From doorways to wedding cake | LSBU Sustainability Research Group panel discussion on SDGs

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NOTE: Text and photographs by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/).

Goal-posted doorways and wedding cake were among the bizarre themes that surfaced at a panel discussion on the role of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in supporting and promoting a more sustainable world held at London South Bank University (LSBU) on 28 June 2018.

Titled ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): from Global to Local’, the discussion was hosted by LSBU Sustainability Research Group of the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility.

The event was chaired by Dr Hugh Atkinson (Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy), who is a Member of the Sustainability Research Group as well as the Management Group of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Dr Duncan Tyler (Head of the Division of Urban Environment and Leisure Studies, LSBU) briefly introduced the three distinguished speakers:
Hilary Macleod (Vice president, Australian Association for Environmental Education AAEE, Member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Commission on Education and Communication, and environmental educator/ consultant from Queensland, Australia)
Dr Katherine Eames (Senior Sustainability Project Officer at the Greater London Authority and Co-ordinator of London Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition)
Dr Paul Vare (Senior Lecturer, Research Development, School of Education, University of Gloucestershire and Member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Commission on Education and Communication)

The presentations session of the three panellists was followed by a Q&A session, which generated interesting discussions with active participation of the 50-strong audience who had sacrificed the live coverage of the England-Belgium World Cup match!

World as an interconnected whole
SDGs are a woven web. One cannot talk about one goal, ignoring the other sixteen. Systems thinking can help us understand the world as an interconnected whole – a fact that the SDGs illustrate so vividly.

SDGs ‘Wedding Cake’
The SDGs ‘wedding cake’, developed by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, puts the Global Goals into perspective, implying that economy and society are embedded parts of biosphere. This caky model illustrates the fact that ecological limits form basis of the SDGs.

Doorways to sustainability
SDGs can act as doorways to the world of sustainability. For academics, Goal No 4 Quality Education could be the main doorway.

Quality Education
In Goal 4 Quality Education, what does quality mean? Quality education means sustainability and education with values. Moreover, not only the content but also the process (i.e. how it is delivered) would be important.

All are in
We need the support of all sections of society to achieve the SDGs by 2030. For instance the corporate sector has the cash and the governments have the legal frameworks. Different sectors can play different roles in this endeavour.

Feel empowered
Many people think that government should act on SDGs or business should but we as individuals cannot have an impact. We should not feel disempowered. For instance the plastics issue has generated a huge civic demand for action by all.

Public engagement
How to engage all sections of society with SDGs? The environmental/ sustainability movement has been hindered by a communications problem and SDGs endeavour could suffer from the same illness. To engage all with SDGs, we must speak in a language that they can understand.

The discussion was followed by a reception for networking.

NOTE: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The 17 SDGs that the 193 member states of the UN signed up to in 2015 are ambitious in scope and, when taken together, they represent a real opportunity to develop a global strategy for localities to fight poverty and global inequality, and to tackle climate change and protect the environment.

Sustainability Research Group meeting

The third meeting of the LSBU Sustainability Research Group, chaired by Professor Ros Wade, was held before this event.

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Launched in November 2017 and hosted by LSBU School of Law and Social Sciences, the Sustainability Research Group on Policy, Practice and Pedagogy aims to achieve sustainability through research, education and action.

The group aims to develop and promote research and action on sustainability as a new and emerging interdisciplinary area, drawing from the social sciences as well as other disciplinary landscapes in order to address the complex, real-world wicked problems of today, such as climate change, global inequality, forced migration, biodiversity loss, social and environmental justice.

Framed within the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNESCO’s Global Action Plan (GAP), the group’s work is linked to the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility at LSBU’s School of Law and Social Sciences.

Moreover, building on the work of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainability (EfS), which is hosted at LSBU, the group links with the wider global RCE network of the UN University and UNESCO networks.

Note: Logos in the graphic are from respective websites.

 

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LSBU Sustainability Research Group to host panel discussion | SDGs: from Global to Local

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NOTE: Text and graphics by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/).

 

London South Bank University’s Sustainability Research Group of the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility will host a panel discussion on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the university (Room DC12/13 in the Clarence Centre) on Thursday 28 June 2018 from 5 to 6.30pm.

 

This event is free to attend but prior booking is required. EventBrite page:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-sustainable-development-goals-from-global-to-local-tickets-46754916213

 

Titled ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): from Global to Local’, this insightful discussion on the role of the SDGS in supporting and promoting a more sustainable world feature three distinguished speakers:

 

Hilary Macleod (Environmental educator and consultant from Queensland, Australia): Has worked with a number of key global agencies including UNESCO.

 

Dr Katherine Eames (Senior Sustainability Project Officer at the Greater London Authority): Currently co-ordinates the pan-London Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition, which supports London’s students to come up with innovative solutions for London to reduce carbon emissions.

 

Dr Paul Vare (Senior Lecturer, Research Development, School of Education, University of Gloucestershire): Has extensive international experience in the field of sustainability and his research and teaching specialism is the area of education and sustainable development.

 

The discussion will be followed by a reception for networking.

