As part of the Beyond Sustainability: Radical Transformation Through System Thinking project, researchers have launched the Beyond Sustainability Hub on Clubhouse as a means to engage and exchange ideas with the public about the need for transformative thinking and action on climate change.
Upcoming Conversation Rooms
February 2, 2022: It’s totally possible that Mother Nature may have the solutions!
Mother Nature may have the solutions! “Only when the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize that we cannot eat money.” — Indigenous proverb
Do we always need to exploit everything? We need to rethink our ways of exploiting resources. Why not talk about a circular economy? This may be a great step forward.
February 9, 2022, 9:25 EDT: nature-based solutions: Can Mother Earth fix the problems?
Nature-based solutions: Can Mother Earth fix the problems?
Since 2020, governments across the world are using the buzz-term “Nature-based Solutions”. In Canada, we are mainly talking about biodiversity… What is biodiversity? Is it Government’s new fashionable term?
February 16, 2022, 9:25 EDT: protected areas the only solutions to save our planet?
Are protected areas the only solutions to save our planet?
One tool in the toolbox of Nature-based Solutions is the protection of biodiversity through the creation of protected areas. Not all countries have the same vision. Let’s talk about Effective Conservation Measures or OECMs (Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures).
February 23, 2022, 9:25 EDT :Why are we not restoring what we have destroyed? Are we not obligated to a strategy of restoration?
Why are we not restoring what we have destroyed? Are we not obligated to implement a strategy of restoration? In June 2021, the UN Decade on Ecosystem restoration was launched. What does this mean and how can it be linked to beyond sustainability and system thinking? Can we use this decade as a path for radical transformation? Why not? Why not now?
Past Conversation Rooms
Wednesday June 30: What is beyond sustainability?
A fundamental overhaul of how we see ourselves with a paradigm shift from a humanist understanding of the world toward a system thinking model that puts nature at its center.
Wednesday July 21: What are ecosystems?
Infinite versus finite? Beyond Sustainability is an international think tank launched for the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021.
Wednesday July 28: What is systems thinking?
Systems thinking and how is it applied.
Wednesday August 4: What is transdisciplinary knowledge?
Transdisciplinary knowledge and how can it be applied.
August 11: HOW OUR WORLDVIEW SHAPES OUR CHOICES
What is your view of the world?
Our views and perceptions have been formed by the way we have been raised, our culture, our environment, etc. A Western capitalist worldview is market and money driven so we ask is it the only way forward? Or are there more sustainable worldview that are closer to nature?
Let’s explore them together!
August 18: WHY SDGs ARE NOT ENOUGH
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda and its sustainable development goals (SDGs). This agenda is for all countries in the world, not only the developing countries like the Millennium Development Goals. But what do countries really do as they have the right to pick and chose the SDGs that fit their interest? Why the SDGs remain a problem? Can we really achieve them worldwide by 2030?
August 25: DOES EARTH HAVE A TIME LIMIT?
Are we close to the tipping point?
When we talk about planetary boundary, we often make connection with climate change and food security. Are they the only thing we need to worry about? What about water? Are we consuming more than we really need? And all these electronics with the need for rare elements… where are they coming from? Are they easy to extract and do we have sufficient quantity for the long term? What will happen over time ?
September 1: IS RETHINKING OUR CONNECTION TO NATURE JUST AN ILLUSION (PART 1)
With our current western world based on consumption and mainly urban life, people have become more and more disconnected with nature. Many have pushed to reconnect with nature to be more respectful of it and realize that many solutions can be found there. Some will state that watching videos about nature will suffice to reconnect while others will argue that there is a need to experience being with nature. What is the best solution? Is experiencing nature means automatically that people will be more respectful and conscious to protect our environment?
September 8: RETHINKING OUR CONNECTION TO NATURE (PART 2)
Finding solution, but probably not in the western world.
Other cultures then the western world have already started (or in fact continued) to work on being the stewards of the world and have developed solutions or practices that are based on a more viable way of life. It does not mean to go back in time but to better understand our relationships with nature.
September 15: TWO EYED SEEING EMBRACING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
Two-Eyed Seeing (Etuaptmumk in Mi’kmaw) is a concept introduced by Mi’kmaw First Nation (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) Elders Albert and Murdena Marshallembraces “learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of mainstream knowledges and ways of knowing, as an alternative for merging western science and Indigenous Knowledge.
September 22: FROM SYSTEM THINKING TO TRANSFORMATIVE THINKING; READY?
We have discussed what system thinking is and how it shows that we cannot remain in silos and separate as most of the things we do are connected to something else. How can we now begin to embrace transformative thinking? What does it mean? What is transformation?
September 29: Do international agreements support transformation?
Through the United Nations and its system, countries have adopted hundreds of conventions, declarations and signed agreements such as the Paris Agreement, the Montreal Protocol, the Convention of Biological Diversity, etc. Now, after decades of signatures, are we further along a path for sustainability? Why are these pieces of paper still not working? Are there other alternative solutions?
