Unprecedented events have thrust us to re-examine how we live – questioning how we can emerge as a healthy, resilient and prosperous society. COVID-19 leads us to question not only healthcare systems, but all the interlinked systems that meet our daily needs and enable us to pursue our aspirations. In a world stretched thin for resources and under threat from global health concerns, biodiversity loss and climate change, our living and lifestyle decisions will (collectively) determine our future. The importance of behavioral change and switching to more sustainable lifestyles are highlighted in several of the SCP national action planes developed under SwitchMed I.
Webinar Series: Sustainable Living 1.5 – Empowering people to live better and lighter. SwitchMed therefore would like to introduce you to this webinar series to shape and inform the dialogue on people centric approaches in a COVID19 context. This series of information session is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in tandem with the One Planet Network and partners like Hot or Cool.
The series will inspire participants to drive change, highlight operational forward pathways for more sustainable living, underscore lifestyle features within the Sustainable Development Goals and provide evidence and communication messages for targeted communities of practice. It will run during 3rd and 4th quarters of 2020. The first four webinars are available online:
23 June – Getting Serious about Living: 1.5-degree lifestyles and opportunities from visionaries in a post COVID world. Provides insights on sustainable living in a COVID-19 context & introduces the broader webinar series “Sustainable Living 1.5: Empowering people to live better and lighter”.
7 July – There’s no place like home: Cities making sustainable living a reality. Envision what you can do to initiate change in your neighbourhood and hear the experience from people who co-created more liveable cities with their governments.
12 August – Keeping Fashion close to home for better and lighter living. Learn about fiber systems and how healthy regional textile economies can avoid polluting air, land, or water systems. Speakers will cover: sustainability challenges and new business models that close textiles loops, enhance jobs and community.
25 August – Dispelling myths on sustainability and people: If it’s the right thing to do why isn’t it. Debunking myths on the sustainability/development tradeoff and how to effectively engage people. Speakers cover: how to motivate people for sustainability; global consumer trends and local realities; youth activists and new policy wild cards.
Coming Sessions: updates on upcoming webinars can be found here.
For detailed information please download the factsheets here:
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