 

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

 

The 17 SDGs that the 193 member states of the UN signed up to in 2015 are ambitious in scope and, when taken together, they represent a real opportunity to develop a global strategy for localities to fight poverty and global inequality, and to tackle climate change and protect the environment.

 

LSBU Sustainability Research Group

 

Launched in November 2017 and hosted by LSBU School of Law and Social Sciences, the Sustainability Research Group on Policy, Practice and Pedagogy aims to achieve sustainability through research, education and action.

 

The group develops and promotes research and action on sustainability as a new and emerging interdisciplinary area, drawing from the social sciences as well as other disciplinary landscapes in order to address the complex, real-world wicked problems of today, such as climate change,  global inequality, forced migration, biodiversity loss, social and environmental justice.

 

Framed within the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNESCO’s Global Action Plan (GAP), the group’s work is linked to the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility at LSBU’s School of Law and Social Sciences.

 

Building on the work of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainability (EfS), which is hosted at LSBU, the group also links with the wider global RCE network of the UN University and UNESCO networks.

 

Note: Logos in the graphic are from respective websites.

 

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EventBrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-sustainable-development-goals-from-global-to-local-tickets-46754916213

 

LSBU Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/research/centres-groups/social-justice-global-responsibility

 

London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/

 

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Engineering Civilisation towards UN SDGs | London to host ICE/WFEO-led Global Engineering Congress 2018 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/engineering-civilisation-towards-un-sdgs-london-to-host-ice-wfeo-led-global-engineering-congress-2018/

 

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Newcastle SDGs Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

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LSBU launches SUSTAINABILITY research group | Policy, Practice and Pedagogy

NOTE: Text, photographs and graphics by Asitha Jayawardena (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/asithaj) as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (http://www.sustainableuni.kk5.org/). Logos are from websites of LSBU and RCE London.

 

London South Bank University (LSBU) launched a research group, ‘SUSTAINABILITY: Policy, Practice and Pedagogy’, in London on 2 November 2017.

 

Hosted by LSBU School of Law and Social Sciences, this Sustainability research group aims to achieve sustainability through research, education and action.

 

Sustainability through research, education and action

 

The group will develop and promote research and action on sustainability as a new and emerging interdisciplinary area which draws from the social sciences as well as other disciplinary landscapes in order to address the complex, real-world wicked problems of today, such as climate change,  global inequality, forced migration, biodiversity loss, social and environmental justice.

 

Framed within the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNESCO’s Global Action Plan (GAP), the group’s work will be linked to the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility at the School of Law and Social Sciences.

 

Building on the work of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainability (EfS), which is hosted at LSBU, the group will also link with the wider global RCE network of the UN University and UNESCO networks.

 

Inaugural meeting

 

Led by the group’s lead academics – Professor Ros Wade (LSBU Education for Sustainability EfS programme/ London RCE), Dr Glenn Strachan (LSBU EfS programme) and Lynn Vickery (London RCE) – the inaugural meeting was attended by academics from LSBU, the University of East London (UEL) and the University of Gloucestershire.

 

At this meeting, the participants developed a combined vision and sense of purpose in line with the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility, developed a two-year research strategy for the group and a timetable of actions/ events for 2017-2018, and planned a publication or a journal on addressing the themes of the SDGs.

 

LSBU, a sustainability leader in higher education

 

As an active leader in sustainability in UK higher education, LSBU hosts the RCE London, which was launched at the university in 2009. With RCE London, it hosted European RCE meeting 2016 on 23 and 24 June 2016.

LSBU and RCE London host European RCE Meeting 2016 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/lsbu-and-rce-london-host-european-rce-meeting-2016/

 

Notable among other conferences that the university has co-hosted with RCE London is the ESD London Conference 2014.

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ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

 

LSBU is also home to the pioneering masters course in Education for Sustainability, which celebrated 21st anniversary in early 2017.

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Education for Sustainability (EfS) | Pioneering LSBU course celebrates 21st anniversary https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/education-for-sustainability-efs-pioneering-lsbu-course-celebrates-21st-anniversary/

 

The university also hosts seminars by sustainability leaders and an example is the talk by eminent environmentalist and writer Jonathon Porritt CBE in 2015.

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Universities have an obligation to empower students to deal with climate change, says Porritt at LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/universities-have-an-obligation-to-empower-graduates-to-deal-with-climate-change-says-porritt-at-lsbu/

 

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Sustainability at LSBU http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/about-us/sustainability

 

London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainability (EfS) https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/

 

LSBU Masters programme in Education for Sustainability (EfS) http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/education-sustainability-msc

 

Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability Engagement

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Sustainability STORYTELLING

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Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/

 

Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability

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Humans, save yourselves from climate change ~ Mother Nature https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/humans-save-yourselves-from-climate-change-mother-asitha-jayawardena

 

POETRY | CLIMATE CHANGE | Will we change? Yes, we will, says Al Gore https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/climate-change-we-yes-says-al-gore-asitha-jayawardena

 

So growth isn’t supreme if it’s not green? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/so-growth-isnt-supreme-asitha-jayawardena

 

Let’s leave foolish humanity alone ~ Aliens https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lets-leave-foolish-humanity-alone-aliens-asitha-jayawardena

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

SUSTAINABILITY | Is there a definition? If not, can we make one? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-definition-can-we-make-one-asitha-jayawardena

 

STORY | A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

 

STORY | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena

 

STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talking-elephant-systems-light-modern-folk-tale-two-jayawardena

 

The business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-case-sustainability-what-ceos-unilever-ms-tui-jayawardena

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

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LSBU and RCE London host European RCE Meeting 2016

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The European RCE Meeting 2016 (#RCELondon2016) took place at London South Bank University (LSBU) on 23-24 June 2016.

