Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (aka "Agenda 2030") revised the previous Millennium Development Goals, offering an integrated suite of principles for sustainable societies, ecologies, and livelihoods
All too often, the transformative Sustainable Development Goals are reduced to marketing products or research proposals, or "smart cities" as solutions, without addressing the "land-degrading, resource-alienating activities required to keep the growth-centered economy growing."
What is our response? Can sustainability discourses be implemented without being captured by the status quo? Are the African Union's Agenda 2063 proposals the answer? What dogmas about economy, personhood, earth and knowledge must be challenged? Can "Sustainability" do more than "talk left and walk right"?
The responses on this page take inspiration from the motto of Kenyan scholarly publisher Daraja:
"nurture reflection, shelter hope and inspire audacity"
Pools the knowledge of climate activists from around the world to offer an alternative framework for the Green New Deal
Nnimmo Bassey founded the Health of Mother Earth Foundation in Nigeria, and runs the School of Ecology
Recent work by Filipa Cesar on Amilcar Cabral's early work on soil as the basis of wellbeing
Professor Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
"Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming?
Vandana Shiva is an Indian author, ecofeminist, scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty activist and advocate.
Author of Dear Science and Other Stories (Duke 2021) Katherine McKittrick attends to the links between epistemological narrative, liberation, and creative text.
Ikal Angelei is the Director of Friends of Lake Turkana in Kenya. She is a champion of ecosystem and environment protection, natural resource governance and community rights.
Lungisile Ntsebeza is the National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa.
Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, plant ecologist, writer and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York.
Firoze Manji is a Kenyan activist and the founder and publisher of Daraja Press, and is Adjunct Professor, Institute of African Studies at Carleton University. He focuses on international development, health, human rights, teaching, publishing and political organizing.
Hamza Hamouchene is a London-based Algerian researcher-activist at the Transnational Institute (TNI) and a founding member of both the Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC) and Environmental Justice North Africa (EJNA).
In her current capacity as co-chair of the Club of Rome that foresaw the present sustainability crisis in the 1970s, Dr Ramphele is working to bring thought leaders and business together to rethink economics sustainably.
Named as one of Africa's most Outstanding Young Women leaders in 2013 and the Young Achiever of the Year 2015. Blacklisted and banned from entering Egypt since March 2014.
HOMEF offers resources to communities working for environmental justice and sustainability across Africa
The Anthropocene Curriculum is a long-term initiative that explores frameworks for critical knowledge and education in our ongoing transition into a new, human dominated geological epoch—the Anthropocene.
#LearningPlanet is about co-creating a world with values, actions and ambitions aiming towards the health and well-being of oneself, of others and of the planet, in accordance with the UnitedNations’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
"For their final projects, students choose a particular social problem, then research it and write a thesis on how to resolve it."
Dedicated to addressing ecological recovery and civic rejuvenation through the arts and humanities, and will be incorporated in September 2021 as a community benefit society.
Springer Nature's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Programme aims to connect the researchers who are tackling the world’s toughest challenges with the practitioners in policy and business who desperately need those insights to achieve their goals in improving the world
The invitation to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 is simultaneously an invitation to Universities to rethink inherited structures of teaching; modes of delivery, and paradigmatic frameworks -- including the division of nature from society, and natural from social science.
Problem-based teaching, based on a local situation, will advance conversations across disciplines, equipping graduates to bring on board multiple skills and capacities.
Understanding different interpretive frameworks of "Sustainability". Learning how evidence is produced in answer to specific questions and assembled via specific techniques (e.g. maps; spreadsheets; databases) that address sectoral concerns.
Teaching "sustainability literacy" will equip students to read, recognise and respond to different appropriations of the Agendas; understanding and negotiating interpretive frameworks and competing agendas.
Learning how to hear those who most often silenced. African HE graduates trained in advancing sustainability will be characterised by their "response-ability" to the total context.
A focus on lived experience will facilitate the presence of learners as whole selves, in their learning. Embedding learning in a local environment equips students to bring into the classroom what they already know, and test, hone and connect life knowledge with classroom learning. A pedagogy of de-alienation is crucial on the African continent, and in the global south
Students will be invited to develop the skills of generative critique and mutually respectful transdisciplinary engagement. Social science students will be invited to engage with material flows; science students with the power of ideas. All students will engage with policy, governance, infrastructure, planning and decision-making.
Students will understand how research questions can be framed and knowledge is tested in different disciplines.