Making change and transformation really happen
Season 2, Ep. 5
Calls for transformation are popping up everywhere these days, but transformations are not easy or quick fixes. How can we make change happen?Within calls for transformation, there seems to be a hunger - a hunger to slow down, spend time healing, and to feel more connected; to ourselves, to each other, and to the ecosystems we are a part of.But how can that happen? And can we create that kind of healing at scales large enough that it will contribute to the kinds of transformations that may create a different kind of future.In this episode, Stockholm Resilience Centre researcher Michele-Lee Moore talks to two experts on what it takes to step away from the status quo and established modes of thinking.Dr. Vanessa Andreotti is an expert on race, inequality, and education and focuses on collective processes for both healing and re-thinking how we create alternative futures, and Dr Per Espen Stoknes, is a psychologist and expert on scenarios and sustainable economics.Together they unravel some of the s obstacles that exist for transformation to really happen.
Communicating science in the age of the Anthropocene
Season 2, Ep. 4
The age of humans is messing things up in many different ways. Not only is human pressure on the environment changing the earth system in unprecedented ways, trust in science is faltering while media and journalism remains fragmented. The consequence is a siloed world at a time when trust and collaboration is sorely needed. Science communication requires creativity, joy, perseverance, the courage to try something new and, actively finding ways to work around the weaknesses in the system.In this episode, Andrew Merrie talks toMaddie Stone, a freelance science journalist and previously the managing editor of the Gizmodo Earther ‘Nature for Nerds’ blog. Her work has appeared in outlets such as Vice, National Geographic, Grist, the Washington Post, The Atlantic and more. Andrew also talks to Owen Gaffney, a sustainability communicator and strategist for organizations such as the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Global Commons Alliance.More information, including links to mentioned publications: https://rethink.earth/communicating-science-in-the-age-of-the-anthropocene/
Our oceans are suffering, how can we make them healthy again?
Season 2, Ep. 3
No matter where in the world you live, your life is affected by the ocean. But many of our oceans are sick, and have been so for a while.So what’s keeping them from bouncing back to full health? Well, it’s partly down to not agreeing on what a healthy ocean actually looks like that makes it hard to settle on the best course of action. But things might be about to change, albeit slowly.New science-based tools like theOcean Health Indexoffer comprehensive assessments of the social, economic, and environmental conditions of an ocean.In this episode, Susa Niiranen talks to Ben Halpern the creator of the Ocean Health Index, and Thorsten Blenckner, a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre who with his team has developed a spin-off called theBaltic Health Index.Together, they explore what it takes to restore an ocean to a good health and to what extent these new assessments can help us to reach our goals.More information, including links to mentioned publications: www.rethink.earth/making-our-oceans-healthy-again/
Will the Ocean Science Decade help make our oceans healthy again?
Season 2, Ep. 2
The ocean has gone from infinite, wild and thriving to finite, fragile and full of garbage. It feeds us, generates most of the air we breathe, helps to regulate our climate, provides treatments for disease and represents a new economic frontier. But we have limited time to get people to pay attention, anticipate change, prepare for surprise and act for a more sustainable ocean future. This is why the UN has introduced aDecade of Ocean sciencefor a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to strengthen the management of our ocean. But will it actually work?In this episode, Andrew Merrie talks to Helen Ågren, Ambassador for the Ocean for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs andGuillermo Ortuño-Crespo, a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and one the leaders behind the UN Ocean Decade Early Career Ocean Professional Initiative.More information, including links to the mentioned material: https://rethink.earth/he-ocean-science-decade
In the SDGs, where have biodiversity and ecosystem services gone?
Season 2, Ep. 1
Despite the world entering the last decade to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) biodiversity and ecosystem services remain chronically undervalued and largely missing. As the world is entering the last decade to meet the goals, a change in thinking and approach is needed.In this episode Albert Norström talks to Liz Selig, deputy director at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University, and Belinda Reyers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University and the Future Africa Campus at University of Pretoria in South Africa.They warn that unless action is taken, progress toward the goals is jeopardised. So the question remains: how can we better capture the role of biodiversity for sustainable development?More information, including links to mentioned publications: https://rethink.earth/1-in-the-sdgs-where-have-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services-gone/
The 2020 Human Development Report
Season 1, Ep. 11
Every year since 1990, the United Nations Development Programme has published theHuman Development Report. The report has increasingly emphasised the links between the environment and human development, and today, on its 30th anniversary, it shows more than ever the importance of a stable climate and resilient ecosystems.In this episode, Fredrik Moberg talks to Pedro Conceição, lead author of the Human Development Report, and Belinda Reyers, senior advisor at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.Together they discuss questions like: In the age of the Anthropocene, why is the Human Development Report still such an important report? And how can resilience thinking contribute to new global development strategies?More information, including links to mentioned publications: https://rethink.earth/the-2020-human-development-report/
What it takes to make science and business connect
Season 1, Ep. 10
Science and industry have much to gain from working more closely together. But their methods and expectations can sometimes feel worlds apart. What makes them so different and what is needed to create more successful collaborations?In this episode Lisen Schultz, deputy director of transdisciplinarity at the Stockholm Resilience Centre talks to colleague Henrik Österblom and Darian McBain, director for corporate affairs and sustainability at Thai Union, the world’s largest canned tuna producer. Together they share thoughts and experiences on how it is working together to make the world’s largest seafood companies more sustainable.More information, including links to mentioned publications: https://rethink.earth/what-it-takes-to-make-science-and-business-connect/
After COVID-19: imagining a safe and just future for all
Season 1, Ep. 9
Right now, the very idea of imagining the future might feel strange when the world is changing in ways we barely even understand. In this episode, we ask, is a safe and just future for all still possible? And what will it take to imagine and enact these kinds of futures? Host Andrew Merrie is joined by two people who spend much of their time thinking about this: Garry Peterson from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Laura Pereira from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University.More information, including links to mentioned publications:https://rethink.earth/after-covid-19-imagining-a-safe-and-just-future-for-all/
Building business resilience: what has Covid-19 taught us?
Season 1, Ep. 8
Economies around the world have been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and revealed serious vulnerabilities and weaknesses. What can we learn from today’s crisis to build more resilience into our systems?In this episode, host Robert Blasiak talks to Lisen Schultz from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.More info: https://rethink.earth/building-business-resilience-what-has-covid-19-taught-us/