Global examples of a thriving sustainable social-ecological future published
There is no lack of stories that document climate change, biodiversity loss, inequality and other examples of unsustainable development around the world. Efforts to envision what better futures could actually look like seldom receive the same attention. The "Bright Spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene" project is trying to do that. This is a suite of research activities that aim to solicit, explore, and develop a suite of alternative, plausible visions of “Good Anthropocenes” – positive visions of futures that are socially and ecologically desirable, just, and sustainable. The project has brought together researchers from Canada, South Africa, US, UK, the Netherlands, Brazil, Germany and China. Future Earth has funded several workshops, and several of its core global projects are invovled, such as PECS, ecoSERVICES, GLP and ESG.
The project has just published an article entitled “Bright spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene” in the October issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. In total, the team has analysed 100 of the more than 500 projects that have been contributed to goodanthropocenes.net, the website that has been created for the project. These seeds of a good Anthropocene range from projects designed to create healthier school lunches in California to biodiversity conservation in South Africa, and forest conservation in Scotland.
PECS - Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society
Stockholm Resilience Centre
SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Visiting address: Kräftriket 2
+46 734 60 70 68 firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS PECS
The Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a new initiative jointly sponsored by ICSU and UNESCO. It aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological system and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.