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John Robinson: Normalizing Sustainability: beyond behaviour change

2:00 PM, Thursday 27 May 2021 EDT (1 hour 15 minutes)
Typical arguments for why we have not yet come close to achieving our climate and sustainability goals have to do with the power of vested interests, resistance to change, and ignorance of the true state of affairs. This presentation explores three other possible reasons (reliance on baseline thinking; a lack of attention to development pathways, and a focus on individual conscious choice) and suggests alternative approaches to all three. The paper concludes that rather than trying to change individual behaviours, we should focus on steering change to normalize sustainability, making it the default, not the change.
University of Toronto
Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy & Professor, School of the Environment
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