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 editorsDuflot, Rémi; Baumeister, Stefan; Burgas, Daniel; Eyvindson, Kyle; Triviño, María; Blattert, Clemens; Kuparinen, Anna; Potterf, Mária

Journal or seriesSustainability Science



Publication year2021

Publication date05/04/2021


Issue number4

Pages range1397-1403


Publication countryJapan

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially 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.

KeywordsAnthropoceneglobal problemsCOVID-19sustainable developmentecological sustainabilitybiodiversityclimate changessocial sustainabilityenvironmental policysocial justicewell-being

Free keywordsAnthropocene; biodiversity loss; climate change; degrowth; environmental justice; environmental policy; sustainability; well-being

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Reporting Year2021

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