A1 Journal article (refereed)
Building up an ecologically sustainable and socially desirable post-COVID-19 future (2021)

Duflot, R., Baumeister, S., Burgas, D., Eyvindson, K., Triviño, M., Blattert, C., Kuparinen, A., & Potterf, M. (2021). Building up an ecologically sustainable and socially desirable post-COVID-19 future. Sustainability Science, 16(4), 1397-1403. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-021-00940-z

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All authors or editors: Duflot, Rémi; Baumeister, Stefan; Burgas, Daniel; Eyvindson, Kyle; Triviño, María; Blattert, Clemens; Kuparinen, Anna; Potterf, Mária

Journal or series: Sustainability Science

ISSN: 1862-4065

eISSN: 1862-4057

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 05/04/2021

Volume: 16

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 1397-1403

Publisher: Springer

Publication country: Japan

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-021-00940-z

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/75027


COVID-19 crisis has emphasized how poorly prepared humanity is to cope with global disasters. However, this crisis also offers a unique opportunity to move towards a more sustainable and equitable future. Here, we identify the underlying environmental, social, and economic chronic causes of the COVID-19 crisis. We argue in favour of a holistic view to initiate a socio-economic transition to improve the prospects for global sustainability and human well-being. Alternative approaches to “Business-As-Usual” for guiding the transition are already available for implementation. Yet, to ensure a successful and just transition, we need to change our priorities towards environmental integrity and well-being. This necessarily means environmental justice, a different worldview and a closer relationship with nature.

Keywords: Anthropocene; global problems; COVID-19; sustainable development; ecological sustainability; biodiversity; climate changes; social sustainability; environmental policy; social justice; well-being

Free keywords: Anthropocene; biodiversity loss; climate change; degrowth; environmental justice; environmental policy; sustainability; well-being

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Reporting Year: 2021

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