustainability, investment in innovation, and academic analysis has been dominated by processes that give relatively little regard to and participation from these communities, even when they are about them. This bias matters, because decisions on sustainability include important trade-offs and processes that lack inclusivity and diversity miss many opportunities arising from the different social, cultural and demographic attributes.

This panel on Sustainability for Whom? was part of the Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress 2021, and included a moderated discussion and live audience Q&A.

Click this link to watch the conversation.


Yolanda Kakabadse – Former Minister of Environment, Ecuador

M. Sanjayan – CEO, Conservation International

Winona LaDuke – Environmentalist and political activist

Tolullah Oni – Joint lead of the Global Diet and Activity Research Group, University of Cambridge; Honorary Associate Professor, University of Cape Town (UCT); Founder & Principal of UrbanBetter | Oni et al.


Éliane Ubalijoro – Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age and the Global Hub Director in Canada for Future Earth

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