Building up an ecologically sustainable and socially desirable post-COVID-19 future
Duflot, R., Baumeister, S., Burgas, D., Eyvindson, K., Triviño, M., Blattert, C., Kuparinen, A., & Potterf, M. (2021). Building up an ecologically sustainable and socially desirable post-COVID-19 future. Sustainability Science, 16(4), 1397-1403. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-021-00940-z
Published inSustainability Science
DisciplineAkvaattiset tieteetEkologia ja evoluutiobiologiaResurssiviisausyhteisöYritysten ympäristöjohtaminenVastuullinen liiketoiminta (painoala)Sustainable BusinessAquatic SciencesEcology and Evolutionary BiologySchool of Resource WisdomCorporate Environmental ManagementResponsible Business (focus area)Sustainable Business
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COVID-19 crisis has emphasized how poorly prepared humanity is to cope with global disasters. However, this crisis also offers a unique opportunity to move towards a more sustainable and equitable future. Here, we identify the underlying environmental, social, and economic chronic causes of the COVID-19 crisis. We argue in favour of a holistic view to initiate a socio-economic transition to improve the prospects for global sustainability and human well-being. Alternative approaches to “Business-As-Usual” for guiding the transition are already available for implementation. Yet, to ensure a successful and just transition, we need to change our priorities towards environmental integrity and well-being. This necessarily means environmental justice, a different worldview and a closer relationship with nature.
Anthropocene biodiversity loss climate change degrowth environmental justice environmental policy sustainability well-being antroposeeni hyvinvointi ympäristöpolitiikka ilmastonmuutokset biodiversiteetti COVID-19 maailmanlaajuiset ongelmat sosiaalinen oikeudenmukaisuus sosiaalinen kestävyys ekologinen kestävyys kestävä kehitys
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland; European Commission
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
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Additional information about fundingRD and MT were supported by the Kone Foundation. MP was supported by Biodiversa (project: BioESSHealth—Scenarios for biodiversity and ecosystem services acknowledging health), and CB by Forest Values (project MultiForest—Management for multifunctionality in European forests in the era of bioeconomy), and AK by the Academy of Finland (project Grant 317495), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC; Discovery Grant) and the European Research Council (COMPLEX-FISH 770884). Open access funding provided by University of Jyväskylä (JYU). ...
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