 

Hosted by LSBU and the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), this two day event was attended by nearly 50 participants and most were representatives from 17 RCEs across Europe, which are part of the global RCE network of the United Nations University.

 

The first day of the meeting began with a brief outline by Professor Ros Wade (Chair, RCE London) and Professor Pat Bailey (Deputy Vice Chancellor and Sustainability Lead at LSBU) welcomed the participants to LSBU.

 

During the day, the participants focused on finding synergies in the European RCE community and on tackling thematic challenges under the current policy frameworks COP21, SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and TTIP. Moreover, they strived to identify the roles that RCEs can play in the GAP (Global Action Programme on ESD) and SDGs while exploring opportunities for collaboration within RCEs and beyond. They also considered the challenges that lie ahead.

 

In the meantime, they did not forget to share and celebrate the excellent work that European RCEs are doing across the continent, sometimes with non-European partners.

 

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Among the key elements of the first day’s programme were:

  • Setting the global context – Implications for RCEs | Dr Hugh Atkinson (Schumacher Institute of Sustainable Solutions)
  • Poster session: RCEs – state of the art: What is going on in Europe?
  • Report back from visit to UNESCO | Dr Jaya Gajparia (LSBU)
  • Working groups (world café) on key issues and GAP/ SDG priority areas
  • Transition Town Movement: linking local communities, local action with global issues | Hilary Jennings (Transition Town Movement)
  • Workshop: Skills for ESD | Dr Glenn Strachan (LSBU) and Betsy King

 

Day Two, with a focus on celebrating Refugee Week, mainly comprised a workshop and discussion forum on the issue of migration and refugees and implications for the role of RCEs. A draft position paper ‘Education as a Tool for Responding European Refugee Crisis’ prepared by Dr Pinar Guner (LSBU) was discussed by the participants.

 

Among the key elements of the second day’s programme were:

  • Refugee Stories | Alia Alzougbi (HEC Global Learning Centre, London)
  • Key points from and purpose of the draft position paper for RCEs | Dr Pinar Guner (LSBU) (Resource person: Professor Gaim Kibreab, LSBU)
  • Group Discussion: What is the role for RCEs? | Facilitators: Ros Wade and Lynn Vickery
  • Preparation for the next Global RCE Conference | Facilitators: Lynn Vickery and Hugh Atkinson

 

A report of the meeting was sent for dissemination by the RCE Service Centre.

 

The next European RCE meeting will be hosted by RCE Dortmund in Germany in 2018.

 

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

 

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Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education: Engaging Communities of Learning in Change for Sustainability

GUNi-eventRio+20 Treaty on Higher Education: Engaging Communities of Learning in Change for Sustainability, a side event of the 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education  organised by the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), will be held at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in Barcelona on 13 May 2013.

 

This event, co-organised by COPERNICUS Alliance and the United Nations University Advanced Studies Institute (UNU IAS), through its Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) initiative, aims to discuss the Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education and to share innovative practice in sustainability in higher education.

 

The participants can select one panel from each of the following two groups:

  • Whole institution approach to sustainable development; Social responsibility
  • Learning for sustainable development; Community engagement and outreach

 

The plenary will be on ‘Leading transformational change in higher education.’

 

The event’s outcome will be a publication to be launched at the end of the year.

 

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International “Learning for the Future” Conference on ESD (The Netherlands)

SML-Rhine-Muse-ConfInternational “Learning for the Future” Conference on Creating Open Educational Regions for ESD (OPEDUCA) through School Community Collaboration (CODES) will be held in Maastricht / Kerkrade, The Netherlands from 13 to 16 May 2013.

A cooperation of the EU Codes Project, the European RCE Alliance and Environment and School Initiatives (ENSI), the conference will focus on the relevance and working of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the region.

 

Working towards the 2015-2025 era (i.e. the aftermath of the UN Decade for ESD 2005-2014), the conference will take up initiative to explore, share and formulate a joint vision to take ESD further.

 

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RCEs on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): UN University calls for applications

SML-RCE_world_maIs your organization interested in joining the global network of Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) developed by the United Nations University? The UN University is now accepting applications for RCEs and the deadline for expressions of interest is 15 April 2013.

 

An RCE is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal education organizations that deliver ESD to local and regional communities. The 116 RCEs (as of January 2013) worldwide that make up the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development are translating the global objectives of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005–2014) into their respective local and regional contexts.

 

London, the first European capital city to set up an RCE, joined this global network in 2009.

 

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