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New webinar series on empowering people to live better and lighter

  • Published on June 12, 2020
‘Sustainable Living 1.5: Empowering People to live better and lighter’ is a new webinar series to shape and inform the dialogue on identifying people centric approaches in a post COVID19 world.

Unprecedented events have thrust us to re-examine how we live - questioning how we can emerge from the current crisis and as a healthy, resilient and prosperous society. COVID-19 leads us to question not only healthcare systems, but all the interlinked systems that meet our daily needs and enable us to pursue aspirations. In a world stretched thin for resources and under threat from global health concerns, biodiversity loss and climate change, our living and lifestyle decisions will (collectively) determine our future. This watershed moment underscores the need for a people-centric approach –underpinned by the Sustainable Development Goals, not as a measure of our ambition but as the lowest common denominator for the future.

Sustainable living requires understanding current impacts and finding new ways for everyone to live healthy, better, and lighter.

Within building back better, focusing on people-centric systems to meet needs for food, health, housing, living, and mobility offers a vast potential to fast track sustainability. In addition, how can we harness what has recently, effectively changed behavior (eg social media, evidence-based information and authenticity) for a more circular and sustainable future? What is the role of youth and cultural influencers who set today’s trends and will be tomorrow’s leaders? Experts and lay persons alike agree that sharing impactful, real experience and synergizing action are critical in this fast-paced world.

People get up and live their lives and aspirations. Experience shows that people do not change behavior based on what they should do, data and statistics, nor on negative future scenarios. People make decisions based on price, accessibility, effectiveness, and additional criteria like well-being or trends. Sustainability is not the defining criteria. Even people who want to live more sustainably often lack affordable, accessible and desirable products and services. Hence beyond individuals, governments and businesses must provide information, promote positive behavior change, and support new business models to make healthy and sustainable living the default option.

Sustainable Living 1.5: Empowering people to live better and lighter

Within this context UNEP, in tandem with the One Planet Network and its programmes working with partners like EcoCity Builders, Hot or Cool and related projects and initiatives is hosting 'Sustainable Living 1.5: Empowering people to live better and lighter'. This leadership webinar series will shape and inform the dialogue on identifying people centric approaches in a post COVID19 world. Based on evidence, what has proven to change behavior during the pandemic, and the new policy wild cards like youth activists and social media cultural influencers, the dialogue will feed sustainability dialogues on how to effectively engage people and youth in building back better. They will cover the following:

  • The case for sustainable lifestyles (people centric approaches) in a post COVID19 world.
  • Deep Dives: how we live and what we can do to live better and lighter
  • Creating, motivating and celebrating change: existing good practices for replication
  • Available and impactful tools and resources for policy and changemakers

Recognizing the dramatic increase in webinars for outreach and promotion, this leadership series draws on and contributes to related forums; initiatives, campaigns and research, and targets intermediaries and organizations that work with people, communities and policy makers, offering a specialized platform to explore and incentivize more sustainable behavior in lifestyles.

The series will inspire participants to drive change, highlight operational forward pathways for more sustainable living; underscore lifestyle features within the Sustainable Development Goals; and provide key evidence and communication messages for targeted communities of practice. UNEP will curate the series in collaboration with partners and experts, allying with other series and events to create further synergies. It will run 3rd and 4th quarters of 2020, aiming to have a webinar every 3-4 weeks.

The first webinar 'Getting Serious about Living' is on 23 of June. 


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