Presentations

Director Vinit Allen is available to present at conferences and events on the following topics:

1. Global Sustainability — the big picture

Understanding the basics of what it would take to achieve global sustainability—a healthy planet and a just, thriving human society—begins with understanding the primary cultural drivers that are causing so much damage. The many threatening issues we face, both environmental and social, are symptoms of these cultural drivers, so this is the most effective place to focus our work. The presentation features a powerful short documentary video, as well as an interactive exercise that reveals how strongly our own cultural input has affected our worldview and behavior.

2. The Ecological Footprint — our most critical indicator for personal and global sustainability

The ability to quantify the many environmental challenges we face is critical to solving them; the adage “what gets measured gets managed” applies fully here. The Footprint is a precise way of measuring our impact, from our own personal actions and consumption, to those of our community, nation, continent and the planet as a whole. This impact is in relation to the natural regenerative capacity of the planet, so we become very clear how much we are drawing against our “principal” of available resources.

3. The “Three Pillars of Sustainability” — why every issue includes ecology, economy and equity.

We now know that environmental, social and economic issues all need to be approached holistically, taking into account the other two. Environmental issues, for example, have social and economic implications that are part of the causes and must be addressed—hence the term environmental justice (EJ). We’ve learned a lot recently from both failed and successful attempts to deal with problems, and the one thing that’s crucial is to bring all the stakeholders in to bear on the issues.

4. Personal Actions for a Healthy Environment — in order of priority

Many of us now know many “green” actions we can take, but few people know the relative impacts of these actions. How many compact fluorescent bulbs would we need to install to offset a plane trip of 500 miles? Recent data now allows us to know how different actions compare in terms of actually lowering our personal Footprint, and why.

5. Sustainable Communities — principles and practices

We now have several excellent models for successful local communities, such as Transition Towns and BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies). We examine the proven principles and practices, and look at successful examples in different parts of the world. What are the areas we need to work on, and what are the steps to get there?

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Roadmap to a Healthy Future — the game plan for humanity

As we are finding out, solving humanity’s big challenges in the key areas of environment, human rights and economics will require a great deal of cross-sector collaboration—the days of the single issue silo focus are over. This lively and engaging dialogue with a diverse group of influential movers and shakers will be exploring what the key foundations need to be for a master plan that will move us in the direction of a world based on ecological stewardship and social justice, and what each of us can do to help bring this about.

Past Presentations