The Stockholm +50 event was an opportunity to take stock of the progress achieved in the 50 years since the 1972 Conference on the Environment, and to instigate serious reflection on today’s environmental crisis. But as the COP26 event highlighted, there remains a significant gap between the urgency of the challenges and the willingness of major powers to undertake the kind of radical action necessary to collectively shift towards more sustainable forms consumption.
Instead, most proposals by the world’s largest emitters remain framed by longstanding models of infinite growth, exploitative energy production, and a zealous belief that our survival will come by way of technological innovation. Current public discourse features limited and unimaginative propositions to tackle pollution, biodiversity loss, and the degradation of our natural environment—the triple planetary crisis that threatens humanity.
In the lead-up to the Stockholm +50 event, UNEP and UNU-CPR led a collaborative effort to capture, interrogate, and elevate alternative paradigms of the human/nature relationship, commissioning papers and views from widely diverse sources, and overlaying internal analysis.
- Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship Through a Kaleidoscope, Adam Day and David Passarelli
- Religion and the Environment, Iyad Abumoghli
- Navigating the Dynamics of People-Planet Relationships: A Social-Ecological Systems Perspective, Elena Bennett and Belinda Reyers
- Our Copernican Revolution: Climate Change and the Astrobiology of the Anthropocene, Adam Frank
- A New Political Economy for a Healthy Planet, Jason Hickel
- Environmental Ethics and Policy, Workineh Kelbessa
- Governing Prometheans in the Anthropocene: Three Proposals to Reform International Environmental Law, Louis J. Kotzé
- Socioterritorial Voices for Climate Justice: Protest and Resistance in the Andean Amazon, Maritza Paredes
- Why Climate Change Matters for Human Security, Janani Vivekananda
- Indigenous Philosophy and Intergenerational Justice, Krushil Watene
- From Reimagination to Action: Incentivizing Change, David Passarelli and Adam Day