October 6, 2021: U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. In June 2021, the UN Decade on Ecosystem restoration was launched and in September 2021 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France, the principles for ecosystem restoration were published. What are they and how can it be linked to beyond sustainability and system thinking? Can we use this decade as a path for radical transformation?
October 13, 2021: Celebrate sustainability through Art & Photography
Celebrate sustainability through Art & Photography. Arts, photos: expressing the importance of sustainability/nature Beyond Sustainability project is calling on everyone interested in expressing themselves to submit photos that for them represent nature (good or bad) with a few words to explain their perceptions. But why arts and photos are so important? We discuss the importance of arts and cultures in sustainability and expression of our crises.
October 20, 2021: Anthropogenic pollution in our bodies (Part 1)
Anthropogenic pollution in our bodies
Some of the most extreme acts of writing now being undertaken in the capitalist Anthropocene are being performed by petrochemicals. Anthropogenic pollution is not only rewriting our climate, but also the metabolism of our bodies. How might we shift the frames and scales of conventional forms of signification to bring into focus the often inscrutable biological and cultural writing intrinsic to this Anthropocene moment? What happens when we look into our bodies and see the signatures of multinational companies? What is the role of creative writing in making legible these challenges and reimagining relationships to them?
October 27, 2021: Continuation of the Pollution in our bodies (Part 2)
Continuation of the Pollution in our bodies with Adam Dickinson.
November 3, 2021: Climate Change, can we really cap temperature increase it at 1.5C?
November 3: Can we really cap it at 1.5C?
In early November, the nations are all meeting in Glasgow, UK for the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26. Is it the last attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic slowdown, the levels of emissions have increased in 2020. The level of carbon dioxide is now over 413 parts per million, something not recorded for the past 3 million years of the earth history. What are the solutions? The UK is encouraging people to be “#OneStepGreener”: can we all contribute?
November 10, 2021: Where does your energy come from?
What is your energy? We all need energy to be able to work, heat or cool our home, prepare food, etc. But do we often think where our electricity is coming from? Looking at the internet, everyone is claiming different sources as being the cleanest. While some prone that the green energy such as solar and wind, is the cleanest, others claim that nuclear remains the safest and cleanest. Is it by the end a question of perception?
November 17, 2021: COP 26 or COP OUT 26: What’s your view?
COP 26 or COP OUT 26: What’s your view?
Our focus for this Room, given the differing opinions and analysis regarding COP 26. Over 20,000 attendees could not agree on the final day! What odds do you think we have hold to 1.5 or survive?
November 24, 2021: Feeding the world, we need to be thinking beyond sustainability?
Feeding the world: are we thinking about sustainability or beyond sustainability? One of the major aspects of our lives that we may have lost our sense of nature and our intricate relationship with it is what we’re eating and how we produce food. We will discuss further on what it means system thinking in agriculture and how we can move from industrialized agriculture and even aquaculture to a more sustainable system.
December 8, 2021: Wasting food: Food waste is a major problem in the world.
Wasting food: Food waste is a major problem in the world. Canadian households waste 79 kilograms of food per year! Making things with leftovers is quite easy and economical. Same with older or ripe fruit and vegetables, they can all be used for alternative ideas. People can be compulsive buyers when they go grocery shopping. We need to be more careful with what we buy and how we use food.
December 15, 2021: Do we really need all that stuff?
Do we really need all that stuff?? Consumerism is huge and big business. But do we really need all these new toys? Families spend on average $581 per year on toys on kids between 2 and 12 years old! This represents a lot of toys. What is sad most kids will not play with them for more than a couple of weeks. The other danger is that children do not use as much their imagination and creativity with most of these toys. So, why not bringing back the old crayons and papers?
Great benefits by reducing energy waste
December 22nd, 2021
Great benefits by reducing energy waste
We can all do it. It is simple to turn off lights when we leave a room, cook in batches, use cold water for laundry. So, why it’s not happening? What reasons do people have to now wanting to do their parts? Perceptions and social status are major obstacles. But when you think about it: saving energy is also saving money that can be used for something else.
January 5, 2022: Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs an incomplete science?
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): are they an incomplete science?
SDGs: incomplete science, or work in progress? Today we launch a new series to discuss the UN SDGs! What is the history of the SDGs and are they too little too late?
January 12, 2022: Why the sustainable development goals are not enough
Why are sustainable development goals insufficient?
Where did the SDGs begin? In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda and its sustainable development goals (SDGs). Why do they remain a challenge? Can we achieve them worldwide by 2030?
January 19, 2022: We need a new vision for Sustainability that takes us beyond talk
We need a new vision for Sustainability that takes us Beyond talk. What’s the difference between Sustainability and Beyond Sustainability? Systems thinking, naturally! If sustainability is a process, what lays beyond sustainability?
January 26, 2022: Rethinking our connection to nature: a solution?
Rethinking our connection to nature: a solution?
With our current western world based on consumption and mainly urban life, people have become more and more disconnected from nature. Does experiencing nature necessarily entail we will be more respectful and conscious to protect our environment?